Review: Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’

Review: Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’: Aidin Vaziri | Drake is an unlikely rap star. He’s from Toronto, hardly a hotbed of hip-hop. He used to be on the square teen show “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (billed as Aubrey Graham). He doesn’t even wear a bulletproof vest to the grocery store. But since leaving acting two years ago for the mix-tape circuit, the 23-year-old has become such a major contender that Jay-Z and Lil Wayne have cameos on his first proper album, “Thank Me Later” – and promptly get shuttled to the side by Drake’s spitfire verses. The rapper coaxes an “Empire State of Mind”-caliber performance from Alicia Keys on the disc’s lush opener, “Fireworks,” and Kanye West provides him with the song-of-the-summer candidate “Find Your Love.”

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