Drake Plans to Get High School Diploma This Summer

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Instead of spending his summer holed up in the studio, Drake is hitting the books. The Young Money rapper has shared plans to get his high school diploma.

While he’s topped the charts and sold out concerts across the globe, Drizzy is still determined to complete his education. “I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school,” he told Toronto’s NOW Magazine. “That’s my main focus after OVO Fest. I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that.”

The Canadian superstar will headline the 3rd Annual OVO Fest in Toronto on Sunday with guests A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, and The Weeknd. In the past, the festival has featured surprise performances from Eminem, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Stevie Wonder.

“I don’t want people to just come for the surprise guests, but at the same time I do put in a lot of effort and take a lot of pride in the friends that I can call up to travel to our city,” he said. “I don’t really call on too many people for favors, but for this one night I do.”

He also spoke about the evolution of R&B with newer acts like Frank Ocean and his fellow Canadian The Weeknd. “Surface R&B doesn’t work any more,” explained the 25-year-old. “The whole heartthrob thing, songs about unrealistic love and tearing your shirt off every show—that’s not really where it’s at any more. It’s becoming harder for those guys to sell records, and harder for them to succeed.”

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Drake reps Toronto with his new “416” tattoo.

Photo credit: NOW Magazine



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79 Comments

  1. Cranberry

    “The whole heartthrob thing, songs about unrealistic love and tearing your shirt off every show—that’s not really where it’s at any more. It’s becoming harder for those guys to sell records, and harder for them to succeed.”

    READ FIST BROWN DOWN, AUBREY. I see no lies.

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    Vega Reply:

    @Cranberry, I was thinking the same thing as I read that.

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    ether Reply:

    @Cranberry, haha i thouhgt the same too. chris brown carrer is going downhill

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    1-800-SlapThatDELUSION Reply:

    @ether, No, just your grammar. He’s almost seven years in and just received his first Grammy and first number one album, WORLDWIDE. Grasp the stats.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @1-800-SlapThatDELUSION, anyone can purchase an album, sis. Some people even do it sixteen times. Grasp those stats.

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    1-800-SlapThatDELUSION Reply:

    @Cranberry, And no one in the R&B category sold as much as Chris did. Don’t nobody give a fuck how pressed you are. Grasp those stats.

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    oftidgaf Reply:

    @Cranberry, were you not aware of the sales between all artist? cuz I could’ve swore chris sold more. usher and him had number one albums and chris had not only that but a number one ww. now I can see why you are mad. LOL what a joke.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @oftidgaf, who is even talking about Usher? DRAKE sold more than Chris first week, babe. Around 500K more. I mean…

    1-800-SlapThatDELUSION Reply:

    @Cranberry, Your ass scratch your pubes until you see an open door, huh? LMFAO. The way you suck this nigga’s dick is real. Sadly, CHRIS Brown doesn’t just focus on R&B. He never has. He believes in MUSIC, not GENRES. I didn’t think CB when he said that, I thought TS. A lot of people did but you? You’re too jealous to look past this guy. Why? Don’t. I can’t with delusional bitches.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @1-800-SlapThatDELUSION, Jealous? Of what? Being an uneducated, homophobic, morally corrupt, abusive pothead? That’s a ki if I’ve ever seen one.

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    1-800-SlapThatDELUSION Reply:

    @Cranberry, WOWWWWWWW! He’s homophobic because he doesn’t agree with gays? Shit, I don’t either! It’s a sin. God didn’t put men on this earth to sex each other. That’s where Eve came in to play. SOCIETY, smh. He’s a pothead because you’ve seen pictures of SMOKE and NO receipts of what kind? And of course abusive because of his mistake three years ago. You’re hilarious. You have a spirit I don’t need to lend my life to. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Carry along with the sucking.

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    Daylight Reply:

    @1-800-SlapThatDELUSION, Yeah, because Chris Brown totally doesn’t smoke weed.

    Next you’ll say he knows how to keep his hands to himself and you’d expect us to believe that too.

    You’re the only one I see making up bullshit excuses to defend your favorite R&B artist so keep your mouth shut about dick sucking. Rinse his salt out of your mouth and keep your stupid ass prayers to yourself. No one needs them.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @1-800-SlapThatDELUSION, save your prays for yourself. You are the one showing battered person’s syndrome defending a woman beater. Look at YOUR life. Look at YOUR choices.

