If you don't know who Drake is, you must be living under a rock. He has had 8 number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100s chart. All of his albums were number one on the US charts and around the world. He was also the first person to reach over 10 billion streams on Apple Music. So he is one of, if not currently the most famous rapper in the world.
Surprisingly, Drake didn't start with music. Drake got his first big role when he played "Jimmy Brooks" in Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001. A drama television series about teenagers living on Degrassi Street. Drake starred in the television series for 7 years until 2008. In 2006, Drake tried to start his music career.
He was 17 and started with a mixtape called "Room for Improvement". In 2007, he released his second mixtape called "Comeback Season." But these first attempts unfortunately did not bring the desired success.
However, when he released his third mixtape, "So Far Gone" 3 years after his beginnings, he managed to get a taste of his success in the music industry. He started working on an album and released it the following year, but before the release of his album, he released the single "Best I Ever Had" in 2009, reaching #92 on the Billboard Hot 100s chart. This was his first song to receive recognition. "Thank Me Later," Drake's first album, received great reviews and positive feedback. This marked the beginning of his career in the music industry. Despite his early success at the age of 23, no one could have guessed the fame and fortune Drake would achieve.
The successes of his music
Drake's most popular and most streamed song is "One Dance" by Drake, WizKid and Kyla. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100s chart in 2016 and stayed at No. 1 for 10 weeks. His second, third and fourth most popular songs are all from his 2018 album "Scorpion." "God's Plan" is the second most popular and stayed at the top of the chart for 10 weeks. "Nice For What," the third most popular song, topped the charts for 8 weeks, and the fourth most popular song, "In my feelings," topped the charts for 4 weeks. Drake is the current record holder for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, topping this list with an incredible 209 tracks.
Certified Lover Boy
People have been waiting for a new album from Drake for a long time. His last full album was "Dark Lane Demo Tapes" in 2020; however, some fans claim that "Scary Hours 2" was his last album, which is difficult to count as an album with only 3 songs included. Drake originally stated that his 6th album "Certified Lover Boy" was ready to be released in January 2021, but now in August 2021, we are still waiting for the release.
Since postponing the release, Drake has been keeping his fans updated and teasing the release for a while, but for now, we unfortunately have to be patient.
Kanye vs. Drake or just album promo after all?
Drake has been at the center of conflicts between famous artists more than once, so his current controversy shouldn't come as a shock. Drake and the infamous Kanye West seem to have beef at the moment. While there are many speculations about the reason for the conflict, the core issue seems to be the new albums.
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Drake and Kanye were going to release new albums this year, 2021.
Originally, Drake was going to release "Certified Lover Boy" in January and Kanye was going to release "Donda" in July, but at this point, we have only heard one of the two albums. It seems like the two were competing to see whose album would be more popular.
Kanye has hinted that he was waiting for Drake to release his album, only to be overshadowed by Kanye releasing his album right after. Then Kanye added the lyric "Move out of the way of my release" to one of his songs, an obvious attack on Drake.
Drake seemed to fire back with lyrics on a feature of a Trippie Redd song that read, "All these fools I'm beefin' that I barely know forty-five, forty-four (Burned out), let it go." This lyric seems to be aimed directly at 44-year-old Kanye West. Afterwards, Kanye attempted to dox Drake by posting Drake's home address. Drake seems to respond to this with a video of him laughing because apparently his address isn't a secret.
While their feud is far from over, it definitely won't end either of their careers. If anything, the drama is getting them both more attention from the media and fans. They are both phenomenal rappers, and I'm sure their albums will speak for themselves.