Aubrey Graham aka Drake is a man of many styles and flavors. Before he broke into the hip-hop world we first seen the Canadian native on MTV & TeenNick where he would play Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Shortly after his departure from the show he would release his first mixtape Room For Improvement. Though, his call to stardom in the rap game would be his 17-track mixtape titled So Far Gone which was released before signing to Wayne’s Young Money imprint.
Let’s jump to the chase. We’ve seen Drake throughout his career “embrace” many cultures and styles.
Let’s start with November 18th that was released on Drake’s 2009 So Far Gone project which was obviously Houston influenced. Drake would sample DJ Screw’s classic chopped & screwed June 27 freestyle listen below:
This would just be the first of many tracks with Drake “embracing” a culture other than his birth place of Toronto. Borrowing styles of the Bay Area & Mac Dre for a 2011 release The Motto:
Hijacking D.R.A.M.’s Caribbean inspired Cha Cha single for Hotline Bling:
Now, lets talk about features or what popular Youtuber DJ Akademiks call Drake StimulusPackages. Whenever a song is scorching hot Drake takes it upon himself to jump on bandwagon and insist on a remix including himself. We’ve most recently heard rumors of Drake supposedly jumping on rising Atlanta star SahBabii’s Pull Up With A Stick, which is a song talking about gun culture, I mean what does Drake know about “sticks” but that’s neither here nor there. Check out a couple of waves Drake has ridden below:
Yesterday Drake released his latest studio album More Life: A Playlist By October Firm which starts off with the track Free Smoke. The term “Free Smoke” is popular slang used on the streets of Chicago which means anybody can get it (in layman’s terms). On More Life we get to hear a blend of hip-hop, dancehall, grime, pop, & trap all blended into one project. All of this leaves us to ask the question would you consider Drake a man of many styles or a culture vulture?