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    Pure Reply:

    @Cranberry,
    LOL… I agree!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Cranberry, You mean to tell me this Idiot doesn’t have his diploma. What a lame. Degrassi should know better than this. He’s an embarassment to YMCMB..Oh well, The Queen has hers, that’s all that matters.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, girl, I don’t care about Drake and his ~edumacation. I’m here for a Chris Brown dragging.

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  2. Banana

    Unrealistic love? Oh right, my bad, I forgot I was in 2012.

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  3. Alex

    I thought he was talking about Trey Songz lol.

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  4. Mr Nice Watch

    hahaha

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  5. Grant

    If that wasn’t shade towards Chris Brown I dont know what else it could possibly be, unless it could possibly be the truth.

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    RG2 Reply:

    @Grant, Honestly at first I thought he was talking about Trey Songz but then again him and Trey are cool…….hopefully. But I could definitely see it being Chris Brown.

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  6. honest shade

    So will he be making a guest appearance on Degrassi for that one credit?

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  7. Jesswala

    He knows G.O.O.Ds Cruel summer is coming up, so hidding his ass in school is the best option to escape the heat.

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    wqrq Reply:

    @Jesswala, youre fucking shook byyoung money smh

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    Miles Reply:

    @Jesswala, He is friends with Kanye

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    AAA Reply:

    @Jesswala, Smh shutup, you think to much on the subject

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    ghjk. Reply:

    @Jesswala, or he just wants to have his high school diploma…which is something you lack, I’m guessing, considering you can’t spell the word “hiding”.

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  8. c

    He could be talking about trey songs too. Trey take off his shirt and sings about sex. Chris career isn’t going down he still performaning at awards shows and winning. Drake has no right to through shade at anybody since he throws bottles get a lot of people injury and want admit the truth. At least Chris turn himself in can u say the same about drake. Last time I check females got injury to and a lot of people is suing drake and the club. I love drake but he is starting to get arrogant. We really believe he was the first singer and rapper that was successful. I mean how come people r letting drake get a pass on the club thing and want to confound to call Chris name. Is it because the females and male that injury wasn’t famous enough for people to care. I mean Chris got injury but I mean he deserve and his body guard got injury and had to go to the hospital but who cares if he got kids and a wife.

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  9. Chase

    That had to do with Trey Songz. He’s the R&B artist that rips his shirt off because sex is all he cares about. Chris Brown has never just focused on R&B so if that was shade, he might want to check himself. Fortune’s first week sales may have been a blur but he’s the only R&B artist with the highest first week sales (so far), received that no.1, and has his first no.1 WW. Can’t beat that. Quality over quantity. Although, the sales have been progressing. Idek Drake never finished HS. Welp.

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    Miles Reply:

    @Chase, Why should Drake check him self. His first album sold 450,000 the first week in one country, and his 2nd album sold over 600,000 first week.

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    Chase Reply:

    @Miles, I wasn’t comparing. Quality over quantity, period.

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    Miles Reply:

    @Chase, Quality. Take Care is WAAAAAAAY btter than Fortune regarardless

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    Chase Reply:

    @Miles, Take Care is fucking RAP. You can’t compare the two. You want go there? Fortune’s R&B music SHITS on Take Care. It’s done.

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    Miles Reply:

    @Chase, Take Care was more R&B than rap. Shot For Me, Take Care, MArvins Room, Good Ones GO, Doing It Wrong, Practice, The Real Her, Crew Love. And still, you were the one who “went there”. You compared the two albums before i even said anything. Your the one who said Quality greater than Quantity

    Chase Reply:

    @Miles, Still not better than Fortune. He’s a damn rapper. I wouldn’t compare. I didn’t compare NEITHER of them. That’s what YOU thought. That’s YOUR problem. Take Care has nothing on Thank Me Later. Point blank. He’s the reason for YOLO. The fuck? Hell no. Drake is one of the best in my eyes but that album could’ve been better. It’s so boring besides Motto, HYFR, and Practice.

    Cranberry Reply:

    @Chase, you saying quality over quantity IS comparing, you illiterate dipstick.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @Chase, “Quality over quantity.” In terms of what? Fortune vs. Take Care? You wouldn’t even set yourself up like that.

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    Chase Reply:

    @Cranberry, For someone who hates Chris Brown sure doesn’t show it. QUALITY over QUANTITY. I wasn’t comparing AT ALL. I was just putting MY opinion on FORTUNE’S ALBUM SALES. Do you understand that, now? Good. Don’t set yourself up as a hater. Shit doesn’t look cute when you’re the first to lead, 24/7.

