Now that the cat is out of the bag and scampering in heat all over the internet, we are, of course, extremely excited to have Drake's first cover story. Written by longtime FADER familia Edwin "Stats" Houghton (author of our thoroughly thorough Ghetto Palms blog) and photographed by highly regarded photographer and shooter for us since FADER #1, Jonathan Mannion, the story is something you won't find anywhere else—a vivid description of Drake away from the spotlight, with his friends, mother and grandmother at home in Toronto. Houghton wrote the hell out of it and Mannion shot it like Drake was his blood brother: Hopefully, you'll read it and like it. Until it hits newsstands officially on August 18th, we are monitoring Drake's every move on the internet because that's our lifeblood, and this new version of "Successful," originally from Drake's So Far Gone mixtape, now slated for Trey Songz new album, just popped up. Songz adds a nice verse and it's still a constant singalong in this office as we scrape together change for subway fare.
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