There are many people I could point to that have positively affected music…
…but I think we need to pause and hear it for Drake!
Aubrey Drake Graham goes by his middle name “Drake” and has proven to the music industry that he’s not only a staple, but a beacon of hope for other artists to get seen and heard.
He’s been going hard at his craft (working on music) since he was making mixtapes (the Hip Hop equivalent to albums) in ’06 and then in 2009 he made a million dollars off the mixtape So Far Gone. Excuse me, I want you to realize that Drake was an unsigned artist and made $1 Million off a mixtape! That’s way out of left field and unheard of! No marketing team, no social media craze, no nothing! Just simply by word of mouth!
When I look at Drake, I see persistence, a dream, and determination. A young rapper from Toronto turned into a global superstar all because he hustled and he got taken under the wing of one of the most respected rappers…
So besides being a protégé, Aubrey found his way up the musical ladder by being passionate and nobody could deny his talent and his art.
You see, Drake took rap back to the most beautiful form: Spoken Word. He brought it back to the days where it was all about speaking your mind, not censoring yourself, and real talk. He brought poetry to the forefront and I can say that the albums and individual songs I’ve heard from him are exhilarating no matter the topic! He has an air about him and he’s too good for words. I cannot say enough good things about Drake and the flavor he has added back into Hip Hop. He made everyone step their game up!
Proof is in the numbers and such is with Drake’s album sales! His first album, Thank Me Later, sold millions of copies and was SO highly anticipated it’s not even funny! Then his sophomore album Take Care sold 4.6 million copies worldwide and the third album Nothing Was the Same sold over 7 million copies worldwide!
The best trilogy since The Lord of the Rings…I’m just sayin’!
I know what you’re thinking! What about:
I know, right?!
Okay so that’s a trilogy + 1 because Drake’s mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was a smash hit tying a Beatles’ record for having 14 hits on the Billboard 100 at the same time! There are 17 songs on the mixtape…
You do the math! 😀
With great success comes great influence and that’s what Drake has inherited little by little, or more like lot by lot! What I mean is how he is perceived and how he has been able to help the careers of The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor, and Ilovemakonnen. All of which were unknown before Drake was featured on their songs and then their career skyrocketed in no time flat!
Speaking of which, The Weeknd just performed with Taylor Swift…I’m so jealous!
Drake’s 4th studio album Views From the 6 is coming out this year and at the WWDC15 hosted by Apple, he announced in person that he will release it on Apple Music!
Take a look at him taking the WWDC15 stage here:
He’s brought Hip Hop to mainstream as pop artists are welcoming features by rappers at an all-time high. I do feel as if Drake has revived Hip Hop music, and trust me, I think Hip Hop does too!
Congrats Drake on your success! Trust me, none of your contributions go unnoticed!