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Drake Is “Almost Famous”!

“At just twenty-three, Canadian rapper Drake is already leagues ahead of those who’ve come before.”

Lil Wayne 2.0 seems like he was designed in a laboratory, so perfectly is he suited to be pop culture’s next superstar. He was born into music, writes and raps like his mentor, dresses up instead of down, and vaguely resembles a young Obama.

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Drake – real name Aubrey Drake Graham – is a seriously talented Canadian rapper with all the right names backing him.

Having come up under the tutelage of Lil Wayne and the Cash Money crew, he’s now trading verses with superstars including Jay-Z, Kanye and Mary J. Blige. With a major label deal and a classic debut album under his belt, he should really break through in 2010.

Drake’s debut studio album ‘Thank Me Later’ will be released in the UK in early 2010 through Island Records.

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Interview Magazine Writes Article On Aubrey Drake Graham

Being anointed the biggest Jewish-Canadian rapper in the world might sound like faint praise, but Drake isn’t exactly playing the Yukon bar mitzvah circuit. By early July, the Toronto-based artist found himself with two songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart—his own, “Best I Ever Had,” and YoungMoney’s “Every Girl,” on which he performs. So what did Drake do to celebrate? “I didn’t even know that happened,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t really take much time to relish the accolades.” After landing a role on the Canadian tv series Degrassi: The Next Generation at the age of 14, Aubrey Drake Graham quickly set his sights on a career in hip-hop. Music had always been a part of his f-amily life: His uncle Larry Graham played bass with Sly Stone and Prince, and his father, Dennis Graham, was a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake’s parents divorced when he was five, and he was raised by his mom in the swanky -Forest Hill section of Toronto. After hearing one of Drake’s homemade mix tapes, Lil Wayne invited him down to Houston, and they made their first demo together. Since then, the 23-year-old Drake has collaborated with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Jamie Foxx—all before releasing his first album. That debut, called Thank Me Later (Young Money Entertainment), is among the most hotly anticipated of 2010. “I’m not overwhelmed by what everyone else wants this first album to be—I’m overwhelmed by what I know I need it to be,” says Drake. “I just gotta keep going ’cause it’s so easy to lose your grasp on the game if you’re ever even blessed enough to get ahold of it. So I’m just kind of trying to keep things at the pace they’re moving at now.”

Photo above: Drake in New York, September 2009. Jacket: Nom De Guerre. Shirt: Paul Smith Jeans Red Ear. Tie: Paul Smith. Grooming Products: Kiehl’s Since 1851, including Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturizer. Fragrance: Paul Smith MAN. Styling: Andreas Kokkino. Grooming: Marcos Smith/Art Department. Special Thanks: Fast Ashleys.

Aubrey Drake Graham’s Tour Diary

Just in today, Complex.com just released an exclusive inside scoop into Aubrey Drake Graham’s Tour Diary for the America’s Most Wanted Tour. Drake answers a couple of questions about the tour, his dressing habits, and why every one on the tour has a pellet gun! This is a must read for all the Drake fans out there.

Complex: How do you choose your outfit for the show?

Drake: “Me and Oliver will sit down together and figure out what’s a good look for tonight. But I like this outfit, I like this sweater, it’s Robert Geller, I wear a lot of Robert Geller.”

Complex: I’m guessing you’re outfit is influenced by the venue and the part of the country you’re in? Continue reading

Drake ft. Saukrates – The Search

Drake just dropped another track with the help of saukrates. It’s pretty dope, it’s produced by Rich Kidd. The song is actually off Rich Kidd’s new mixtape “We On Some Rich Kidd Shit Volume 3”. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Download – Drake – The Search

In site news, the lyrics page has been updated with more Drizzy Drake lyrics, so don’t forget to check that out. Also I have added “Heart Break Drake Part 2” mixtape to the mixtape page, so that’s available for download as well. One more mixtape has came out, it’s DJ Neky The Kid Presents: Drake-A Drizzy Drake Special Mixtape (2009). Prayers out to Drizzy, let’s all hope he gets better.

With Drake, Trey Songz Makes Another Case For His ‘King Of Remixes’ Title

Canadian rapper Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” single is not only a smash for him, but it’s becoming one of the best remixed tracks of the summer. The latest entry comes from self-professed “King of Remixes” Trey Songz, who dropped his track via his Twitter account.

In the studio tryna paint a musical Picasso,” he wrote of the track.

It’s not the first time Drake and Trey Songz have collaborated on a song — they previously released “Successful” and “Replacement Girl” together. In the remix of “Best I Ever Had,” he tweaks the lyrics slightly, so instead of “Baby you my everything/ You’re all I ever wanted,” it’s now “She said I’m her everything/ I’m all she ever wanted.” The track retains the same charm and smoothness as the original with an extra dash of theatricality and swagger care of Songz.

