Aubrey Drake Graham, 30, has become one of the top musicians in music. He started out most notably on the hit television show Degrassi. Drake gained an appreciation for music because after spending summers with his father who was a well-known drummer for the likes of Jerry Lewis (drakeofficial.com).
I’ll never forget the first time I heard drake sing/rap. I had a nice collection of “bootleg” CDs, on of which was my favorite rapper at the time- Lil Wayne. The song is called: “I can take your girl LINK HERE”
Drake released his first mixtape titled: “Room for Improvement” in 2006, and “Comeback Season” in 2007 (hotnewhiphop.com), which caught the attention of Lil Wayne. In 2009, after touring with Wayne, he released his mixtape “So Far Gone,” which would put him on the map. Drake ultimately signed with Young Money (or YMCB), Lil Wayne’s label under Birdman’s Cash Money Records.
Since then Drake or Champagne Papi’s career has skyrocketed him into a ton of success. He has released several albums including:
- Thank Me Later
- Take Care
- Nothing Was The Same
- If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
- What a Time To Be Alive (Joint Collab with Future)
- More Life
Drake has been fortunate to work with most main stream artists some of which are: Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Migos, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Trey Songz, 2 Chainz and the list goes on!
This is an excerpt from Drakeofficial.com:
“Drake has catapulted into stardom not only as an artist, but as a cultural maven with October’s Very Own. Sharing the story of the thriving music scene in Toronto, Drake has built out OVO from a small-scale blog about his crew to an all-encompassing lifestyle brand, including his clothing company, his record label OVOSOUND and his annual OVOFEST.”
Artists under his label include – Ovo Jordan, Majid Jordan, PARTYNEXTDOOR, DVSN, Plaza and Baka Not Nice (ovosound.com).
Drake has not only started an OVO brand, created custom Jordans, created a cognac, hosted sports awards show’s like the ESPYS and the first ever NBA awards.
According to Grammy.com, Drake has won 3 Grammy’s- for best rap performance for “Hotline Bling,” best rap song for “Hotline Bling,” and best rap album for “Take Care.” He has also been nominated 35 times in a wide range of categories.
In honor of his upcoming 31st birthday (October 24th), I chose to create a list of my favorite top 30 songs by Drake (in order mostly by when it was released to see the growth). ENJOY!
- Sooner Than Later
- Best I Ever Had
- Show Me A Good Time
- Find Your Love *S/N: Great Visuals!
- Still Got It Feat. Tyga
- Dreams Money Can Buy
- July Feat. Jhene Aiko
- I Get Lonely Too
- Over My Dead Body
- Underground Kings
- The Real Her
- Lord Knows Feat. Rick Ross
- Enough Said Feat. Aaliyah
- Started From the Bottom *S/N: He hopped out that car so clean
- Come Thru
- I’m The Plug Feat. Future
- Back to Back
- Feel No Ways
- 4 PM in Calabasas
- Teenage Fever
- Sacrifices Feat. 2 Chainz and Young Thug
- Free Smoke