Getting to Know Drake and Lil Wayne
The rapper known as Drake, was originally known as Aubrey Drake Graham. He was born to Dennis, an African American from Memphis Tennessee, and Sandi, who is of White Jewish heritage, on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario. his parents divorced, when Aubrey was only five years old. Drake was raised in the Jewish heritage, while he learned acting at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. He was also privileged to appreciate the African American experience, as most of his summers were spent with his father in Memphis.
He was originally known as an actor playing, the role of Jimmy Brooks in the television series Degrassi: the Next Generation, and signed his first recording contract in June of 2009.
His first studio recording, Thank Me Later, was released in June 2010, by Young Money Studios, which is owned by Lil Wayne. the album debuted at Number One on the Billboard’s top 200 list. his second release Take Care, was dropped on November of 2011, and has since gone platinum.
Drake is recognized as one of the most popular artists in the hip-hop music genre, and has worked with several others including, Jay-Z, label mates, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Rick Ross and Eminem. He has also written and collaborated with Jamie Foxx, and Alicia Keys. his distinctive voice and styling can often be heard in samples and remixes that are in regular rotation on various radio stations.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. who may be better known as Lil Wayne, was born on September 27, 1982. He started his career at the age of nine, when he joined Cash Money Records, as half of the duo, called the B. Gz. After joining the Hot Boys, that included rappers Juvenile, Young Turk, and B. G. , in 1997, the album Guerrilla Warfare was released to significant acclaim in 1999. Lil Wayne also released his debut album Tha Block is Hot, that quickly went Platinum, with over one million copies sold in the U. S. his next two albums, Lights Out and 500 Degreez were released in 2000, and 2002 respectively. both albums were only certified Gold, but his popularity was reclaimed in 2004, with the release of Tha Carter. Tha Carter III, the second follow-up to the original, was certified Platinum after its’ first week of release in 2008, and it won the Grammy for best Rap Album of the year.
Both Drake and Lil Wayne acknowledge different influences in their lives. Drake openly states that he was affected by the divorce of his parents, and realized that he had to be supportive to his mother, whom he loves dearly. in fact, a European concert tour was cancelled in 2010, when his mother became ill.
Lil Wayne’s influences appear to be as diverse as his recordings. He claims his early influences are rappers U. N. L. V and Pimp Daddy, as well as the rock group Nirvana. He recently released a rock album with limited success.