Canadian rap star Drake will make a cameo appearance on the next season of Basketball Wives. The 27-year-old, who was born Aubrey Drake Graham, will also work as a consultant for the show.
The show’s producers were having a difficult time getting actual basketball players to appear on the show, so they decided to reach out to Drake, who was more than willing to lend a hand. Drake is often photographed hanging with many of the game’s best players including: Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Demarcus Cousins, and more.
A spokesman for the show spoke openly with the press about the move, saying, “We are very excited to have Drake on-board with the show. His affiliation with so many NBA players will lend credence and respect to our show. With his guidance, we will continue to ascend to the top of reality television. We want to bring our fans the realest experience possible, and that became difficult with the lack of professional basketball players involved with the show. When we were considering a person who could help us solve this problem, Drake was the first person who came to mind. Think about it, who is photographed hugging more ball players than Drake?”
“Every time we saw Drake he was locked in a warm embrace with a ball player,” he continued. “We saw that, and a light bulb went off — that is exactly what we need on our show.”
Drake is also an executive with the Toronto Raptors. On Sept. 30, 2013, the Toronto Raptors named the rapper its new global ambassador. In a promotional video, Drake spoke about the organization saying, “you talk about college sports and in college sports it’s a religion, it’s much like soccer overseas, it becomes something to live by and something to die by. They’re so passionate about it, and I want to bring that energy here.”