Drake's love affair with Houston started on November 18, 2008, when he flew to the Texas city and had his first meeting with Lil Wayne. He subsequently opened for Weezy on his Tha Carter III
tour and signed to his Young Money label. He recounts the story on his 2009 So Far Gone
track "November 18th
Drake gives further props to Houston by sampling DJ Screw's voice for backing vocals. DJ Screw created Houston's chopped and screwed DJ technique, which gave the city its defining, syrupy sound.
Drake also raps about his affection for Houston's women and their club scene on the Certified Lover Boy
track "N 2 Deep