People on the internet, in the streets, and on the radio stations have either been ranting and raging over the hit sensation coming out of Toronto, or they have been downplaying this new musicians ability to create music. I am going to break down everything, and explain why I think the haters are wrong when they say that Drake will not be able to make it in the music industry, and that he is not a skilled musician. This post should put the haters to sleep, and give all those who are big supporters of Drake more reason to love the Hip-Hop/R&B musician. I was posed with a question in a recent e-mail from a reader that went along the lines of, "Can you please explain to me why people think Drake is such a great musician?" I responded to her that I would do so, but not through e-mail, rather, I will do a post on the site about why I think Drake is such a good musician. So here you have it, let's take a travel through my mind and my reasoning, shall we?

Drake's whole career starts with his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation. In this role, he plays a basketball star who gets shot in the back by a fellow classmate named Rick. He becomes disabled and is restricted to a wheel chair. He eventually drops sports and gives that all up and pursues a more "artsy" side of his life. In later seasons, he begins to pursue a musical career as a, get this, a rapper! So there you have it, the birth of who we now know today as Drizzy Drake. Now before I go into the release and musical works that he has put out, let's just talk about Drake as an overall human. The guy does interviews with people, does not flip out in public, and he stays clean and away from trouble. He is a genuinely nice person, and almost every single person who has ever worked with the guy has nice things to say about him. With that said, because he is so easy to work with, such an accessible musician, and such a talented person, he is going to be able to collaborate with some of the greats in the music game. On top of his genuinely nice guy personality, and unbelievable talent to captivate a crowd at a concert, he is someone who is not cocky and stuck up. He knows he is great, but doesn't walk around as if he is better then everyone else out there. This being said, he will be a very successful musician in the industry, and will more than likely have a long and illustrious career.

February 2006 marked a big month in Drake's musical career. He released his second mixtape entitled, Comeback Season. The mixtape garnered a ton of attention and gained much success and recognition. This was the game changer for Drake's musical career. Comeback Season really showed his versatility as a Hip-Hop/R&B musician. When I popped this tape into my CD player (yes, I had a CD player in '06 and I used it on a regular basis, not everyone had iPod's!), I was amazed and taken aback by the voice I was hearing in my speakers. Drake's voice has this sort of versatility that most musicians don't have... He can sing and he can rap. By him doing both, he is able to bring a truly unique sound to the table, and is able to captivate a young and older audience. He isn't someone who is tied down to one musical style, on some tracks he will be rapping and getting his R&B on, and then on the next, he will be hitting beautiful melodies and notes that you would never hear out of R&B musicians now a day. Tracks like, "The Last Hope (Feat. Kardinal Offishall & Andreena Mill)," "Man of the Year (Feat. Lil' Wayne)," "City is Mine," "Teach U a Lesson," & "Missin' You (Remix)," all exemplify that Drake has the ability to be great. Out of the twenty four track mixtape, I can safely say that each and every song was solid and worth listening to. Each track brought a different sound to the table, on some tracks, he brought it hard rapping, and on other tracks, he sang it for the ladies and gave that R&B twist to the track. Then you have your tracks that he is singing and belting out notes that most musicians that are in the game can't hit.

February 13th, 2009, was the career changing mixtape which got the attention of teens, young adults, music producers, label companies, and musicians all around the music industry. So Far Gone hit the wires that day, and ended up being a huge success and arguably one of the greatest mixtapes of the year. After two hours of its release, there were 8,000 downloads. I don't think I have ever heard of a mixtape being downloaded 8,000 times in two hours, if you have, then please give me the name of the tape and the musician, so I can check it out. So Far Gone featured such a higher level of music out of the Toronto musician. I don't know what it was about this tape, but it had everything. I don't know what other mixtapes are coming out this year, but if I had to do the rankings right now, So Far Gone would be number one! If you don't have this mixtape, then you're missing out on something special and arguably one of the best mixtapes to come out in a long time. Drake's new installment of So Far Gone is what definitely propelled his career even further. This tape should be a barometer to all up and coming musicians as to where the quality of their work should be when they put out a mixtape. Drake seems to go hard on no matter what he is doing. I hate the musicians that only go half way on a mixtape and full-throttle on an LP. Anyway, cop So Far Gone, and listen to the next big thing in the music industry.

With all that being said, we find ourselves with the news that Drake will be putting out his first album. The crazy part about this news is that he is yet to be signed to a major label company, and he may not even sign to one and put the album out independently. It is unheard of a big time musician putting an album out independently, and if anyone were to become "successful" by releasing an LP independently, it would be Drizzy Drake. The title for his forthcoming LP is, Thank Me Later, and it has been reported that musicians such as Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne will be on there. With that being said, I think we can all agree that there will be even more big time musicians being featured on his upcoming album. The fact that he has those three musicians on the album already causes so much commotion and craze and demand for the LP's release. Jay-Z has been known for taking newer musicians and turning them into something special, take Rihanna as an example! Kanye West is an unbelievable producer/musician who has gained much success in the music industry by putting out four crazy good albums, and signing young talented musicians like Big Sean and KiD CuDi. Imagine if 'Ye adds Drake to his list of up and coming musicians on G.O.O.D. Music. That is a very scary thought, and Yeezy would be breeding the future of Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B by himself! Lastly, Weezy has jumped on the Drake bandwagon and is arguably the closest with Drake out of the three mentioned musicians above. Lil' Wayne has appeared both big time mixtapes that Drake has put out, and has featured Drake on some of his own material. The relationship with the "A Millie" musician will definitely help propel his career to the next level. Jay-Z, Weezy, & Yeezy each have shown interest in Drake, doesn't that say something to all the haters out there!? It will only be a matter of time in which Drake will be taking over the music industry for good, and dominating all aspects of music.

So there you have it, why I think Drizzy Drake is going to be, "Successful" in the music industry. He has the support of fans, family, and music figures throughout the industry. He has already blown the minds of many people around the world with his releases of Comeback Season and So Far Gone. The recent news of his future LP has caused a ruckus among the music fans on the internet, and with the recent love from Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, and Jay-Z, there seems to be no end to the amount of fame that this kid can get! Drake already has one of hottest singles to come out, with his hit track "Successful," and his crazy good mixtape, So Far Gone, will soon be featured on iTunes. I am telling all who don't know about Drake yet, to go out, get his mixtapes, and keep checking back here to get more updates and information about Drake.

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