“Take my verses too serious, ya hate me”Â Drake sings on Successful, a track off his breakthroughÂ collection So Far Gone (Octobers Very Own). I’m going to go out on a limb and say thatÂ this isÂ one lineÂ inÂ one of hisÂ verses that you should take veryÂ seriously. Drake creates music that’s all about having a good time and there is a lightweight vibe to it. Don’t look much into it. Don’t take this the wrong way, I’m not insultingÂ so much as offering advice.Â I’m a fan.
The man is ridiculously talented. He deserves every ounce of praise he has received and with the release of his new album Thank Me Later (Young Money Entertainment), he should expect to receive a lot more of it in 2010.
Being a young guy can be difficult at times, but Drake has surrounded himself with the perfect cast for setting the stage for a long career. He’s worked with Lil Wayne, Trey Songs, and Alicia Keys to name a few. He has a level of cockiness with the I do amazing work and everyone needs to know about it type of attitude, ala Kanye West. However, he also a smooth delivery and charm similar to that of Usher or an early Craig David. Although I wouldn’tÂ place himÂ on that level of the mentioned heavyweights,Â it makes forÂ some somewhat worthy comparisons. Drake has the rare combination of extreme confidence and a strongÂ go getter type attitude. Only time will tell ifÂ these strengthsÂ help himÂ build an empire or end of destroyingÂ him. Nonetheless, you should be paying attention.
Friday June 18th, Kube 93 presents Summer Jam 2010 with Drake, Trey Songs, Fabolous, Game, Rick Ross, and Jason Derulo at The White River Amphitheatre in Auburn WA. Click here for tickets