"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"
YOLO - That's the motto.
Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), aka Drake, is a Canadian recording artist 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 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)
"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 Fanboy: Possibly. He reveres Aaliyah even more than the rest of hip-hop, and there's a persistent rumor that he's helming her next posthumous project.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Chick: Of the YMCMB clique, for his sensitive style compared to other contemporary rappers. There's a reason why he's been regarded as "the softest nigga in the game."
- Cluster F-Bomb: Far too many to count (he IS a rapper, after all).
- 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?"
- Dream Team: With Lil Wayne.
- With Nicki Minaj as well.
- And Jay-Z.
- With Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem on "Forever".
- With Rihanna on "Take Care" and "What's My Name".
- With Beyoncé on "Mine".
- With The Weeknd.
- 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
- Freudian Trio: He is The Spock to Lil Wayne's Kirk and Nicki Minaj's McCoy.
- 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.
- Informed Judaism: He is Jewish. His video for "HYFR" shows him having an adult Bar Mitzvah and the subsequent party and his monologue on SNL had a re-enactment of his bar mitzvah back in 1999 (when he was 13 years old).
- Irony: His rivalry with Chris Brown. Both have songs called "Forever".
- The Mentor: His is Lil Wayne.
- He is also one to The Weeknd
- Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Nicki Minaj, despite rumors to the contrary.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Marvin's Room", "Headlines", "The Resistance", "Wu-Tang Forever"
- Non Indicative Name: "Marvin's Room" and "Headlines" again.
- Refrain from Assuming: "Karaoke", "Dreams Money Can Buy", "Make Me Proud".
- The Rival: Chris Brown. This rivalry could be quite awkward when you consider (look above) how close Brown is to Lil Wayne...and to the rest of Young Money.
- In 2014 they reconciled and started making music together.
- 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".
- I'm So-I'm So-I'm So-I'm So-I'm So Proud o' You: In addition to "Make Me Proud", he includes a meta-example from his grandmother on "Look What You've Done".
- Spoken Word in Music: The end of the album version of Headlines stands out as a excellent example
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Pretty much any song he raps in will be mis-attributed to him. In fact his rap on Rick Ross's "Aston Martin Music" was so long it was released as its own song on one of his mixtapes.
- Toronto: He was obviously born there but he mentions specific streets in "Connect":
I take Eglinton to 401 East
And exit at Markham Road and the East end
Where all the pretty girls are sleeping
- True Companions: "Man I love my team, I would die for them niggas."
- Twofer Token Minority: He is a black Jew (his dad is black and his mom is white and Jewish). Raised to Threefer by being Canadian.
- Voice Types: Tenor mostly - as the lead singer throughout his R&B/Rap albums, this is to be expected.
- Wolverine Publicity: He's collaborated with Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, DJ Khaled, Usher, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Jay-Z, Diddy Dirty Money, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Tyga, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, J.Cole, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Rihanna
- and ironically enough Chris Brown, in the remix to the latter's "Deuces" (with Kanye West and Andre 3000 of OutKast).
- He also appears on the same record as Brown in the remix to Soulja Boy's "Yamaha Mama" and has a non-performing appearance in the video for DJ Khaled's "Take It To The Head" which features Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne.