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Hip-hop’s most successful crossover artist, Drake has helped spearhead an emotionally mature brand of rap since his emergence in the early 21st Century. Born Aubrey Drake Graham, in Toronto, in 1986, he first came to the public’s attention as a child actor, joining the cast of Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation, in which he played Jimmy Brooks, a basketball player who becomes physically disabled after being shot by a classmate. Drake’s first step into the music industry came in 2006 with a self-released mixtape, the Little Brother-influenced Room For Improvement. A promising first salvo, it showcased his versatility as he moved with ease from slick R&B pop nuggets such as ‘All This Love’ to tougher rap fare the likes of ‘A Scorpio’s Mind’. 2007’s follow-up mixtape, Comeback Season, built upon its predecessor’s good work, moving through a variety of genres with fluidity. Notable highlights range from the smooth soul of the Dwele-guesting ‘Don’t U Have A Man’ to club banger ‘Must Hate Money’, and old-school hip-hop nugget ‘Do What You Do (Remix)’. Elsewhere, on ‘Think Good Thoughts’, producer 9th Wonder co-opts Anita Baker’s ‘Sweet Love’ to superb effect. The accompanying single ‘Replacement Girl’ spawned a video which scored New Joint Of The Day on BET, making Drake the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video aired by the station. Among Comeback Season’s many fans was Lil Wayne, who invited Drake to tour with him in 2008, quickly establishing himself as the young Canadian’s mentor.
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Nothing Was The Same

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What A Time To Be Alive

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So Far Gone

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