Updated: Oct 26, 2022
Drake revealed he was paid just $100.00 to be the opening act for Compton's very own Ice Cube's in 2006. The gig took place at the now-closed “Kool Haus” in Drake’s hometown of Toronto.
Drake confirms he was paid $100 to open for Ice Cube
The four-time Grammy Award winner revealed he was paid just hundred dollar to be the opening act for rapper Ice Cube’s Canada gig in 2006.
The Instagram account The Flyer Vault, which documents Toronto club and concert history, shared a post revealing Drizzy received just three figures as a support act for the N.W.A legend in 2006. The gig took place at the now-closed “Kool Haus” in Drake’s hometown of Toronto in August that year, performing from 10 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. before Cube hit the stage at 11:00 p.m.
“On August 19, 2006, Ice Cube headlined the Kool Haus with supporting act Drake in what was likely his first ever concert,” the post read. “The Boy got paid a handsome sum of $100 and performed cuts from his debut mixtape Room for Improvement which was released earlier that year. Classic history! Courtesy of @jb_smoooth.”
Drake provided some words of encouragement for those experiencing similar hardships at the start of their music careers took to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday (October 18) and wrote underneath: “This is for anybody getting 100 a show right now… keep going.”
The flyer also showed blacked-out invoice lines from Ramos Entertainment Management Group except for the payment to Drake, which shows $100.
Drake has come a long way since then. According to Touring Data, his last tour in 2019, The Assassination Vacation Tour, grossed $33,851,546 from just 23 shows across Europe. Prior to that, his 2018 Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour reportedly grossed $103,060,112 from 54 shows