By: Scott Roth

Drake, the so-called Lil Wayne protégé fell onstage last Friday while performing on tour in Camden, New Jersey. The fall was so bad that it landed him in the hospital and needs surgery on a torn ligament.

Drake was performing on the “America’s Most Wanted” tour which is headlined by Lil Wayne and features Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell’em, Jeremih, Pleasure P and the Young Money family. When the tour made its way to Nikon Theater in New York on Saturday night, Wayne announced that Drake would not be performing. He told the crowd “I must let you know, we had a technical difficulty yesterday, the n—a fell.” Tour organizers have not released an official statement on Drake’s status, but he did Tweet “All is well … On the bus laying down … Getting surgery this week but I’m walking.” From all of us at Campus Socialite, feel better Drizzy!

So you’ve heard a song or two from this new rapper, but don’t know much about him. Let’s change that.

Aubrey Drake Graham is a 22 year old actor and rapper from Toronto, Canada. In 2001 he began his acting career on the show Degrassi. He began his musical career in 2006 releasing a mixtape entitled Room For Improvement. His buzz began to spread enabling him to get attention from artists such as Kanye West, Jay-z, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, and Jamie Foxx just to name a few. With songs such as “Best I Ever Had” receiving number 1 positioning on the charts, we have no choice but to anxiously await Thank Me Later, an album scheduled to be released late in 2009.

Something that makes Drake so different from other rappers out there is that he is comfortable with himself. He is not trying to be something he is not, which is refreshing for hip hop these days. You will probably never see another rapper sipping tea in an interview. Unlike rapper Asher Roth, Drake has no problem identifying as Jewish and has even shared moments from his bar mitzvah. In an interview with Peter Rosenberg he goes on to say that he read his portion, had his bar mitzvah at a “very nice” Italian restaurant and the song of the night was Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”. Unlike the Backstreet Boys, I think we’ll be listening to music by Drake for a long time, at least I want it that way.

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