Using only his middle name on the stage, Drake has become one of the biggest rappers ever produced by Canada. Originally he became known as Jimmy Brooks on the television’s Degrassi: The Next Generation. Now he is one of the premiere wordsmiths in rap music. At the end of 2011 he released his sophomore album. On the 17 tracks of the album (it does run a little on the long side as there are none of the usual fillers here) he has a huge array of guests including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Andre 3000, Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne and fellow Canadian Chantal Kreviazuk. Compared to his debut release this is night and day in regards to maturity. He is certainly coming into his own as an artist. Unlike other rappers he is willing to let us see who he is. There are vulnerable, uncertain moments here. Lets us see that he is unsure about his celebrity and even though he is a big star he still hasn’t figured out the fairer of the sexes. He alternates between rapping and singing. Though calling it singing is generous as he uses plenty of auto tune. No matter. Not really a detraction or distraction. What is cool is that in many ways he has put himself on the line. Making the record he wants and damned the consequences!
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