Drake’s PAPER Cover Story

Drake’s PAPER Cover Story

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It may sound cliché, but Drake remembers October 31, 2009, like it was yesterday.

That was the night Drake knew his transformation from Aubrey Drake Graham — star of teen soap opera Degrassi: The Next Generation — to famous rapper had begun. That was the night Jay-Z performed in his hometown.

“Jay-Z coming to Toronto meant every single person was going to be there, which meant the majority of the people in my life were there,” the 23-year-old rapper recalls. “And there was a big rumor around the city: Is Drake close enough to Jay where he would bring me out? And people were like, ‘No, it would never happen.’”

Well, it did happen. Not only did Jay-Z bring Drake out to perform on stage with him, he let a still-fringe artist perform one of his own songs, “Successful,” in its entirety. “I’ll never forget that. I must have looked in the eyes of 40 people I know in the first 20 rows,” Drake says, sounding still somewhat shocked. “There were ex-girlfriends, guys who hated me, people who loved me, my mother — and it was just like, ‘This is it.’” Like most other testaments to Drake’s success, there’s a video on the Internet to prove the moment actually happened.

Look for this article in PAPER’s Summer 2010 music issue on newsstands June 21 or read the rest here.

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  • JaleseZD

    heyyyy u r sooo freakin awwwsum boy u better rap.

  • Robin.k

    hey drake, u noe i wuz thinkin dat u should put VISION STEPPERS in 1 of ur videos. check us out on youtube. we would really boost u up. 4 real. get back 2 me. luv ya