From Canadian television fame straight to hip-hop's rookie of the year, Drake has made quite an impact on the scene in the past year. From internet mixtapes, to tracks with Lil Wayne, and ultimately a spot with Young Money Entertainment, Drake took the fastlane to a career in hip-hop. Ultimately, this caused many to be skeptical of his talents/intentions, myself included.
Well, Aubrey Graham a.k.a. Drake lives up to expectations in his first full-length solo release. A well-paced and clever album, he lets Kanye-influenced production support his rhymes. There are some gems on this album, including a patient "Houstatlantavegas" and good version of Peter, Bjorn, and John's "Let's Call It Off", and the hot single "Best I Ever Had".
Drake will continue to grow as an artist hopefully bringing a more fluid delivery of his verses and lines that dive deeper into his potential as a rapper. Since Jay-Z declared the death of autotune (check the new video for the track here), could this be the obituary; Drake's use of the production tool is tasteful and mature. As he grows as an artist, this will be a solid foundation.