Words by Shurida Lundi
October’s Very Own is 31 years old today. Happy Birthday Drake!
The Canadian rapper, born Aubrey Graham, threw a “Boy Meets Warhol” inspired party this past Saturday surrounded by family, friends, and Toronto Raptors basketball players.
Drake started out as an actor best known for his role in Degrassi as Jimmy Brooks and popped up on the rap scene with the single “Replacement Girl” featuring Trey Songz. After signing with Young Money, in June 2010, Drake released his debut album Thank Me Later. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with features from Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and JAY-Z. A year later, Drake released Take Care, which went diamond and debuted at number one in the U.S. and Canada. With singles like “Headlines,” “Make Me Proud,” “The Motto” and “Crew Love,” Drake solidified his name in the rap game even with criticism about him singing more than rapping and being so soft.
His third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, was released in 2013 and gave us the top singles “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started from The Bottom.” Two years later, Drake released two mixtapes, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and a joint mixtape with Future, What a Time to be Alive. The following year, in 2016, Views was released making that his fourth studio album and produced “One Dance,” the most successful single of his career.
We hope what he said in “Weston Road Flows” about retiring at 35 isn’t true because we need more music from Champagne Papi! Happy 31st Birthday Drizzy! Drake shared some photos on his Instagram (@champagnepapi) of his birthday celebration.