Music / Drake
YOLO - That's the motto.
"What am I doin? What am I doin?
Oh, yeah, that's right, I'm doin me
I'm doin me, I'm livin life right now mayne
And this what I'ma do 'til it's over, 'til it's over
But it's far from over"
Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), aka Drake, is a Canadian rapper and actor. Drake's father is an African-American from Memphis, Tennessee, and his mother is a white Jewish Canadian.
He originally became known for playing the character Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation
(which, up until his guest host spot on Saturday Night Live
, he didn't want to admit).
After making a few mixtapes, in 2008 he was discovered by Lil Wayne
. Drake's first studio album, Thank Me Later
, released on June 15, 2010, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album has since gone platinum. He released his second studio album, titled Take Care
, in November 2011.
Drake has been nominated for several awards including Grammys, even being selected to perform at the 2010 Grammy award ceremony. Drake has also won several awards, including two Juno Awards in 2010 for Best New Artist, and Rap Recording of the Year, as well as the 2013 Grammy for Best Rap Album.
His British counterpart is Craig David
who not only has a black father and white Jewish mother but is also a hit R & B singer who help popularize the UK Garage music genre during the late 1990's and early 2000's.
His YMMV page is here
Not to be confused with Drake Bell
or Nick Drake
- Room for Improvement (Mixtape) (2006)
- Comeback Season (Mixtape) (2007)
- So Far Gone (Mixtape/EP) (2009)
- Thank Me Later (2010)
- Take Care (2011)
- Nothing Was The Same (2013)
- If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015)
- Views (2016)
"Trope Me Later":
- Answer Song: "The Motto" is this to "If Today Was Your Last Day" by Nickelback.
- Arc Words: OVO. It stands for "October's Very Own", referencing his birthday. He also raps with The Weeknd as OVOXO. OVO is mentioned in many of his songs.
- Ascended Meme: The "Drake the type of nigga" meme is referenced in "Back to Back":
I'm not the type of nigga that'll type to niggas.
- Audience Participation Song:
- Everyone shouts the "I WAS! RUNNIN! THROUGH THE! SIX! WITH MY WOES!" chant from "Know Yourself".
- The entirety of "Back to Back", but especially the "world tour or your girl's tour" and "getting bodied by a singin' nigga" lines.
- Big Damn Heroes: The video for "Hold On (We're Going Home)" is Drake and crew rescuing his lover from a rival gang in 1985 Miami.
- Breather Episode: "Wednesday Night Interlude" is a slow jam to help calm listeners down after the rap-dense first half of IYRTITL.
- Boastful Rap: "Forever", "Over" and "Headlines". Many others.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The "Find Your Love" music video.
- Bowdlerise: His first hit single "Best I Ever Had", is changed from "You the fuckin' best, you the fuckin' best" to "You the, you the best" for radio play. The majority of his work is an example of this one, with "Find Your Love" being an exception.
- Breakup Song: Hotline Bling is about him angsting about his ex not calling him on his cellphone anymore.
- Call Back:
- "The Motto" interpolates a line in the chorus he provided for Lil Wayne's "She Will": I mean maybe she won't, but then again maybe she will.
- In Summer Sixteen he makes a reference to Hotline Bling: "Then I hit them with the hotline/Chris Breezy with the dance moves/Moe G with the dance moves/Ave Boy with the dance moves".
- Cluster F-Bomb: Far too many to count (he IS a rapper, after all). A very glaring example (given the song) is on the remix to Kanye West's "All of the Lights" (as mentioned on Rhyming with Itself below).
- Don't Explain the Joke: Does this twice on his Comeback Season mixtape.
From "The Presentation":
"Tryna make some cheese off a single is a process/ Get it? Kraft, single, cheese, process"
From "Man of the Year":
"I never copied nor bit like Eddie, man/ Did you get it? Eddie Murphy was in Norbit/ Or was it way over your head? Did you forfeit?"
- Flipping the Bird: In the video for "Headlines."
- Freestyle Version: Around a quarter of the mixtape So Far Gone is freestyles, using songs by Jay-Z ("Ignorant Shit"), Kanye West ("Say You Will"), Lykke Li ("Little Bit"), Santogold ("Unstoppable") and Peter Bjorn and John ("Let's Call It Off"). note
- Genre Roulette: He switches between straight up rap (combining elements of both alternative hip hop and pop-rap) and pop/R&B. One of his top hits is "Find Your Love", which has no rap at all. Take Care especially has less rap and more of an alternative R&B feel. On Views, "Controlla" and "One Dance" are obviously influenced by reggae/dancehall. The leaked version of "Controlla", in fact, featured Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan.
- History Repeats: If You're Reading This It's Too Late was the first new album of 2015 to sell over 1 million copies that year. Then, Views would be the first new album of 2016 to pass the same milestone note .
- Insistent Terminology: There was lots of debate on whether If You're Reading This It's Too Late is a mixtape or studio album, as it was released commercially although Drake referred to it as a mixtape.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Marvin's Room", "Headlines", "The Resistance" and "Wu-Tang Forever".
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Know Yourself". You know the one. "I WAS! RUNNIN! THROUGH THE! SIX! WITH MY WOES!"
- Refrain from Assuming:
- "Karaoke" isn't called "If You Gotta Go".
- "Dreams Money Can Buy" isn't called "Don't Fuck With Me".
- "Make Me Proud" isn't called "I'm So Proud Of You".
- "Headlines" is not called "They Know".
- Rock Star Song: Quite a few of his songs discuss fame.
- Rhyming with Itself:
- He often rhymes "shit" with "shit".
- His verse on the "All Of The Lights" remix has him ending about ten lines with "motherfucker".
- He also often rhymes "nigga" with "nigga".
- So Proud of You: In addition to "Make Me Proud", he includes a meta-example from his grandmother on "Look What You've Done".
- [[Shout-Out]]: In The Motto .... Shout goes out to Nicko, Jay, Chubbs and shout to Gibbo.
- Spoken Word in Music: The end of the album version of Headlines stands out as a excellent example
- True Companions: "Man I love my team, I would die for them niggas."
- Voice Types: Tenor mostly - as the lead singer throughout his R&B/Rap albums, this is to be expected.