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Drake at 9:30 Club Photos & Video

Drake’s major label debut, “Thank Me Later” is out Tuesday, and if it lives up to the hype, the Canadian MC/vocalist could become one of the biggest rap stars on the planet. Or, “Thank Me Later” could flop, making the former actor just another story of short-lived success, lucky to get a spot back on his old television show, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”

At his show at the 9:30 Club on Sunday night, Drake acknowledged the pressure: “I’ve been on edge – in about 24 hours, I got an album coming out.”

He may have been anxious, but Drake’s performance didn’t show it: with a DJ and band, he ripped through tracks from his mixtapes (including “So Far Gone”), the “We Are Young Money” album and a couple of selections from his debut.

Because Drake is equal parts heartthrob pop artist and lyrically-skilled rapper, the crowd was what one would imagine at a Jay-Z/Justin Bieber double-bill: Guys taking shots, toasting “to Drizzy!” and little kids at their first concert. But brisk radio hits like “Forever” and “Say Something” seemed to please all comers.

Drake also spent a lot of time shouting “Free Weezy” – his “big brother”/label mate/frequent collaborator Lil Wayne is currently serving time on Riker’s Island. And since Wayne isn’t available for guest appearances at the moment, Drake brought out his mentor’s mentor – Cash Money’s Birdman AKA Baby – for “Money to Blow” and “4 My Town.”

At one point, Drake floated a theory. He mentioned a “new wave” of hip-hop, led by artists including himself, Wiz Khalifa, and Wale, who he said are set to unseat rap’s current titans because “you can only have so many albums from the same rappers for so many years.” Arrogant? Sure. But as he closed the show with “Over” from “Thank Me Later,” Drake’s hypothesis started to sound a lot like the truth.

Article written by Sarah Godfrey @ Washington Post

Drake, How A Kid From Toronto Hit The Big Time

Toronto rapper Drake is on top of the world. With one EP, So Far Gone, he’s already dominating radio and magazine covers; he’s collaborated with Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy, received two Grammy nods and was referred to as rap’s “saviour” by Mary J. Blige. Not bad for a 23-year-old who got his start on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

With his debut, Thank Me Later, about to hit stores, there’s a lot riding on his shoulders. Buoyed by guest spots from the likes of Jay-Z – who jumps on the infectious “Light Up” – the LP mixes booming beats with Drake’s now-signature drawling singsong rhymes. Will it be a hit record? No question.

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Drake Wants To Act Again, But…

Although Drake’s career as an actor has been on the back burner since his rise to fame as a rapper, the former “Degrassi: The Next Generation” star isn’t opposed to returning to his roots.

The problem, however, is the lack of quality material that he’s offered.

“That’s probably my biggest goal, is to get back into acting and really pick the right projects,” Drake told XXL magazine. “I’ve been reading different scripts, but I know what I want to do and what type of project I want to be involved in, and I’ve just been getting the typical projects that they’d offer to a new rapper, and it’s like, ‘Ehh, that’s not really what I want to do or how I see myself.’

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Drake Growing Into A Man

“I don’t necessarily know all the time who Drake is” Aubrey “Drake” Graham tells MTV. He’s probably not alone there. Many people might only know Aubrey (who goes by his middle name, Drake, for his rap career) as the rapper that might have or have not dated Rihanna. I might always think of him as “Wheelchair Jimmy” from Degrassi, the Beverly Hills 90210 of Canada. However, I’m beginning to accept that he’s also the rising-star rapper collaborating with the likes of Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay-Z, . I should have learned my lesson with Alanis Morissette: don’t pigeonhole Canadian child stars.

Drake, like any 23 year old, is going through the process of learning who he is. The mixtape master, who was hanging out with his real life buddies on the balcony of the W Hotel in Miami yesterday, confesses “I’m learning about myself.”

“That’s what my music is about”, he explains. Drake isn’t scared to show this personal journey to his fans. “I grew up on TV, I’ve always become accustomed to sharing my life with the world. At least now I get to do it in my own words….so I’m not a character…Me growing into an artist is me growing into a man.”

Drake seems down to earth and thoughtful. I hope he keeps on the right path. Seeing a rising celebrity that values honesty and introspection is like seeing Jimmy walk again when he saves Ashley from the flying lunch tray. It might be too good to be true, but you hope it’s not.

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Aubrey Drake Graham Signs With ICM

ICM has signed Aubrey Graham, otherwise known as Drake, the fast-rising, Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist whose “Best I Ever Had” single hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 — all without having been signed to a label. ICM will rep the rapper-actor in all phases of his career.

Until last summer, Drake was best known as Jimmy Brooks in his role on Canada’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” But all that changed this year when his mentor Lil Wayne and Lil Wayne’s longtime manager Cortez Bryant assisted in launching Drake’s hip hop career, and the success of Drake’s “Best” single helped land a deal with Young Money Entertainment, with distribution through Universal Motown, resulting in a $2 million development payday, as reported by the LA Times. The song is nominated for two Grammy Awards: best rap solo performance and best rap song. He also received an American Music Award nom for hip-hop newcomer of the year.

Drake is working on his label LP debut, “Thank Me Later,” which will be released later this year. The artist’s self distributed mix-tape compilation, “So Far Gone,” has sold 267,484 units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Drake is co-managed by Bryant Management and Hip Hop Since 1978.

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.

Degrassi Co-Stars Support Aubrey Graham

Drake has gone from starring on the Canadian teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” under the name Aubrey Graham, to being nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Video Music Awards. And his former “Degrassi” co-stars Lauren Collins and Adamo Ruggiero couldn’t be more excited to have one of their own up for a Moonman.

“You’d better win!” Collins joked to MTV News when the duo stopped by to promote their TV movie “Degrassi Goes Hollywood,” which airs Friday on the N. “I hope he wins. I think he might.”

Meanwhile, Ruggiero has it all planned out about what will happen if Drake wins. “Bring the awards home, and we’ll, like, polish them together,” he laughed. “We’re gonna be so honored to see him there.”

Aside from all things Drake, the pair are also stoked to see what Lady Gaga will come up with when she takes the VMA stage September 13. “No one knows what she’s going to wear,” Ruggiero said. “I think she’ll sing ‘Paparazzi.’ I’m pretty sure she’ll sing that. I think she’s awesome and super cool and breaks the mold. She’s gonna take it over.”

Collins agreed, saying, “I don’t think we can even fathom what she’s going to do.” Plus, Collins thinks Gaga’s biggest VMA competition, Beyonce, probably has enough Moonmen at this point. “I kind of think it’s Gaga’s year. And I’m sure Beyonce has 400 VMAs in her fantastic home.”

Updates: Drake Cartoon Video, Drake Radio, and New Show!

There’s a couple updates that are going on here over at DrizzyDrake.org. I have been working day and night fixing minor subtle glitches on the website, so everybody can view it the way it should be viewed. If your using Firefox your fine, but no need to worry everything is good.

Drake Starring In “Us & Them”

You heard right, Aubrey Drake Graham is starring in a new Canadian Sitcom. TORONTO — Tonya Lee Williams (“The Young and the Restless”) and Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”) are making a run for “The Border,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and ION Television action drama. Continue reading