Last night, Drake performed for a sold out, star-studded crowd at New York City venue SOB’s. Before the show, the Young Money affiliated rapper talked about his breakthrough single, “Best I Ever Had” and the pressure he feels when performing in front of rap greats.
Drake admits that performing for stars like Kanye West and Talib Kweli can be intimidating.
“It’s beyond a little crazy but the key is to keep my composure and just know that at the end of the day these are all human beings and they are all here for a positive reason just to see a good show and it’s on me to give it to them. And if I don’t, then I’m the worst artist of all time.” (Peter Rosenberg’s YouTube)
Plenty of music industry insiders came out to see the Toronto native last night.
The still unsigned – although probably not for long – artist powered through selections in front of an audience that featured heavyweights like Kanye West, Bun B, Talib Kweli, Ryan Leslie, Eminem tour DJ/producer Alchemist and executives from multiple record companies. (MTV)
Drake has had recent success with “Best I Ever Had” the breakout single from his latest mixtape, So Far Gone
“As far as ‘Best I Ever Had’ goes, I actually never chose that record to be the single. The people decided that this is the record that we all find the catchiest and radio embraced it right away. I think the whole rise of me and the mixtape is potent because it was organic. The people decided. They got to dictate how it was going to go. It’s always nice when fans can discover and artist and feel like, ‘That’s my artist that I found.'” (Rap Radar)
Before finding success as a rapper, Drake gained fame as an actor.
Long before his musical career took off, Drake was already making a name for himself as an actor, most notably playing the physically disabled student Jimmy Brooks on the hit show, Degrassi: The Next Generation (The N). As a rapper, he quickly became a hot commodity after his third mixtape, So Far Gone, sparked a bidding war in early 2009. Although he is affiliated with Young Money Entertainment, he is not signed to Lil Wayne’s imprint. (Vibe)