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The Many Faces of Drake

On his 34th birthday, we pay tribute to the Canadian Chameleon.

Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986.

He found fame at a young age as one of the stars of the hit Canadian teen drama Degrassi. After his tenure playing Jimmy Brooks, he would transition from the screen to the booth, pursuing a full-time career as a musician.

Drake released a few mixtapes that were received well by fans and blogs, but it was the mixtape "So Far Gone" in February 2009 that would change his life and the course of music forever.

Since then, Drake would continue to shatter Billboard records, helping establish a sound that has since become the standard in Hip-Hop and has even transcended the genre itself. The keys to Drake's success are his talent, relentless work ethic, and his versatility as an artist.

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20 Years of "Hybrid Theory": How Linkin Park's Hard Work Paid Off

Great chemistry, a comprehensive knowledge of music, and a stroke of luck all made one of history's best-selling debuts possible.

On this day 20 years ago, Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory.

The SoCal rock band—then comprised of rapper Mike Shinoda, guitarist/bassist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn, drummer Rob Bourdon, and singer Chester Bennington—were swiftly swept into the nu-metal category, although even that vague label proved to be a bit limiting. Although the meteoric success of Hybrid Theory brought attention to similar artists like Papa Roach and Staind, Linkin Park have maintained a singular legacy among their peers, with their debut remaining their best piece of work.

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The Battle Series ​Verzuz ​Is Slowly Losing Its Appeal

Lack of star power and corporate backing is causing the show to lose steam.

With the entire world stuck at home sheltering in place, musicians have had to resort to entertaining fans (and themselves) virtually.

While some entertained the weary masses in the form of TikTok videos and Instagram challenges, others went as far as performing concerts and DJ sets from the comfort of their homes. But it would be the platform created by super producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland that would become the frontrunner in quarantine entertainment.

On March 24, Verzuz was born as a showdown between accomplished artists, songwriters, and producers playing their most popular songs against each other in the spirit of friendly competition. Instagram Live would act as the battleground for the clash of musical titans. Swizz and Timbaland would not only serve as the masterminds of the series but its inaugural battle participants.


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