Drake, hip-hop’s most successful crossover artist, has helped lead an emotionally mature rap brand since it emerged at the turn of the 21st century. Born Aubrey Drake Graham in Toronto in 1986, he first came to public attention as a child actor, joining the cast of the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation, in which he starred as Jimmy Brooks, a basketball player who was physically disabled. . after being shot by a classmate.
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With many #1 albums, breaking record sales for iconic music industry veterans, including Eminem, Tupac and Jay-Z, Canadian rapper Drake’s journey to stardom began when he was just 14 years old. The unlikely rapper landed the role of popular eighth grader and basketball star Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi in 2001 and starred on the show for eight seasons before leaving in 2008.
Putting Drake in perspective
There are many factors that go into creating a superstar. They need the right drive, flair and talent. And Drake has all 3. Being under the direction of Lil Wayne, who was the best at the time, allowed him to start his career. Even if Drake was bad, having a co-signer for an artist like Wayne means he still might have had a year or two to tour.
Drake also came at the right time. In Drake’s early days, Kanye West was already in his prime.
He was doing emotional content that paved the way for Drake. Drake just took it to another level. Combine his flair with his ear for production and his ability to spot trends and you’ve got the recipe.
In June 2005, Chris Brown released his debut single “Run It!” and in November 2005 he released his self-titled debut album Chris Brown. Despite it being his first album, Chris Brown was a huge commercial success, selling 154,000 copies in its first week alone! With his debut single “Run It,” Chris topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, becoming the first male single to reach the top since 1995. Along with his early commercial success, Chris sold over 100 million hits. of albums and 140 million records worldwide.
For Drake, the number of records sold worldwide is higher since he has 30 million more records than Chris Brown. In addition, he has sold more than 100 million albums and was named by the RIAA in the United States as the most certified digital single artist. The four-time Grammy-winning artist released his first album as R&B, the hip hop artist also beat out Chris Brown in sales of his debut album, as Thank Me Later sold 447,000 copies worldwide alone. in its first week. Additionally, the album was ranked number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.