February 4, 2013

Did you know that popular rapper Drake wasn’t born as an internationally famous rich celebrity? Much like the rest of us, he started from the bottom, grew up as a human being with his own series of family and relationship ups and downs, and then—and this is where his path differentiates from ours—through a mix of perseverance and talent, leveraged those experiences into a successful career.

You’ll hear the details of that path recounted in this new track he released over the weekend, “Started From The Bottom,” from his forthcoming album. The song is a bit more direct and less embellished, frills-wise, than a lot of his recent work, with Drake rapping over a looping atmospheric piano line and a rustling trap snare. “Fuck a fake friend where your real friends at?” he asks in that one singing voice he does. “Stories stay the same through the money and the fame.”

Do they, though?

The man himself explains a bit further, writing:

My good friends,

It has truly been too long. I assume you’re all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I’m excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn’t feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we’ve been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork…I think it’s safe to say we’re back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

“You don’t have to ask me how I’m doing…just listen to the music” – K.Samir

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