Hip-Hop Artist 'Drake' Joins Gears of War 3 Voice Cast

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Richard Walker

A pivotal character in the Gears of War comic books, Jace Stratton will be voiced by Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Drake and not Ice-T as some thought, following his online UStream slip at the beginning of the week.

"When Epic came to me with the role, I couldn’t pass it up," said Drake, whose hip-hop debut album 'Thank Me Later' goes on sale this Monday. "They’ve created an amazing character in Jace, and I’m looking forward to my tour in Delta Squad."

Gears of War 3 adds four-player co-op to cater for the new additions to the squad - including Jace - when it ships in April 2011. Naturally, we'll be bringing you more from E3.

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  • Not really into hip-hop so meh....
  • Drake is awesome
  • Isn't Drake the talentless dude with the goofy lookin' face?
  • at #3, no. Opinion is most assuredly not fact in this case. Drake should do very well.
  • who? and who cares?
  • Haha, I tweeted this to CliffyB when he had the contest. I'ma Winnar.
  • At least it's not Nolan North this time.
  • ekblad, i should of tweeted it. did you win anything? i knew that he was talking about Drake, but also i thought Ice T was a given lol
  • I wish they would put more money into the game play or multiplayer servers then spending it on getting so called "famous" people to do voices.
  • Wait didn't Jace already have a VA from Gears 2? I know there's a part in the hollow where he comes over the com and talks to Marcus.
  • him and ice -t? who next? jeez
  • Young Money and Gears lawd have mercy.
  • @6 Id say a lot of people considering gears is still a fairly popular game!
  • canadian born...sweet
  • I have one of the comic books from my limited edition pre-order when the game was released. Does anyone know where to buy these comic books...are they worth the read?
  • This is perfect, he has plenty of acting experience with "gun violence." Now if only they had made a Degrassi Chainsaw episode.
  • @6 If you never heard of drake then you've been living under a rock. And I bet alot of ppl care.
  • This is at you all who would you have there justin bieber i fort so. yer that have mr drake there then. hmmm they will put bieber as the new carmac brother lol love to see him get killed.
  • who???
  • who?
  • All I can say is wow to the people who don't know who Drake is. I already have his album which is pretty good. He was most likely chosen to do the voicework since he has a unique voice....can't wait for GOW3!
  • he's like a sprained ankle boi aint nuttin to play wit. lol. interesting choice of actors though. didnt expect Drake. cant wait for GOW3
  • UK guy here. Never heard of him.
  • Drake should really leave Young Money he has more talent then those talentless pigs. Anyways epicness on him being in gears 3.
  • Does that mean Drake will be at Epic Studios? Hmmm, right down the street from my house. Tempted to visit, but I am afraid of being chainsawed.
  • BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD BEST I EVER HAD
  • @7, In Rap, there are no winners.
  • who the hell is drake? haha
  • If Franklin is in GOW3 Cole is gonna ditch Baird & make a trio of ghetto boys lol on a side note I aint really a fan of Rap but I still no who Drake is!
  • It might have been asked before, but... who the hell is Drake? I'm 120% ok with them hiring Iceberg, but this is just ridiculous.
  • Drake, fucking twat
  • He's got a baby voice...I was really hoping that it was gonna be Ice-T voicing Jace. Hopefully Ice-T's character is playable in MP...that would be awesome
  • And another "who?" to the pile from me... But I agree with #8, at least it's not Nolan North again. That guy needs to take a vacation or something, he is in EVERYTHING.
  • You stupid fucking nerds live under a rock if you don't know who Drake is. Leave your house, and go somewhere with some music and you'll learn. The basement doesn't teach you much.
  • Listen Da AWESOMELY dumb shit. Not everyone listens to your crap music. AND not everyone is from the US. So, STFU nub.
  • I wounder who Ice-T gonna voice then
  • loving the gears or war updates but people in the uk really dont know who drake is,i for one really dont care
  • If your from the UK & not from London I can understand those people not knowing who Drake is but if your are from London & don't then no then i'll be shocked! seriously as I stated above i'm no fan of rap but when I go out 9 times out of 10 he's either being blared through someones car speakers or some little yobs are publicly playing him on loudspeaker out there phones. I hear this song alot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCcgfCxD--Q
  • i wish it was Ice Cube and who in the world is Drake????
