If you teared up watching Drake give away nearly $1 million in his “God’s Plan” music video, you won’t want to miss his behind-the-scenes photos and heartfelt messages about the incredibly emotional experience.
From the moment the Canadian rapper stepped out onto the streets of Miami, it was clear that something awesome was about to happen. And it’s all documented in his new video, which sees him handing out money, cars, presents, and more to deserving fans. “God’s Plan” has already been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube, and now Drake is sharing even more glimpses at at what happened during filming.
The 31-year-old started with a few shots of him arriving for the video shoot and “dropping off OVO J’s to some good youts” before posting a pic from inside Sabor Tropical Super Market, where he reportedly paid for nearly $30,000 worth of groceries for the lucky individuals who happened to be doing their shopping that day.
He also shared a shot of one particularly happy grocery shopper whose cart was filled to the brim, which he captioned, “Olive Oil and Vino…sounds like the party is at his house tonight.”
Later, the “Hotline Bling” performer posted a photo with the firefighters from the video, writing, “The guys from Fire Station 7! Real brotherhood I got to witness. Thanks again for all your help.”
Another pic showed Drake with University of Miami student Destiny James, a first-generation college student who received a (massive) scholarship check for $50,000. “Thank you to The U for the assistance in all the surprises and for letting your campus turn into a temporary rager,” the rapper wrote.
James added her own photos of the surprise to Instagram, writing, “I applied to scholarships last year for which I had to write an essay. I received those scholarships and thought that was the end of it. Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments. I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I’ve been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate [to the university].”
She continued, “This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I’ve worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition. @champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You don’t understand what this means to me! I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world.”
She also added a video with the note, “I’m in such disbelief! I literally thought I was setting up to film a video encouraging scholarship donors to donate to the school and this happened. @champagnepapi @champagnepapi @champagnepapi thank you!!! Lord, Thank You!!!”
James’ bit in the video was an emotional one, for sure, but it wasn’t the only part that made us cry. According to Drake, one of the most emotional scenes to watch was also one of the most emotional ones to film — when he surprised a mother and her teenage son with a stack of cash. Though we don’t know the names of the duo or what their story is, Drake did share his own feelings on the moment, writing, “This was the toughest scene for me to try and keep it together. Mother and son with some of the strongest spirits I have encountered in my life. I pray you two continue to find the light and the fight within your bond. Blessed to have met you both.”
But Drake wasn’t done there! He also announced that he’ll be keeping up the good vibes, saying, “…we will be continuing our mission by including a state of the art studio when the expansion of the [Overtown Youth Center] commences.” ALL the applause, ALL the feels!
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