Saturday, January 24

Who The F*#K Is That?!: Drake

Rapper/Actor - Drake

What up yall?! The Virgo is at it once again, this time I'm introducing yet another NEW Column entitled Who The F*#k Is That?!
where we showcase artists who are fairly new to the game that we feel you should know about. Aight lemme tell yall how I stumbled upon Drake. So my homey Cat emailed me a mixtape by DJ Biggy Jiggy (Exclusive Tunes 47) because it had a song on it that I was tellin' him about. So I downloaded it, burned it and threw it in the whip. I had skimmed through the mixtape once on my PC but that was the extent of the airplay the mixtape got. Until the other day I was in the car, tired of listening to the radio and all the other CD's I'd been bumpin' and decided to put the mixtape in. Started off with the usual suspects Lil Wayne, Jada etc. but then track 11 comes on and hear this cat I know nothing about just murdering Kanye's "Say You Will" instrumental the 1st song on 808's & Heartbreak. It was Drake's "Say What's Real" And I'm trippin' because besides the song I did over that track, I had never heard anybody else spit over that beat. He goes on to spit just under 4 minutes straight with no hook just bar after bar of some of the slickest shyt I've heard in a good minute. Needless to say that track has been on repeat for past couple days(lol). I hollered at Kodak Boi, and asked if he'd heard of him and he put me up on a lil' of Drake's history to my I took upon myself to Google this cat and found out that he's been putting it work with the likes of Trey Songz and Lil Wayne on top of starring in Nickelodeon's Degrassi as the disabled Jimmy Brooks!! Here's what dug up!! Catch Up niggaz!! (Listen to the song "Say What's Real" while you read up on Drake) And yall crazy if yall think I'm not gonna post MY version too!! Yeah I spit...

Drake "Say What's Real"

Starr Nyce "Feelin' Like"

Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian actor, rapper and singer. He is known for playing Jimmy Brooks, the physically disabled character on Degrassi: The Next Generation. As a rapper, Graham uses the stage name Drake, and is often billed as the new version of The Fresh Prince. He is currently signed to Interscope Records.

Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dennis Graham, a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis; his uncle is musician Teenie Hodges. His father is African American (a native of Memphis, Tennessee) and his mother is a white Jewish Canadian. He attended high school at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he began acting.

Since 2001, Graham has played Jimmy Brooks, the student who was injured in a school shooting at Degrassi Community School, making him the first main character with a physical disability on Degrassi: The Next Generation. He also appeared in the film Charlie Bartlett, co-starring Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey, Jr., which was released on February 22, 2008.

As a rapper, Graham has two self-published mixtapes, Room for Improvement and Comeback Season, under the stage name Drake. Room For Improvement was produced by DJ Smallz.He shot a video for his debut single "Replacement Girl" which features R&B singer Trey Songz. He also made a cameo appearance in Trey Songz's "Wonder Woman" video. Graham also has an independent record label called ATF. ATF consists of T-Slack, Olivier, Photo Will, Future the Prince, Boi-1da, Azuka, Yung Trane, Mayhem Morearty, JD Era, P-Reign, Richie Sosa, Nickelus F, Bishop Brigante, Young Tony, 40/40 and many more. They are a part of the imprint The Wise Guys and October's Very Own. The whole crew stems from Toronto and many of them have ventured off into their own realm of music but still have that affiliation.

During the process of recording and writing for both mixtapes, Drake worked with a fair amount of artists to get publicity. Trey Songz was featured on both mixtapes, and Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke worked on Comeback Season. Drake has been in works with Lil Wayne in 2008 releasing songs such as "Ransom", "I Want This Forever", "Stunt Hard", "Stuntin", "I Can Take Your Girl"and "Brand New (Remix)". As well as being featured on a hot new single by Colin Munroe "Cannon Ball". He has recently signed with Interscope Records.

Drake announced he has a new mixtape coming out early 2009 entitled So Far Gone. It will feature writings from the past two to three years. A collection of thoughts from 40, Jay, Jazz, Mayhem, JD and many more. Along with the progression of So Far Gone, Drake & friends will be featured on DJ Wristpects newest mixtape, BTG V.3. He also is reportedly working on an album called Thank Me Later Drake also said that Lil Wayne will be the executive producer for the album.He recently said in a interview that he will be featured on a track on Lil Wayne's Upcoming New Rock Album.Drake is currently touring with Lil' Wayne, then he will get ready to attend Grammy weekend.

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