Making the transition from a Canadian teen idol to one of American rap's most legit performers appeared to be a seamless process for Drake. After staring on the Canadian teen drama, "Degrassi", Drake made a huge leap into the rap world when he was signed to Lil Wayne's Cash Money record label. Drake has emerged as hip-hop's savior and biggest act; Drake concert dates are currently scheduled internationally in support of his debut album.
The Canadian entertainer began his career in 2001 with a role on the Canadian drama "Degrassi: The Next Generation". His stint on the show lasted until 2009 and by then, Drake was well on his way to rap superstardom. By 2006, Drake was already making a name for himself when he self-released his mixture "Room for Improvement", which was produced with DJ Smallz. The tape featured guest spots with Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco, and he even got Pharrell Williams to produce a track. He quickly garnered the attention of rap mogul Lil Wayne, who invited Drake to tour with him and collaborate on new material.
By early 2009, Drake had become an overnight celebrity when his tracks blew up on the radio. Solo singles, Young Money singles, and featured singles, Drake's signature voice has been unavoidable on radio over the past two years. As a solo artist he has charted six top #2 rap singles, two top #2 collabo singles, and nine top #2 R&B/rap singles as a featured artist, all since 2009. With all the buzz surrounding his name, Drake quickly released an EP, "So Far Gone", which featured the smash single "Best I Ever Had". The EP became the fifth best selling rap album of 2009 and generated huge anticipation for a full-length debut. Drake's concert schedule also had the rapper touring the nation on "America's Most Wanted" tour which featured Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and other members of the Young Money crew.
Drake suddenly became Rap music's most prolific and in-demand rapper. His 2010 debut album, "Thank Me Later", was finally released in June and featured the lead single "Over". The album sold nearly half a million copies in its maiden week becoming one of the biggest releases of the year. Drake tour dates were scheduled on the "Lights Dreams and Nightmares Tour" during September in support of his debut. The tour wrapped in late 2010 and Drake has been in the studio working on his sophomore release, "Take Care", ever since.
Drake emerged as an overnight rapping sensation, changing-up the game and re-writing the record books. While we wait in anticipation for his sophomore album, you can get your Drake fix as he is featured on an upcoming single by R&B singer Tank. Drake concert dates are periodically scheduled throughout 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Drake tour dates and concert schedule information as it becomes available.
Miguel Jontel Pimentel was born in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. He is one of two sons born to a Mexican father and an African american mother. Miguel's parents divorced when he was eight years old. At a young age, Miguel listened to classic rock, hip hop, funk and rhythm and blues. At age 13, he began pursuing a career in music.
Miguel cites musicians Prince, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Phil Collins, Donny Hathaway, The Notorious B.I.G. and Kanye West, as well as the band Queen as his influences, in addition to expressing his admiration for Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Diane Warren. Miguel revealed his desire to have worked with James Brown, whom he considers the "last innovator for me when it comes to soul". In addition to singing, Miguel also plays the guitar. He incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic into his music. Miguel described his sound as "nostalgic in a sense that it's familiar... it's shocking, edgy, energizing". In an interview with Paper magazine, he regarded his music as "fly, funkadelic" and "intergalactic-hip-hop-meets-sexy-orgasmic crazy."
After making his contribution to Usher's Raymond v. Raymond in 2010, Miguel released his debut single titled "All I Want Is You", which features J. Cole and was produced by Salaam Remi. It is the lead single from his debut album of the same title.