For the last week, the world has anxiously awaited for the numbers that would measure if Young Money/Universal artist Drake was able to live up to all the hype. Well, the results are in: Drake’s debut album “Thank Me Later” sold 462,989 copies in its first week. Even though the album had been leaked a few weeks before its official release date, his fans still supported him and his work. If you’re following me on Twitter, you saw me give Drake a big #shoutout last week:
SarahViVan #DrizzyDrakeDay!! On my way to go get my copy... Thank Me Later!!!
11:22 AM Jun 15th via UberTwitter
I spent the better half of the day encouraging my tweethearts to go buy his album. Apparently, however, my enthusiasm offended someone, and I was told I needed to “stay in my lane.” Of course, some could say I’m bias, but whether that is the case or not, Drizzy’s affiliation with Young Money has little to do with my appreciation of his artistry. To put it simply, I’m a fan of Drake. I believe in his music, or should I say art. Music is said to be the voice of our souls. Art is the canvas for our lives. Well, I hope I’m in my lane when I say, “Thank Me Later” cleverly showcases both of these elements.
I recently heard someone wise tell Drake, “You don’t have just one lane that you have to stay in... You’re the whole f*cking highway!” Drake is so diverse in his music the audience never knows what he’s going to do next, but that’s okay because he’s not being confined by a certain lane he must stick with. People, like Drake, who are brave enough to walk their own path and not worry about what fixed lanes have come before them, are inspirational to me. He doesn’t rap or sing about anything outside of himself, and he’s not afraid to keep his lyrics real and personal, putting his life out there for possible scrutiny.