- "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"—Drake, "Over"
Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), known professionally as just 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.
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 #1 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.
In 2012, Drake and producer Noah “40” Shebib launched the label imprint OVO Sound, which is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records.
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 1990s and early 2000s.
- 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)
- More Life (Playlist) (2017)
- Scary Hours (EP) (2018)
- Scorpion (2018)
"Trope Me Later":
- all lowercase letters: How the liner notes for If You're Reading This It's Too Late are presented.
- 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 Beautiful Woman: Talks about his love of these in his feature on Nicki Minaj's "Only" - though the fact that he's rapping about Nicki suggests that he means something a bit different.note
- 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 If You're Reading This It's Too Late.
- 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.
- Break-Up Song: "Hotline Bling" is about him angsting because of his ex not calling him on his cellphone anymore.
I mean maybe she won't, but then again maybe she will.
- "The Motto" interpolates a line in the chorus he provided for Lil Wayne's "She Will":
Then I hit them with the hotline
- In "Summer Sixteen" he makes a reference to "Hotline Bling" and the infamous dance moves he performs in the music video:
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.
Tryna make some cheese off a single is a process
- From "The Presentation":
Get it? Kraft, single, cheese, process
I never copied nor bit like Eddie, man
- From "Man of the Year":
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 (who isn't on the album version).
- Inherited Illiteracy Title: "Marvins Room" is supposed to be spelled with no apostrophe.
- 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.
- Similarly, More Life is neither a mixtape nor a studio album; it's apparently a playlist.
- The Muse: Several of his songs ("Firework", "Take Care" and possibly "Made Man") are based on his relationship with Rihanna, and he frequently collaborates with her.
- One Name Only: His rap name.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Marvins 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".
- Sampling: "Nice For What" is built around a sped-up sample of "Ex Factor" by Lauryn Hill.
Shout goes out to Nicko, Jay, Chubbs and shout to Gibbo.
- In "The Motto":
And like ya' boy from Compton said, you know this dick ain't free.
- In DJ Khaled's "For Free", he pays homage to Kendrick Lamar's song "For Free? (Interlude)" with the following line:
- Siamese Twin Songs: "Wu Tang Forever" segues directly into "Own It", which flips the former songs repeated use of "it's yours" into a more romantic context.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Raps with an African American accent, but speaks in a fairly neutral Canadian accent.
- So Proud of 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.
- Shows up near the end of "Marvins Room", as well as repeatedly in the chorus."Are you drunk right now?"
- Shows up near the end of "Marvins Room", as well as repeatedly in the chorus.
- Take That!: "Charged Up", "Back to Back", and "Summer Sixteen" is this to Meek Mill, who has accused him of hiring ghostwriters to write his own songs.
- 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.