Aubrey Drake Graham is one of the biggest recording artists in the world but we know him as Drake.
Over the past five years, Drake has stormed into the music industry with his unique music style and could claim that he is the biggest rap artist over this time period with consistent hit records. Although most people know him for his music, not everyone knows that Drake started his entertainment career in acting.
Heralding from Toronto, Canada and at the age of 15 Drake landed himself a role in the Canadian hit teen drama, ‘Degrassi –The Next Generation’, where he played the character of Jimmy Brookes. He would star in 138 episodes bringing in crucial income to a single parent household.
Although he enjoyed acting his real passion was for music and especially writing music. Rapping came easily to him but it was his father who made a life changing comment to him saying that there were rappers that could rap and rap well, but there weren’t any that could successfully rap and sing. Drake took note of this and whilst his rap idols were Kanye West, Jay Z and Lil Wayne it was female RnB artist Aaliyah that Drake turned to, to seek inspiration for his singing. This was because he was fascinated by her melodies and the style of her lyrics, which helped him in constructing his own singing style.
With both rapping and singing skills in his arsenal Drake self released his first mixtape in 2006 called ‘Room for Improvement’, featuring big industry artists such as Trey Songs and Lupe Fiasco. He would release two further mixtapes in 2007 and 2009 which would cause such a stir in rap industry that big recognised rap artists wanted to work with Drake before he was even signed to a major record label.
By the time his first studio album was ready to be released in 2010, Drake had signed with Universal Motown/Young Money after a fierce bidding war between several record labels. His debut album was called ‘Thank Me Later’ which featured singles Over, Miss Me and Find Your Love.
Drake’s second studio album was released in November 2011 and was given the title ‘Take Care’. This album allowed him to express himself in a very deep and reflective method. This was conveyed heavily within two main tracks on the album; Crew Love, featuring fellow Canadian artist The Weekend and Marvin’s room.
His new album, ‘Nothing Was The Same’ is set for release in September 2013 and it will be interesting to see what Drake has to offer in terms of lyrical content and lyrical delivery. Rumour has it that this album will consist of more tracks where we hear Drake singing and a collab with the New York rap King, Jay Z.
Here is one of the new tracks that has been leaked off the album called, ‘Hold on, We’re Going Home’.
Whatever the new album brings we look forward to hearing it.