  • Suprised no one has explained who Drake is. Instead of bashing these people that are outside the U.S. tell them who he is. He is a famous American hip hop artist that has had a couple of hit songs recentley. Go Italy and U.S.A. FTW 2010 Fifa S.A.
  • Drake a.k.a. Aubrey Graham is actually a Canadian actor turned hip-hop aretist he was in a series called Degrassi The Next Generation and played the basketball superstar/jock who would eventually ended up in a wheelchair in the series. Only reason I'm posting this is because my friend shit herself when she heard he was going to be the voice of Jace.
  • who?
  • I love how these people keep saying ' Who?' What a joke they are. beside the morons in this room, ill rent this next April to hear Drake, and see what Gears3 has to offer.
  • Drake is better at being in a wheelchair. his new album sucks miserably but we'll see how this works.
  • So what? No one's in it for the new stuff. It's all about the story of the characters we already know and love (except for Anya because it's about time she actually did something). Gears 2 already ruined a lot of the Gears saga for me anyways. 1 was so much better...
  • Drake is a fabricated rap artist. Yes. He is an actor people. :P Voice acting is basically acting. Which he is. Gears of War isn't to my liking, so this is just less of him I have to hear.
  • from Canadian TV show few watched too hip hop 'star' too gears of war 3. I think he has a well rounded resume.
  • Like others, I was surprised to hear Drake doing it, but I have no problem at all. Never watched Degrassi, but I enjoy his music so bring it.
  • @Riphade - lol right, he is played EVERYWHERE as someone below me said. You don't need to listen to Hip-Hop, he's all over every song, all over TV, the internet. He's on everything. Saying you don't know who he is proves how little of a life you have.
  • They should bring out some old rockstars too. Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Angus Young or something like that. That would be sweet:D
  • Never even heard of Drake...
  • @4 No I think #3 was right he is the guy with the goofy face, and I wouldn't say talentless just more overrated and you would kno if you listen to his new album.
  • Yeah, I'm not surprised so many people on here have never heard of him. For the people calling those people no life nerds here's some info, outside of America Drake isn't a big star. I'm from the UK not London, the only song to note released as a single over here and played on the music channels was "Forever" and I wouldn't be surprised if most people just thought it was a Kanye, Wayne and Eminem collaboration with the other guy doing the chorus. I have a friend that totally has a man crush on Drake but he's from London, go figure. Looking forward to Gears 3, especially 4 player co-op.
  • YESSSSSSSS DRAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • What the hell? First Ice-T and now this crap?
  • Well, considering Jace's age and appearance, I don't think Ice-T would have been the right actor for him. That leaves the question as to who he is voicing. I believe that he probably is voicing a character we haven't heard about yet.
  • swweet cant wait to play this...been wanting to read the novels for it as well.. anyone read them?
  • Sorry, but who the fuck? Still, I hope Ice T is in it...
  • Don't see Drake voice acting this character.
  • Degrassi!!!
  • Rapping is like the special Olympics. Even if you win you are still retarded. Who? And Who cares?
  • go back in your wheel chair drake
  • I agree... some of you need to listen to more music if you don't know who Drake is. Also, not all rap is bad and maybe you shouldn't use the word noob if your trying to sound intellegint you fucking moron.
  • booo! will smith or chris tucker ;)
  • FUCK DRAKE
  • Lol @ none of you people knowing who Drake is because you such at life and therefore listen to nothing but emo music.
  • Drake? you mean Aubrey "Drake" Bell who was on degrassi and is Canadian is voicing Jace. WOW what a big letdown.
  • #50 "You don't need to listen to Hip-Hop, he's all over every song, all over TV, the internet. He's on everything." Not seen him on any song, not seen him on any TV show, not seen him on the internet. So, How is he on everything? You mad because some people haven't heard of your favourite artist? Wouldn't some of you Americans be going "who"? if it was a U.K actor, or someone like Tinchy Stryder, Dizze Rascal or some other British rap artist?
  • @68 they dont know who drake is because the dont listen to crap rap ganster faggot shit, cuz cleary rock and everything else is way better then rap. The only thing good about rap is eminem thats it.
  • @Young Snapper. Wow you're dumb. Your comment is FAIL. Cause we don't know who this douche is we "Such at life". Yes we all SUCH at life. You sucK AND fail at writing and life.
