Drake flaunts $8.25 De­grassi roy­alty cheque

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Drake sings about “Fake Love,” but he’s show­ing fans some real cash on In­sta­gram. The Toronto-raised per­former up­loaded a photo show­ing an $8.25 roy­alty cheque he re­cently col­lected from his ap­pear­ance on teen se­ries “De­grassi: The Next Gen­er­a­tion” more than a decade ago. “De­grassi money still com­ing in don’t sleeeeeeeep,” he wrote early Tues­day, fol­lowed by emo­jis of money bags and a stack of cash with wings. It was a tongue-incheek mes­sage from one of the mu­sic in­dus­try’s most suc­cess­ful artists — es­pe­cially since the pay falls well short of On­tario’s cur­rent hourly min­i­mum wage. Drake played Jimmy Books on “De­grassi” for more than six years and re­turned for sev­eral guest ap­pear­ances in the fol­low­ing sea­sons. It’s un­clear if the cheque sent in March was a pay­ment for all episodes of the show or one in par­tic­u­lar. Lead ac­tors are typ­i­cally paid roy­al­ties for years af­ter their TV shows wrap pro­duc­tion, though the amounts can vary wildly de­pend­ing on their con­tracts and how many times the re­peats are broad­cast. Drake’s photo amassed more than 1.5 mil­lion likes.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Drake’s “De­grassi” roy­alty cheque.

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