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Drake’s musical diversity solidifies place in history

My obsession with Drake began when I was a child. I think my older millennial brother being a Drake stan had a huge impact on my music taste as I grew up over the years, and ever since I was little, I’ve consistently loved every project Drake has made.

The first time my brother played Drake for me, it was the song “November 18th” from his album So Far Gone. This was one of my brother’s and my favorite songs from Drake. My brother grew up in Houston, and in the song Drake samples DJ Screw’s (a Houston legend) voice for the vocals, and the song uses the chopped and screwed technique.

I truly believe he is the best artist of our generation, and that can be backed up statistically. After all, Drake did get Artist of The Decade in 2021. In addition, he has also earned many other accolades over the years

In 2015, he had two projects reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (What a Time to Be Alive & If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late), the last time someone was able to accomplish having 2 albums reach that goal in the same year was in 2004.

In 2016, he was the first male solo artist to have an album (Views) spend 13 consecutive weeks at No.1. Views is also in my top three albums by him. The flow throughout the album was amazing, and he had features from my favorite artists such as Partynextdoor, Future, and Rihanna.

In 2017, his album More Life became the highest streamed album in 24 hours on Apple Music and Spotify.

I could expand on all the records he has broken the past decade, but then this article would be a million pages long.

Not to be dramatic or anything, but Drake’s music has seriously taken me out of my darkest lane (lol he has an album Dark Lane Demo Tapes).

Back to my obsession with Drake, I actually have a drawer filled with Drake shirts, stickers of me and him, certified birthday girl cards, and other merchandise. These were all gifts my wonderful family members got me, but my favorite gift was tickets to see him perform in 2 different cities.

I actually got to see him on his opening day in June for the It’s All A Blur Tour in Chicago. Although the atmosphere in the arena wasn’t the best, I loved the entire performance. I guess Chicagoans don’t love the 6God (A name he was given, because he is a legend in Toronto, which is also known as “the 6”) as much as Texans do.

The next time I saw him was his first show in Houston, now that was unbelievable. The arena was filled with true Drake fans like myself, and it was just amazing. I cried at least 10 times during the show, I couldn’t believe I was in the same arena with him hearing his voice live. He showed so much love at the Houston show, he even gave out Chanel bags. Like who do you know is doing that?

I hope to cross paths with Drake again soon, especially since he just bought a ranch not too far from Bryan. Until next time, writing this from Texas with love.

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