  • @70 I totaly agree with you, hes wining that people dont know who drake is and saying if we dont know who he is we have no life. So #50 do you know who Tinchy Stryder or Dizze Rascal are? if you dont then that shows how little of a life you have..
  • Drake is a douche... I hate this guy... he does an awful does representing Canada
  • @50... you're a douche... And so is Drake... Drake is not hip hop....
  • Hopefully in gears 3 they will allow us to mute certain characters voices for example Jace's voice
  • you idiots who don't know him should just not comment and looklike a asshole...i on the other hand am VERY excited about this....Drake is the fuckin man
  • wonder if they will get paige and spinner to do some voices too lol
  • @#77 Yeah, lets not make a comment in the comments section. Cool story, bro
  • #3 - No, that's every hip-hop artist that ever lived >_> Why the hell are so many rappers into Gears? Surely Epic has enough of a budget to get professional voice actors for one of the biggest games in recent history.
  • okay u people dont know who drake is...but this article says HIp Hop artist...so that's all u need to know...if u want to know more google the damn name.
  • Drake can kiss my right testicle...
  • @39 why is London different we all have internet and tv, not living in the dark ages here up north you know. People who say they don't know him just don't like hip hop
  • @ all the ppl who are saying, "If you don't know who Drake is you must be living under a rock!" Really? I'm 29 years old and I don't listen to rap or "hip-hop". I don't drive around my neighborhood "bumping" rap music with my hat turned sideways in order to impress women. My pants don't sag but are comfortably "loose" and I have a nice set of teeth and not a platinum "grill". lmao, not everyone is up-to-date on the new music trend and I certainly don't act like a wigger. Grow up people.
  • HE IS NOT A RAPPER. HE IS NOT A HIP HOP ARTIST. HE'S SOME KID FROM DEGRASSI WHO BLEW A RECORD EXEC AND NOW HAS A 3-ALBUM DEAL. And I'm Canadian too, and I hate the fucker.
  • And I find it hilarious that all the people who "know" who he is are most definitely closet Degrassi fans.
  • @27 You, my friend, are a winner.
  • @84 that is extra racist saying that just because you listen to rap or hip-hop means you have to drive around "bumping" rap music with your hat sideways and your pants sagging i listen to rap and i skateboard and i'm mixed but mostly black, dude don't be racist or ignorant its not cool.
  • Let's leave the voice acting to professionals. I'm so sick of rappers and hip-hop artists invading movies and video games. They have one "talent" and should stick with it. 50 Cent and Puff Daddy are the absolute worst actors I've ever seen, it's just plain sad.
  • @88 He is not being Racist. He's stereotyping. Learn the difference. Any who, I have no clue who this guy is and I'm not going to google him. Let's just hope he has a "cool" voice for this. I don't listen to the radio or watch TV so that's why I never heard of him. All the stuff I listen too wouldn't be played on either one.
  • great, whos gonna be the voice of the girl? Beyonce?(only thing i have against her is 'All the single ladies' that song sucked), Lady GaGa?, Ke$ha?, Madonna?
  • @50: "lol right, he is played EVERYWHERE as someone below me said. You don't need to listen to Hip-Hop, he's all over every song, all over TV, the internet. He's on everything. Saying you don't know who he is proves how little of a life you have." Oh, right. He's in everything, so therefore we must all know who he is. Or maybe people just didn't know his name? There are probably plenty of people who, upon hearing the guy's voice in the game, will go "OH! That guy." A lot of stuff won't offer credits, or a lot of people also just don't care to watch them. But you're right, the only reason that anyone wouldn't know this guy by name is because we all have no lives whatsoever. Brilliant logic you have there.
  • ColeTrain better kick this guys ass..
  • If he sings then I am playing this game with the sound off LOL.
  • Jace already had a voice in Gears 2.
  • They shoulda got Mr. T to do it...
  • lol nice epic
  • omg all these comments, im a fan of rap and havent got a damn clue who drake is... stopped listenin too new artists as they all got too samey once 2002 ish hit... prefer the 90s rap, dont really touch any of this new crap...
  • Please don't turn this into Blood on the Sand 2...
  • it doesnt matter if hes a rapper or what as long as he knows how to voice act.
