He doesn’t talk about it much, but any one who watched Degressi: The Next Generation knows that Aubrey Graham is multitalented. The crew of the Canadian teen drama had the honor of filming First Take Drake for 145 episodes.
After leaving the show in 2007 to focus on his rap career, Drake has been in front of the camera here and there, appearing in productions like Beyond the Break, Instant Star, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Think Like a Man Too. Not to mention, his Saturday Night Live appearances have become low-key legendary.
He got a little experience behind the scenes with The Carter Effect which Drake alongside Maverick Carter and Adel Future Nur. “It’s probably the coolest thing I ever got to do. To freeze this moment in time and dress like I own the team. I think this picture says a lot,” Drake said at the film’s premiere. “This is the Carter Effect right here,” he said of the film that premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
High off of his filming experience with The Carter Effect, Drake has moved on to a bigger venture. The rapper has teamed up with Netflix to revive Top Boy.
Taking to It
The Carter Effect was only the start of Drake’s executive producing career.
Top Boy, a British crime drama series, portrays the lives of a group of people wrapped in drug dealing and street gangs. The show ran for two seasons then was canceled in 2013. However, after Drake watched the series on Youtube, he became enamored with it, sparking the conversation to get the show back in production.
“Drake’s passion for Top Boy was clear from the first conversation, and he really drove its resurrection,” Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland shared.
Drake the Producer
Alongside LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment company, Drake, Adel Nur, Maverick Carter, and Jamal Henderson will executive produce the show. Meanwhile, the original creative team will be reunited for Top Boy‘s 10-episode third season.
“I am delighted to be reunited once more with the Top Boy team—our wonderful cast and my partners at Cowboy Films—and to have Drake and SpringHill as new collaborators. And I could not be prouder to be doing the show with Netflix,” Ronan Bennett, the creator of the series, said.
The project is slated to premiere in 2019, and it all started — or restarted — because Drake said so. “That human element drew me in,” the Views rapper said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I started just looking them up. Like, who are these people? Are these actors I should know? Are they just famous over there? I remember I hit Future, and I was just like, ‘This show is incredible.'”
Hip-hop loves the big screen
Speaking of Netflix and hip-hop’s finest… Rapper and actor Will Smith is starring in Netflix’s newest movie Bright. The science fiction film will premiere in December of 2017. Bright‘s soundtrack will be released shortly before the film, and Atlantic Records really wasn’t playing around with it.
Bright‘s track-list not only features tons of hip-hop’s brightest but it also mixes them with artists of other genres. Migos is on a track with electronic dance music producer Marshmello. A$AP Rocky collaborated with Tom Morello, a heavy metal musician. D.R.A.M and country rock singer Neil Young got together on a song as well. (Surprisingly, and a little awkwardly, the soundtrack has no feature from Will Smith.)
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