Music Superstar Drake Has Memphis Ties

Music Superstar Drake Has Memphis Ties

Nothing Was the Same- it's not lyrics to a Streisand classic, but the title to rap superstar Drake's latest album.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)– “Nothing Was the Same.” No, it's not the lyrics to a Barbara Streisand classic, but the title to rap superstar Drake’s latest album.

The man at the top of the charts has ties to the Bluff City. He splits time between his mother’s native Canada and his father’s home in Memphis.

Drake’s given name is Aubrey Drake Graham, and he comes by his talent naturally with uncles like Sly, from Sly and the Family Stone, and Larry Graham of Graham Central Station.

Past may be prologue, but the present and future belong to Drake.

“I got my eyes on you,” the lyrics in one of the songs on Drake’s new album say.

What rap star Drake really has his eyes on is the top selling album in the country.

“He went number one today,” father Dennis Graham said.

Dennis is an accomplished Memphis drummer as well as Drake's father.

“It’s wonderful,” Graham said. “There’s no feeling like it in the world.”

Boo Mitchell is Drake’s cousin and an accomplished producer who’s recorded with the likes of John Mayer, Rod Stewart and Elton John.

Drake’s success is not a surprise to him.

“I mean, he’s changed rap music,” said Mitchell. “His stuff is melodic. It’s clever.”

Everyone loves him worldwide,” said Graham. “It’s wonderful.”

That includes the Memphis Grizzlies.

“I always listen to Kanye West and Drake,” said Grizzlies wingman Quincy Pondexter.

“It’s a little R&Bish,” said Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley. “But it’s still nice.”

Drake’s star qualities were obvious at an early age.

“I knew he was going to go in either the acting field or music,” Graham told localmemphis.com. 

Despite the lofty heights of number one, Drake hasn’t changed.

“He completely doesn’t have an ego,” said Mitchell. “He’s all about his family.”

“He loves his family.” agreed Graham.

And he loves innovation.

“Every five or ten years somebody comes along,” Mitchell said. “In the rap genre particularly, and changes everything.”

Drake’s making those changes while still maintaining his roots.

“Drake and I are going to re-record number six on his number one album,” Graham said. “It’s called Worst Behavior. It’s overwhelming, it’s really overwhelming.”

What about the rumors Drake will make a visit to Memphis next week? Family members would neither confirm nor deny.

All they would say is Drake really loves BBQ.

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