Aubrey 'Drake' Graham first found fame playing a high school student on Canadian teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation. It's not the typical route to hip hop credibility, but as Drake he has been releasing mixtapes since 2006. After months of postponements, in June he finally released his debut album to an expectant audience of fans and haters, keen to see if he could make the grade after making his name at school.
On Thank Me Later, an album of languid beats and introspective lyrics, Drake proved himself up to the standards of the countless big-name guests making an appearance, including Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Young Jeezy, while impressing even the critics with his understated flow and eclectic reference points, from Boards of Canada to The xx. An official label release for buzz track 'Best I Ever Had' got thousands of you pressing play, with over 1.7 million scrobbles racked up so far.
Still, not one of the new album tracks could displace Drake's second most played song, the dark and menacing 'Forever', which features verses from Kanye West, Eminem and Lil Wayne and appeared on the soundtrack to basketball documentary More Than A Game.
Artist listening trend For the year (Oct ’09 — ’10)
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There were 4,121,290 Drake tracks scrobbled this year.
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4,054 people on Last.fm saw Drake in 2010, at 89 gigs, in 7 countries
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