Inland Empire Gets a Big Dose of Chart-topping R&B Artist
Thursday, February 10, 2011, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes rising rapper, R&B singer and chart topper Drake to the stage. Tickets on sale now, and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $70, $80 and $90.
Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Canadian born Drake stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006. His first major exposure as a singer was “Replacement Girl,” which featured up-and-comer Trey Songz that was featured on BET’s 106 & Park program as its “Joint of the Day.”
Supported by the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, a songwriter since age 10, he began recording his first official album with Universal Motown Records in 2009. The debut album, “So Far Gone” peaked at number six on the U.S Billboard 200 chart, won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year and was certified gold by the RIAA with over 500,000 copies sold in the United States. The album released the successful hit “Best I Ever Had,” which reached number two on the Billboard Top 100.
“Thank Me Later”, his next album released in 2010, provided the hit single “Over,” which hit #14 on the Top 100. The second single “Find Your Love” became his most successful single from the album, and peaked at number five on the Hot 100. The latest single, “Miss Me” featuring Lil Wayne, reached number 15.
“Thank Me Later” sold 447,000 copies in its first week and reached number one on the Billboard 200. Not only is Drake a successful singer and television actor, he has taken on roles in video games and hosting, including the first annual Ovo Festival, which featured a rap star list of Jay-Z, Eminem, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and many more.
The successful artist, who is also a philanthropist, was featured on K’Naan’s “Wavin Flag” song to help with Haiti relief efforts.
Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.
NOTE: Doors open at 6:30. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.