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Is Drake an Honorary Texan?In May of 2009, a burgeoning unsigned rapper named Aubrey Drake Graham took the stage at Warehouse Live in Houston. Better known for his role in the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation than for his music, the Toronto native was unsure if anyone would actually show up to the concert. An empty crowd stings no matter the city, but this was Houston, and Drake loved Houston. He first met his mentor, Lil Wayne, in H-Town, and on his breakthrough mixtape, So Far Gone, he paid homage to the city by interpolating DJ Screw’s iconic “June 27th Freestyle” and securing a feature from Bun B. So, despite dreading a barren venue, Drake strode on stage and was greeted by a soon-to-be familiar sight: a…

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