An Oral History of Johnny Manziel and OVO

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Talking about Johnny Manziel in casual conversation will bring many things to mind. His stellar season at Texas A&M last year that resulted in him winning the Heisman and ESPN’s constant desire to make everything surrounding him a storyline will likely be one of those things. While those are important, they’re not the most important. No, the most important thing about Johnny Manziel are his off-the-field antics.

When the affectionately titled Johnny Football isn’t training for or playing football games, he’s out partying. This isn’t your typical type of college party either; no, Johnny Football doesn’t just party with anyone. Johnny Football parties with the best of the best—a wrap sheet including LeBron James, James Harden, Rick Ross, and, most importantly, Drake.

Let’s start at the beginning. (STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM…)

December 20, 2011 is the first day that we are alerted to Johnny’s fan hood of Drake.

How did Johnny spend Christmas? Reaffirming his love for OVOXO.

Johnny started from the bottom.

Ignoring that he listed Tyga (and Big Sean and Wale and, etc.) as one of his favorite rappers, Johnny listed Drake first. I’m not a doctor, but surely there is some sort of psychological occurrence that—even when we aren’t trying to rank things—makes our brain subconsciously rank things. Johnny subconsciously ranked Drake first; Johnny loves Drake.

21 days later, Johnny tweeted one of Drake’s lines from his feature on French Montana’s “Pop That“. This tweet also got zero retweets and zero favorites—been there, bro. Guess who else tweeted that lyric?

This friendship is young, but incredible.

The same day Johnny tweeted one of Drake’s lines from Rick Ross’ “Diced Pineapples“. Johnny has yet to tweet a line from a solo Drake song, but he’s committed to tweeting Drake’s lyrics. That’s true fan hood.

At this point you’re probably like, “certainly, Johnny wouldn’t tweet THREE Drake lyrics in one day, would he?” He will and he did. This time Johnny tweeted a line from “Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude“. If you haven’t stayed up all night lurking your ex’s Facebook page and crying to this song, you’re not real—according to a friend. Unfortunately, Johnny didn’t tweet a 4th Drake lyric on July 31st. If we’re following the arc that the songs were following—flexing to sadness—I assume it would’ve been a lyric from “Marvin’s Room”. I suggest, “I need you right now, are you down to listen to me? Too many drinks have been given to me.”

Hey look at that! Another Drake lyric! On August 4th Johnny tweeted a lyric from Drake’s “Club Paradise“—a song about Drake’s favorite strip club in Toronto. I know.

If you’re wondering if Johnny’s Twitter account is strictly Drake lyrics, you’re not wrong.

Ok, Johnny, we get it.

OVO Fest is a music fest located in Toronto that’s put on by Drake annually. The day before, Johnny retweeted this The Weeknd tweet about OVO Fest making it seem like he was in attendance. False advertising, Johnny.

WE GET IT, JOHNNY.

Johnny isn’t just a fan of Drake; Johnny’s also a fan of the entire OVOXO movement. Johnny’s loving the crew.

Johnny’s also a fan of artists who associate themselves with Drake as evidenced by this tweet quoting Nicki Minaj. Seriously, 50% of Johnny’s tweets are lyrics. He has so many followers, too. Maybe only tweeting Drake lyrics is the key to this Twitter thing.

*75% of his Twitter account.

We know, Johnny. We know.

I want to frame these tweets. I want these tweets on a shirt. I want these tweets on a billboard. I want these tweets in the Nothing Was The Same liner notes. I want these tweets as a tattoo.

@JManziel2OVOXO

Lol.

No, we won’t, Johnny.

There’s a good chance Johnny was signed by OVO and weOENO it.

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Super Bowl with my dad doesn’t get much better #dreamcrew#OVOpic.twitter.com/2HON2x6T — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 4, 2013

Johnny’s dad is OVO, too.

*all of them.

Johnny loves Drake more than Brandon Jennings; it’s official.

ALL HE DOES IS TWEET DRAKE LYRICS.

Johnny Manziel has transformed into a promoter. He’s no longer just a fan; he’s a part of the brand.

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NOW WE HERE

FINALLY. The dream has come true. All of the lyric and promotional tweets have paid off. This friendship is very real and that makes me happy.

NOT REALLY, JOHNNY, BECAUSE YOU’RE NOW REAL LIFE FRIENDS WITH DRAKE. Or maybe that was in reference to him meeting Drake and now he can have no more friends because of Drake’s strict friendship rules. Do you think Johnny can be Drake’s new friend? Where did they meet? I assume Club Paradise.

Now that Johnny and Drake are friends, Johnny is caping for Drake. It makes sense; I stick up for my friends, too.

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Yes, that is ESPN’s Jenn Brown. More importantly, look at the guy behind them in the OVO owl shirt. That’s the physical embodiment of a Drake song. Look at how dejected he looks.

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Yes.

HOW DO I GET THIS SHIRT? IS THAT A DRI-FIT ~{OVO}~ SHIRT? ARE YOU SERIOUS? Incredible.

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This is Johnny’s last OVO-related tweet before SEC Media Day—a very important day.

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YES, THAT’S A GOLD OVO iPHONE. HOW DO I GET A GOLD OVO iPHONE? Manziel is incredible.

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OWL SHIRTS INSIDE THE ELEVATOR, YOU GOTTA LOVE IT.

Johnny Manziel at SEC Media Day

Yes, that is an OVO pin; no, I don’t know where he got it. That’s exclusive from Aubrey himself. Aubrey traveled to Peru to collect the gold and painstakingly spent hours smelting that for Johnny. Seriously, when you google “OVO pin” nothing comes up. Let Etsy Down.

After SEC Media Day, Drake himself tweeted Johnny congratulating him on his composure. This friendship is incredible.

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Yes, that is Johnny Manziel’s Instagram account; yes, that is Drake’s album cover as his profile picture.

Which brings us to today. (…NOW WE HERE)

YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELF, MR. MANZIEL. Yes, that’s an ~{OVO}~ tattoo on Johnny’s throwing hand. This might be too much; this also might be the single most incredible marketing campaign for an album I’ve ever seen. First the self-impossed Twitter memes and now this. You’re incredible, Drake.

NOTHING WAS THE SAME.

UPDATE:
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After Johnny threw his first touchdown after his one half suspension, he threw up this hand sign. Naturally, we assumed this was a reference to how much money he has and a subtle jab to the NCAA. Wrong. This is actually a hand sign that members of the OVO collective TOPSZN REGIME use, seen below.
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You can’t make this stuff up.

Alex Hancock regrets writing this. Follow him on Twitter – @hancxck

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