Canadian rapper Drake’s debut album has a message to the fans and critics: Don’t thank me now… Thank Me Later. The Toronto-born singer (and former ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ star) performs live from Los Angeles, and tells Soundcheck that his first full length is destined to become a slow-burning classic. Don't thank us - check out our exclusive performance and interview with Drake - and go pick up a copy of ‘Thank Me Later’ online and in Walmart stores nationwide!
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On Telling His Story:
“I always try and tell the stories of what’s going on around me. ‘So Far Gone’ was an incredible project. ‘Thank Me Later’ is just the next step. I treat my listeners like my friends. When I do make an album I use that opportunity to share my stories…”
On Making Original Music:
“I had to be very cautious by what I am inspired by and what I utilize. It was definitely a challenge for me to do all orginal material, to be completely honest with you. I’ve never done an entire disc of stuff that I wrote, [with] 40 producing. Top to bottom, no interludes, nothing could be taken from the music that we love. At the same time I didn’t make it too technical. I was blessed enough to be able to work with a lot of the people that do inspire me.”
On Lil Wayne:
“I have the greatest mentor in the world. I’ve got Lil Wayne! I can’t complain; I’m in a great position. I’m part of probably one of the greatest teams in hop hop history, I’d say!”
On Finding Happy:
“I think as the days go on I just get more and more comfortable in my own skin. It has nothing to do with the success or the money, I just mean the person that I am. I’m proud of it, the way I speak, where I’m from, where I live, who my friends are, the way my mother raised me, the way I interact with women, the way I interact with people in general... everything! I think as the days go on I’m just more and more happy to be me. I think that’s what’s supposed to happen in life; I think that’s what growing is. I’m alright, man. I’m on my way…”
On Memphis Love:
“I think I was greatly influenced by where my family lives, which is Memphis, Tennessee. There’s just a lot of soul in that city, man. There’s a lot of great music that’s come out of there. I remember going there as a kid, and it was like music heaven. It was my playground. Memphis was it. Memphis was the soul. Memphis was the groove.”
On Thanking Him Later:
“The title is more based on the pressure. The weight that everybody puts on this album. I feel that no matter what I do everybody has something negative to say about it. Yet with this album, I know it’s great. I’m very confident, and I just think it’s going to take a little time to digest. That’s why I say, 'Thank Me Later!'"
Did You Know?
• Drake is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor.
• He’s Canadian. Drake grew up in one of the most affluent areas of Toronto, Canada. His mother is Canadian, and his father is from Memphis, Tennessee.
• He began his career on 'Degrassi: The Next Generation.' Drake started on the show at age 14, playing the character “Jimmy.”
• He’s the prodigy of rapper Lil Wayne. Drake’s music career took off with a mix tape that Lil Wayne heard and liked. The rest is history.
• His new record, ‘Thank Me Later’ is in stores now! Pick up a copy of the record online and in Walmart stores nationwide.