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Drake Shows Big Love to Bow Wow After Iconic 1-2-3 Billboard Hot 100 Debut

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Ever since the #BowWowChallenge where people would fake their riches for the purpose of stunting online, it feels like Bow Wow's cultural influence has been a bit neglected. But Drake is set on giving him the flowers he thinks he deserves.

What's the bigger surprise here? Drizzy becoming the first artist in Hot 100 history to debut at the No. 1, 2 AND 3 positions, or Drizzy referring to Bow Wow while saying, "If it wasn’t for you, there wouldn’t be no me."

That's love: Seated next to Bow Wow at a table, Drake said, "I didn't know how else to bring in 1-2-3. I had to link with Wizzle." After reciting the chorus from Bow Wow's 2001 track, "Thank You," and sharing some laughs, Drake added on a more serious note, "I wanna thank you, man."

He then found quiet away from the main party and gave more context on his admiration for Bow Wow.

"Everybody wants to have drinks and everybody wants to celebrate and turn up and, you know, I just had to see Wizzle. I had to see Wizzle in person," he said. "If it wasn’t for you, there wouldn’t be no me. That’s why I’mma rock with y’all forevermore."

While Drake doesn't frequently mention Bow Wow among his leading influences, his respect for him may have something to do with the latter's R&B crossover success with hits like "Shortie Like Mine" and "Let Me Hold You." Plus, they're the same age (34) and both found fame as teenage actors.

You never know: Maybe he'll even bless "Wizzle" with a verse for his supposed final album, 'Before 30.' The impact would be incomparable – Drake recently made chart history in several ways:

On "What's Next," the song holding that top spot, The Boy calls his shot and shouts out one of his more widely known inspirations: Lil Wayne. "I'm movin' way too humble / Weezy had handed it off, I still got no fumbles / I'm on the hot one hundo, numero uno / This one ain't come with a bundle."


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