  • this bitch better turn into the new carmine and die 10 seconds in. He will not be a beast like carmine just a piece of shit
  • Hip Hop SUCKS, who cares? Drake huh? oooooooooooooooohhhhhh, the saving grace of Gears III. Is this supposed to make the game better...NOT!!! Why do they post crap like this?
  • "Nigga I'm about my business. Killing all these Locust you would swear I had a hitlist."
  • Anyway, I thought Jace already had a voice in Gears 2. What was wrong with that guy?
  • when they said drake I thought they meant the guy who did the voice for nathan drake or that kid from drake and josh O.o
  • That's cool, He is a pretty good artist. I'm glad its not some washed up wrestler
  • WOW.....thats awsome drake has been blowing up and its nice to see him try new shit!!!!GG....And to all you who think cliff.B. cares whats you have to say,he desent ; i jumped on this forum to see whats up with drake and all i see is a bunch of "punks" freaking out over it....when you make the best game in the world and have " money to blow" then YOU decide whos voice acting for you till then respect epics choice and wait till do date b4 bashing the kid....and its not an american thing like i keep reading its Canada Baby...Go drake!!!!!! Well said #70 cuz i dont have a clue who thos Uk artists are and if they would have optained this role i bet no one would be trippin the fuck out like they are..... p.s Young money all the way...were waiting for you to get out Wezzy.F.Baby
  • Are you guys illiterate? #50 was agreeing with me. He said what he said as sarcasm. Even I got that.
  • I will stick with the Cole Train thank you very much. Damn hip-hop!
  • @88 Obviously you're too young to know the difference between racist and stereotyping. I'm being stereotypical b/c thats MOSTLY what you see/hear when you think of rap music. I'm only racist when RACIST shit is thrown in my face. In other words, I wasn't taught to be racist, but I damn sure can be when I need to.
  • @88, You do need to learn the difference. @110, You are a complete dickhead, stop talking like your better than everyone here because you're not. You didn't need to say ' I damn sure can be when I need to.' That is just being a fucking arsehole! @everyone else, Rap music is a genre of music, Just because ye don't like it doesn't mean you should attack it every chance you get! Rap is good. I also listen to all sorts of rock and other genres.
  • @111 I can be racist to when i need to, but most times i just do it for fun :) also rap music isnt music, its the easiest shit to make up all you have to do is add bitch, slut, suck my dick, whore, and the word fuck after every other word and there you go you can become rich. Heres an example: I fucking saw this bitch she looked like a whore, she sucked my dick, she was such a slut.....brb im gonna go make millions
  • Well now...
  • Wow the people blowing up on the people that don't know who Drake is just need to take a chill pill...seriously some people don't follow that music scene or some people just don't care. I personally didn't know who it was until comment #27 and I was like "oh ya I've heard that song on the radio" and now I know who it is, some people are like me who probably have heard him just don't know its him because the song wasn't identified.
  • @Whoever doesn't know who Drake is.. again he is a hip-hop artist who is pretty popular right now in America. In my opinion he is an above average artist with a nice voice, my only problem with him doing the voiceover is when I think about him I think singer not soldier. I don't question his ability though. @Those arguing about music.. I like hip-hop, but I also like and appreciate other genres of music too. I listen to rock and every now and then some classical and jazz. To those hating on hip-hop, you obviously don't understand the deeper meaning behind the lyrics. And thats what I like about hip-hop, unlike other music hip-hop lets the artist tell stories that other genres can't. That's why I favor hip-hop, I mean I like rock, and there are a few songs I love, but I enjoy the lyrical focus of hip-hop. And to stereotype it's listeners as ignorant idiots may be true of a few but not all, the same can be said for any other genre. And to talk about the genre itself.. though some songs aren't as meaningful as others they each meet a specific purpose. However I am not defending idiots like Souljah boy.. whatever he is it isn't hip-hop. Whether it's a club song meant to get the place rockin', a slow song meant to describe feelings such as pain, struggle and loss, or something in between to help the listener feel like they're on top of the world. Hip-hop in my opinion is as legitimate a music genre as any other.
  • huh cool
  • is this the guy from the sprite ad?
  • Who? inb4 fags.
  • um, calls it? (refer to last post on this)
  • @111 I am. For starters, calling me a dickhead is funny. You don't need to flash your e-penis on here...it will get you nowhere. Go be a tough-guy somewhere else, child.
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