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.
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.’