‘I bring a brand of hip pop that is extremely vulnerable and I think that has become my sound,’ said Drake. ‘I think when someone delves deep into their life people are always saying he be rapping on some Drake sh*t.’
Drake’s debut studio album,Thank Me Later, sold 447,000 records in its first week, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (also topping the Canadian charts) and garnering the most records sold for any hip hop artist in one week in 2010. It eventually went platinum.
Thank Me Later and his mixtape turned EP So Far Gone gave him several Grammy’s and two Juno Awards for Best New Artist and Rap Recording of the Year. ‘I feel like I hear it more and more, ‘that’s some Drake sound.’That lets me know I’m doing something right,’ he finished.
Drake is currently on his Light Dreams and Nightmares tour which is his most expansive tour to date. His set lasts an hour and forty-five minutes and it draws some inspiration from Jimi Hendrix: ‘aesthetically just his whole branding has been influential to the tour I put together.’
Drake, continued ‘i’m always moved by his music. It’s impossible to duplicate, so I admire it , and there are elements that I can take away from it as oppose to letting it channel into my own [music.] ‘
Once he finishes up touring in early November he plans on dropping one or two more songs, possibly off of his planned R&B mixtape, It’s Never Enough, or something for his sophomore album loosely titled Memories.
It’s Never Enough has been put on hold but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because Drake is moving his focus back onto rapping. ’40’s beats, as melodic or R&B driven as they are, just have that right pocket that I want to spit,’ he told MTV.
Drake admits to being easily distracted when it comes to writing new material: ‘I was one of those kids that everyone thought had ADD. Writing songs is difficult for me when there are a bunch of people around. As long as I have a room to think in, i’ll be alright.’
Life is Drake’s simple inspiration for writing and his desire to create music comes from that fact that he knows people have a desire to hear where he’s coming from.
‘We’re just waiting for Wayne to get back home so we can start working together,’ he told Global Grind about working on the new material for his second album.
The first thing he plans on saying to Wayne when he gets out of jail:
‘Lets go to the studio.’