Drake’s ‘Kneegate’: The Complete Story

By Steven Roberts

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Drake has a bad knee. In case you haven’t — because hey, maybe you’re new to this whole internet thing — we here at MTV News have been right there on the front lines covering “Kneegate.”

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June 29, 2009: Drake, Lil Wanye Rock BET Awards
“Drake might have had to perform sitting, but he didn’t disappoint. He launched into his breakout hit, ‘Best I Ever Had,’ sporting a burgundy cardigan, jeans and an all-around casual look. But the rapper was restricted to sitting on a stool for his performance as he recently suffered a knee injury, reportedly a torn ACL.”

July 27, 2009: Drake Won’t Let Injury Keep Him Off Of America’s Most Wanted Stage
“‘I didn’t really get any approval from my doctor, but I made a personal decision 48 hours ago that I’d be letting a lot of people down if I didn’t show up and at least show them I’m there for them,’ Drake told MTV News on Sunday night at the Toyota Pavilion, where the tour opens on Monday (July 27).”

July 28, 2009: Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy Kick Off America’s Most Wanted Tour With A Bang
“Weezy then announced he was going into the Young Money section of the show and started off with his franchise artist. Drake, whose planned 30-minute set had to be drastically cut down because he’s still recovering from a torn ACL, entered the stage via a platform that was lowered from high above and began with ‘Successful.’”

August 2, 2009: Will Drake’s Injury Keep Him Off America’s Most Wanted Tour?
“The Lil Wayne protégé took a nasty spill onstage in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday night and had to be carried off. On Saturday night, the tour — which is headlined by Lil Wayne and features Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell’em, Jeremih, Pleasure P and the Young Money family — rolled into the Nikon Theater.”

August 3, 2009: Drake Blogs While Recovering From Knee Injury
“Well, the good news is that Drake now has time to devote to that much-anticipated debut LP. On Sunday, Lil Wayne’s Young Money records franchise player posted a blog on his Web site telling fans that he’s near his hometown of Toronto, and that Opus One wine is his elixir as he recuperates from surgery on torn ligaments in his knee.”

August 3, 2009: ‘Drake’s Knee’ Tweets Hilarious Verse About Injury
“Sometimes the Internet can be a wonderful thing: Just hours after Drake re-injured his knee while performing with Lil Wayne at the America’s Most Wanted tour stop in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday night, a Twitter account surfaced called ‘Drake’s Knee.’ It did exactly what it claimed to do: file tweets from the perspective of the rapper and his wounded knee, mostly in verse.”

August 5, 2009: Drake Rejoins America’s Most Wanted Tour In Toronto
“Though he may not have risked his life, the recently injured Drizzy definitely risked his limbs by getting onstage while still suffering from torn ligaments in his knee. But when the tour hit his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, the 22-year-old just could not miss it.”