Drake’s Rise to Fame: An Overview of Drake’s “Fear”

drake-fear-track-11Group Members: Phoebe, Meagan, Katie, Daniel, and Alex

Aubrey Drake Graham, also known as Drake, is a Canadian recording artist, rapper, and songwriter. Drake quickly rose to fame when one of his songs “Best I Ever Had” became a hit single around the world. As we uncovered more about Drake, we discovered that he had been doing music way before the rise of his fame. “Fear” was one of his old songs we came across that captured our attention. This song was written by Drake, produced by DJ Khalil and released in 2009.Through research, we found out that this song was written during the hardest time of his life. The song is based upon Drake’s fear of fame and how this fame changed his life. It also emphasizes the coming fear- or the fear of his future fame. The lyrics all throughout the song is an explanation of Drake’s thoughts and desperate pleas. He suffers from all the false lies people have about him and although peoples’ opinions about him might have changed, his did not. One important aspect of this song is that it was not meant to become a record hit, but Drake meant this song to be personal. It was a humble song to put out into the music industry and that is the reason behind why our group picked this song. For more information about the whole history and overview of “Fear”, click here to listen to our podcast.

How we came across our research about Drake in our podcast was through an online autobiography on Drake. Our lyric analysis was reinforced by Rapgenius.com. Likewise, our research was also provided by Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar’s book Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap. This was a great source because it showed us the origins of rap music and its culture. As for our analysis and back story of “Fear” it was through Drake’s interview with Shockhound and a contribution by Songfacts.com. Drake said it took approximately eight months for him to write this song because he felt he did not have the experience to “do the music justice”. Once the song was complete, it accurately depicted Drake’s feelings on being in the industry.

Citation for Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap

Ogbar, Jeffrey O.G. Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2007. Print.




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