MySpace is a blast from the past, one that many popular musical artists today would rather forget about. Without this social media platform Drake may not be the same popular Toronto rapper that he is though. Many mistakenly believe that Drizzy’s rise to fame happened because of the 8 years that the rapper spent playing Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi High: The Next Generation but the truth is that MySpace helped Drake get discovered and gave his musical career a big boost.
During an interview with W Magazine Drake discussed that period in his life, explaining “That was part of the reason I was kicked off the show. Back then, I’d spend a full day on set and then go to the studio to make music until 4 or 5 a.m. I’d sleep in my dressing room and then be in front of the cameras again by 9 a.m. Eventually, they realized I was juggling two professions and told me I had to choose.” MySpace was new territory for artists, and Drake talked about the platform and how he used it. “Initially, I think I just didn’t know what would happen. I was this rapper with a little bit of buzz, the internet was taking over, and I didn’t know the power of the internet at that point. The true power of social networking and the things we are so emmersed in now. There wasn’t an artist that had been 100% birthed from that outlet.”
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