“T-O-R-O-N-T-O D-R-A-K-E that’s me, you know how the story goes”…

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Drake, Drizzy, Drake Drizzy Rogers, new version of The Fresh Prince and most importantly, Toronto’s very own.  By now, you know who this dude is, and if you don’t, we forgive you, living in a cave in Tora Bora isn’t easy.  Born Aubrey “Drake” Graham and raised in our fair city, he has made a name for himself in both the music industry and TV land.  You might remember him as “Jimmy Brooks” off of Degrassi: The Next Generation.  But in recent memory, it’s because he’s been blowing up everywhere since the release of his third mixtape So Far Gone.  Not since Kardie has a Toronto artist been this huge state-side, and it’s about time!  Having released his first mixtape Room For Improvement in 2006, Comeback Season in 2007, Heartbreak Drake in 2008 and his most successful to date (and as him stating that that is when he finally found his sound), So Far Gone, his buzz (if you can call it that) has been growing in leaps ever since.  Having performed and worked with the likes of Trey Songz, Usher, Bun B, Wale, Big Sean, Lil’ Wayne and most recently…and most anticipated, Jay-Z!  But, you would think with all that buzz, it would get to his head?  According to Drake during a recent Peter Rosenberg interview in New York, his crew that he’s chosen very carefully over the course of many years wouldn’t dare let him.

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I know we’re late on this, but hey, the blog didn’t start till now, the “hardly home but always reppin’” MC/singer/writer finally came home May 13, performing at the Sound Academy.  And let us tell you, we have never seen our city give so much love and support to one of our own.  That show was literally historic in nature for Toronto’s hip hop scene, not only because Toronto wasn’t actually screwing its face, but because never has such a Toronto-bred artist blow up this big in the industry, yet still reps Toronto hard.  As he put it, “Drizzy’s home”.  Check out the videos of his home-coming show:

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His much anticipated official debut album, Thank Me Later is slated to be released sometime before Christmas of 2009.  Thank Me Later, as he puts it during an interview with Complex’s blog:

“My album is not going to sound like So Far Gone. It’s a well-rounded body of work that again people will relate to what I’m saying, but the songs are made obviously to be sold to the public, so this was just my chance to think and write freely. It’s a solid hip hop album. I went left before most go left after my album comes out, so people will be like, Thank God, I thought he was about to do some weird shit. Some people go left after, when they feel more comfortable, but I feel comfortable with my talent.”

So, the next time you see him in videos performing in the US, or even his name being mentioned by people internationally…we should all feel a sense of pride for Toronto’s very own.  Hey, he reps our city like no other.  We, as a city need to finally embrace our own and rep him because, Toronto, we are definitely one of the best.

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