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    oftidgaf Reply:

    @Chase, lmaoooooo. boom.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @oftidgaf, no comments from the peanut section, boo. We don’t use you.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @Chase, you weren’t comparing but you pulled out Fortune’s BLEAK sales as if you were trying to prove a point, so what exactly is your purpose here? Do YOU understand that?

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    Chase Reply:

    @Cranberry, That’s YOUR problem you read MY post and MY opinion wrong. Drake was EVERYWHERE promoting his album. Chris did NOTHING and still managed to pull in over 100k. POIN BLANK! I wouldn’t compare RAP to R&B/POP. The music industry isn’t just about SALES. That’s why music is fucked up now. You only have a few. Fuck your invalids.

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  10. fuck you

    You know what? Why is that everyone wants to come for artist who has an issue before their album release but don’t want to come for Frank Ocean? I mean, you reveal you’re gay and decide to release your album early RIGHT after. I’ve never seen anything so shady. He sure in the hell didn’t get my money.

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  11. Miles

    I don’t think Its was shade towards anybody. that statement was 100% true

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  12. Face

    I actually think it has to do with NONE OF THOSENPPL MENTIONED. But I think this is the one thing I can agree with him on. The “traditional” sounds and almost expected topics and behaviors don’t move the ppl anymore. Tere has to be something else, it’s a little more abstract, coming from a different place, some more elements involved. Even if it’s still the same tired topics, just delivered differently. Alternative. That’s why ppl like Miguel, Frank Ocean and even The Weeknd’s drugged up ass are hailed as next up and are liked so much. They bring something a little different.

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  13. Day

    No matter how people try and spin it the weekend and frank are not r&b,they are more of spoken word,neo-soul type artist.And drake non singing monotone having self needs to sit.How are u speaking of whats hot and whats not when u are getting a tattoo of a fallen beauty who if she meant him today would call him a stalker.

    He was tryna shade chris but he shaded Trey songs, usher and neyo in the process LOL.Chris is r&b and pop and has been for a while.In treys words hes “the most consist ant “r&b” artist”

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    Miles Reply:

    @Day, 1.) Frank Ocean and The Weeknd are r&b, they are just more alternative. 2.) I’m pretty sure Drake wouldn’t have a tattoo of Aaliyah if she were alive. And I’m pretty sure she would be cool with hm.

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    oftidgaf Reply:

    @Miles, no he’s not r&b.

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    Miles Reply:

    @oftidgaf, what is he then. COuntry?

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    Chase Reply:

    @Miles, Frank Ocean is not R&B. He’s POP. Do you not see where he’s listed on iTunes? Smh.

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    Miles Reply:

    @Chase, Soooo Thinking about you, Sweet Life, Forrest Gump, are Pop songs????

    Morgan Reply:

    @Chase, You’re a damn fool if you think Fran Ocean is pop.

    Morgan Reply:

    @Chase, You’re a damn fool if you think Fran Ocean is pop.

  14. AAA

    Whats wrong with you people, he’s not taking shots at anybody, he’s telling the truth

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  15. Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG

    The last phrase was for Breezy with no doubt.

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  16. Jesswala

    @AAA, then tell me why he wants that diploma. At least me i thought something about the subject, even if it was too much, SOMEBODY did not.

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    AAA Reply:

    @Jesswala, To finish school what else for, beyonce did the samething

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  17. Kana

    A high school diploma at age 25? How about a GED. I knew there was always a little “special ed” vibe to Drake.

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    Miles Reply:

    @Kana, Drake dropped out of High School to play in Degrassi and make some doe. And normal feel more accomplished with a diploma instead of the “good-enough-degree”

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    Yup Reply:

    @Miles, BAHAHAHA “good enough degree” I like you

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    Kana Reply:

    @Miles,

    ??? I’m sorry but being a high school dropout is not cute or productive – even to be on a t.v. show. How much can you do with a diploma vs. a “good-enough-degree” ? I’ll tell you. You can’t do jacksh*t with a diploma but wipe your ass with it. Unless you’re boppin around a stage shouting curse words like Drake, I’d advise you to get that “good-enough-degree.”

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    Miles Reply:

    @Kana, I already have my diploma. and I’m just saying, If your have a reason and plan for dropping out of High School than there is nothing wrong. Bill Cosby dropped out, he is now a millionaire, Drake dropped out and he’s a millionaire. Chris Brown dropped out, he’
    s a millionaire. And you get a better since of accomplishment when you have a diploma as opposed to a GED> You act like Drake is some sort of idiot for dropping out, when in reality he dropped out for a sensible reason.

