If you’re anything like me, then you got your first glance of Aubrey (Drake) Graham on Degrassi as Jimmy Brooks. You were shocked to see him get shot and end up in a wheelchair, but you were even more shocked to see his character, along with so many other core characters, slowly be taken off of the show. However, it wasn’t long before Drake’s Comeback Season began playing in your ears (and, if you’re a true Drake fan, you know about Room for Improvement, too). Soon enough, Drake was everywhere and So Far Gone was being nominated for a Grammy. Flash forward a few years and Drake has released three more albums (working on another one now), has become one of the most popular rappers in the industry, and has clearly moved on from his Degrassi days.
Needless to say, I’ve been a big fan of Drake’s since early on in his career and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him perform live twice. Both were great shows which is why I’d see him again, but my admiration for Drake isn’t solely because I watched him as Jimmy Brooks or because he makes “music for women.” I appreciate Drake because, most times, I feel like his music is a reflection of my life and it is so relevant to what is happening in my life. Whether he’s talking about the struggle and hunger to be successful in “Say What’s Real” or “Lust for Life” or if he’s venting about dealing with changes in his personal life in “The Motion,” “The Calm,” or “Hate Sleeping Alone,” each lyric is in some way relevant to me. Even songs like “Look What You’ve Done” make me think about my own family, while his triumphant songs like “Trophies” and “We’ll Be Fine” remind me of all that I’ve accomplished. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Sometimes Drake gets a lot of heat for being light skinned and Canadian, but, in many ways, he is a strong and necessary voice of this generation. At least the part of this generation that finds itself constantly caught within a dichotomy. There aren’t too many artists, not just rappers, who don’t represent the reality of the situation enough, but Drake does that. If he gets heat for it, then so be it because at the end of the day he’s still worth about $50 million, so he must be doing something right.
Anyways, Happy Birthday Drake!
This song never gets old to me. It’s just another piece of evidence as to how Drake can narrate my life. Enjoy!
Drake is definitely my favorite rapper and he is certainly in my top five favorite music artists of all time. I can listen to his music on repeat at any given moment with no complaints, but I can assure you it is only because he has earned that spot with his talent. I think Drake is arguably one of the best lyricists making music right now and, if you don’t think that, then I will have to blame the Young Money mainstream stigma for deafening your ears. Drake is mainstream and he does have his fair share of pop rap songs, but there is no denying his ability to write genuinely good lyrics. There’s a reason why he’s so sought out for ghost writing. On top of that, he is the musician that I can relate to the most. Not only is he vulnerable and a human with emotions, but he’s also an eager young adult, hungry to prove why he deserves to be successful. “Lust for Life,” “Say What’s Real,” “Fear,” “The Motion,” “The Calm,” and “Worst Behavior” are only some of the songs that I can quote and relate to my life, my mindset, and my character. I may sound cheesy, but Drake really could write the soundtrack to my life because rearrange tracks from his past projects and you already have it.
People can hate on Drake all they want, but there’s something to be said for the fact that his albums debut at the top of the charts, he’s recognized as one of the top rappers of the moment, and has already won a Grammy before his 27th birthday today. Honestly, he is one of my inspirations in life and I have no shame in saying it. He is one of the few artists who have been able to maintain my interest for so long and that’s because of his talent. I really don’t think Drake is anywhere near being done, but I can’t wait to see what he does next. For now, happy birthday Drake!
Tomorrow is Drake’s birthday and, in honor of his special day, I thought it would be appropriate to give you all the opportunity to get to know Drake a little bit more. As my hands down favorite rapper and as one of my favorite music artists of all time, I’ve been able to understand Drake’s mindset and character as a whole through his music including everything from Comeback Season all the way up to his latest album Nothing Was the Same. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to Drake’s music, I highly recommend it, especially NWTS. I can seriously listen to that entire album without skipping any songs on repeat without getting tired of it at all. It tells a story that reveals a lot about Drake and can help you understand a lot about yourself, while also creating an ambiance that relaxes and excites you at the same time. I personally feel like I can relate to him, which is why I vibe so well to his music, but I also believe that his music is fairly universal and that it can resonate with so many more people than just me.
Drake recently did an interview on Q in Canada where he opens up about his NWTS project, his feedback from listeners, and his background among other things. The entire interview is about an hour long, which is a pretty serious time commitment for a video, but I watched it and I thought it was really interesting. I definitely learned a lot about Drake that I didn’t already know; however, you can also find a five minute clip of the interview here, in case you don’t have that kind of time for the whole interview. Enjoy!
It’s safe to say that OVOXO fans everywhere are rejoicing this week and with good reason. Kissland is straight fire, The Weeknd and Drake are officially cool again, and the video for “Live For” is out for everyone to see. When I first heard “Live For” a few weeks ago, not only was I ecstatic to see Drake on it as a feature, but I was immediately loving the hook, which I think is pretty relatable. As a person who is pursuing their dreams and is surrounded by people pursuing their own goals, I can definitely bop to what I live for with the people that I’d die for. All in all, I’ve been a fan of The Weeknd’s for a few years now and it’s very nice to see him still putting out good music. If you take anything away from this, always do what you love with the people you will never forget.
I honestly feel like Drake could narrate my whole life and this song is one of many that justifies my feelings; however, “Say What’s Real” was one of the first tracks that made me a believer. Enjoy!
I recently heard this song for the first time and I simply felt the need to share it with you all. It’s a simple song with a simple message. I’ll let Snoop Lion and Drake speak for themselves, but I will say that I appreciate what they have to say and their contribution to trying to create peace within our crazy world. Here is Snoop Lion’s “No Guns Allowed” featuring Drake and Cori B.