Drake thanks power of the internet
This article is from 2010.
'Miss Me' hitmaker Drake has thanked the power of the internet for making him a superstar rapper.
Drake has thanked the power of the internet for making him a megastar.
The 'Over' rapper said he's amazed how his meteoric rise has happened largely online, and reckons he's one of the first rappers in the world to do so.
He explained to internet site Global Grind:"Initially, I was this rapper with a little bit of buzz, the internet was taking over, and I didn't know the power of it at that point.
"There wasn't an artist that had been 100 per cent birthed from that outlet and I think to be discovered on MySpace, how I was found, and for it to somehow reach Lil Wayne's ears and for him to feel so confident about it and call me and to release a mixtape on the internet.
"Then, again, to have an album somehow go to number one [in the US] off a mixtape using the internet as a tool was all amazing because it was all a first."
Despite his praise for the internet exposing new artists, the rapper said he worries the internet is affecting the way people communicate and making people afraid to express themselves.
He said: "One thing that kills me about my generation is how everyone is afraid to express themselves because of certain people.
"It's become a very impersonal world because we all talk to each other without looking each other in the face or actually speaking on the phone so it's become very cruel. It's so easy to be cruel when you don't have to say it to someone."
Drake's album 'Thank Me Later' is out now.