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    Kana Reply:

    @Miles,

    Excuse me, but you both (Cranberry & Miles) are misunderstanding what I said. Clearly, I made reference to his age (25) in my earlier comment to make the point that people past the age of 20 (who didn’t graduate from high school) go to pursue a GED – not a diploma. If you were a dropout, you don’t get a second chance to go back to get a diploma, you go for a GED – that’s just the tragedy of dropping out. I have never seen or heard of a person receiving a high school diploma at age 25.

    Also I just said earlier that you really can’t do jacksh*t with just a high school diploma (especially something lucrative in 2012). In addition you will definitely need a degree of higher education or a professional degree. The moral of the story is: don’t dropout of high school.

    Please don’t jump to conclusions and hasten through my words to give me a $5.75 lecture. Thank you kindly.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @Kana, what are you talking about? No matter WHAT age you are, a high school diploma will ALWAYS trump a GED. I don’t know what lies you’ve been told, but facts are facts. If you, with a GED, are up for a job against someone with a diploma, you won’t be getting a phone call. Trust and believe that. You’ll be behind the counter at Chick-fil-a while THEY’LL be behind a oak wood desk making moves.

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    Kana Reply:

    @Cranberry,

    Excuse me, but you both (Cranberry & Miles) are misunderstanding what I said. Clearly, I made reference to his age (25) in my earlier comment to make the point that people past the age of 20 (who didn’t graduate from high school) go to pursue a GED – not a diploma. If you were a dropout, you don’t get a second chance to go back to get a diploma, you go for a GED – that’s just the tragedy of dropping out. I have never seen or heard of a person receiving a high school diploma at age 25.

    Also I just said earlier that you really can’t do jacksh*t with just a high school diploma (especially something lucrative in 2012). In addition you will definitely need a degree of higher education or a professional degree. The moral of the story is: don’t dropout of high school.

    Please don’t jump to conclusions and hasten through my words to give me a $5.75 lecture. Thank you kindly.

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  18. AllAmerykhanBoy

    He Took My Respect For Him To New Heights. Why Is Everyone Talking Bout Who He Threw Shots At. The Message Here Is All The Money and Females In The World Ain’t Nothing Without That EDUCATION. I Actually Thought His Comment Was About Tyrese, Tank and Genuine’s Comments At The BET Awards To Release A Real R&B Album cause Too Many R&B Artist Are Doing Techno and Stuff Now

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  19. Arie

    I personally think that Drake is trying a little too hard, why would a Rapper talk about what is and is not happening in RnB. Should he not be discussing the lack of substance in today’s Rappers lyrics including him. Why can’t this guy enjoy his success and stop meddling in stuff that doesn’t concern him.

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    ghjk. Reply:

    @Arie, he enjoys music, period, and was just giving his opinion, period.

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  20. Millie

    Drake wants to get his high school diploma because he promised his mother who was a teacher that he would one day. His decision probably stained their relationship at the time. I have a degree and no savings in the bank and ton of student debts so who’s winning me or drake?

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  21. damn

    he mad cuz he can’t take his shirt off without someone laughin at his fat

    what a bitch

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    Sarah Reply:

    @damn, have you SEEN his body lately? sir, swerve with that. there is no fat at all.

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  22. Daylight

    Delusional people these days.

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  23. TheDreamer

    It’s great that he wants to get his high school diploma to feel like he accomplished something. As for the comment about r&b singers, I understand where he’s coming from but the music industry is bad nowadays. Good music just doesn’t sell anymore, whether it’s good pop, r&b or rock music.

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  24. Roc it to the D to the GLMO

    Great for Drake & I bet his fans didn’t know that he dropped out of High school, now he gonna get his diploma. I Already knew this a longtime ago that he dropped out of H.s.

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    maya Reply:

    @Roc it to the D to the GLMO, would you like a snack? -_-

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    LeyIAH dayz orEnugyh Reply:

    @maya, bitch would u like a D*ck snack? )____)

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  25. maya

    He had ONE credit left & didn’t graduate? If that’s not laziness then idk what is but at least he’s determine to get it now b/c late is better than never.

    As for the R&B comment, if that’s shade towards Chris, then that’s shade towards Trey Songz as well. Trey is his homie so I think Drake’s comment was just a general statement.

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    LeyIAH dayz orEnugyh Reply:

    @maya, O_______O yo yr mama

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  26. Jay

    Nice! Good for him! :)

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