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Published:November 13th, 2009 15:18 EST
SOP's Battle of the Bands Featuring Drake with "Scriptures"

SOP's Battle of the Bands Featuring Drake with "Scriptures"

By SOP newswire2

Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Toronto, Ontario, native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) stepped out as a rapper and singer with major pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes.

A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track "Replacement Girl," featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET`s 106 & Park program as its "Joint of the Day." He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry.

It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, "Best I Ever Had," a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard`s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide


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