Just as we did when comparing Songz to fellow remixer R. Kelly, I took the temperature of the Newsroom to see what the prevailing opinion was of Trey’s “Best I Ever Had.” The overall consensus? Hot!

In addition to tossing off remixes, Trey Songz has signed up to be part of a new collaboration called Ocean’s 7. The group consists of Jermaine Dupri, Usher, Nelly, Bryan-Michael Cox, Tyrone Davis and Johnta Austin. The group takes it’s name from the film Ocean’s 11 and was apparently created when Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox were in Las Vegas working in the studio with Usher. The group, who fashion themselves after the original Rat Pack, has already dropped a mixtape called 3000 and 9 S—, as well as a video for a song called “So Much Swagg.”

What do you think: Is Trey Songz the current remix king, or is there somebody else out there churning out superior tracks? Leave your thoughts in the comments…

Source: MTV

LL Cool J Speaks On Drake & Hip Hop

LL Cool J speaks about Drake and hip hop in these days and what people like and how it’s always evolving. A must watch video, LL is hilarious in this!

Drake Singing Every Girl Live

Just a video I found recently on youtube of Drake singing “Every Girl” live. He really knows how to give it all in this video. While we are on the subject, don’t forget to subscribe to are youtube account to know when new videos are posted.

Drake: From Degrassi To Rap Royalty

The Canadian hip-hop artist (‘Best I Ever Had’) has built a huge following with a gift for melodies, powerful allies and savvy management.

By any modern measure of musical popularity — YouTube views, radio airplay, ring-tone ubiquity — the single “Best I Ever Had” by Toronto rapper Drake is not only a hit, it’s arguably 2009’s “Song of the Summer.” Since debuting on iTunes last month, the hip-hop lust track has sold 600,000 digital downloads and topped three separate pop charts. Even if you can’t summon to mind its rap-sung vocals or brassy syncopated beat, you’ve probably heard “Best I Ever Had” blaring out of a convertible somewhere. Continue reading

MTV Says Drake’s So Far Gone Is The Hottest Mixtape Of 2009 (So Far)

What can we say about So Far Gone that hasn’t already been written in this very section? The mixtape was artistically dope and had out-of-control buzz, and we are stamping it as the mixtape of 2009 so far based on the impact and quality. Let the debates begin, but you’ll have a difficult time saying what other tape reached the ‘hood, the ‘burbs and the industry. A universal thumbs-up. Let’s hope the album lives up to the hype.

“I am honored by the accolade given to me by Mixtape Daily and just by all the stuff that’s going on,” Drake said about getting the nod. “I feel like I just spent a lot of years so in tune with music that I really love. Whether it be R&B, whether it be jazz, whether it be rap, whatever. I think So Far Gone was me finding myself as a person and then finding a way to balance all these things that I love and figuring out truly what it is that I’m good at. I think once you find a rhythm or a formula as an artist, it starts to connect with people. You know, people are like, ‘OK, he’s doing his thing.’ That’s important to do your thing. You can’t be doing what so-and-so is doing or do something that doesn’t fit you. … The best part about finding that rhythm was just being honest. Honesty, you know, rapping about my life and things that occur on a daily basis. So when I draw inspiration, I really can draw from my life, not go make something up or hear someone else’s story.

“I can just live and then write,” he continued. “And so that really makes my musical process very easy and gratifying. It’s been dope. So for people to respond to that mixtape was a great thing.”

With all the accolades he’s raked in from the mixtape, has Drizzy ever had second thoughts about giving the tape out for free instead of selling it?

“I think that’s what we’re working on right now,” he said. ” ‘Best I Ever Had’ is doing amazing on iTunes. But [the mixtape] was an important moment for me. So no, I don’t ever look at it and say, ‘I wish that was an album.’ It was important that it was a mixtape, ’cause if it was an album, I don’t know if it would’ve had the same impact. I think the fact that I gave that for free, it was kind of brazen, like, ‘What? What do you have in your collection, in your catalog, to be able to throw this out there?’ And just while we were creating it, it was all of us, you know? Me, 40, Oliver and everyone else involved. It was us, just having fun in a stress-free environment, because we knew we were going to give it away. So I am hoping to bring that same energy to the album. It’s harder, because you know that it’s your album. You know people have to go buy it and they have to support it or else you’re not going to live up to the expectations, but hopefully we can channel that same energy into this project.”

The Mixtape Daily famliy sat down and discussed not just Drake’s effort, but the street projects by a slew of other artists. Come back Friday for our entire list.

If you still haven’t downloaded Drake’s “So Far Gone” Mixtape you can download it now!

Drake – So Far Gone Mixtape (2009)

Download “Best I Ever Had”