XXL celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with this moment:
Before his Grammy win, Drizzy was in the rap game professionally for four years, garnering accolades for his refreshing R&B-influenced style and delivering hit singles like “Best I Ever Had” and “Over.” Well, his hard work paid off. The 6 God finally snagged a golden gramophone for his sophomore studio release, taking home the award for Best Rap Album at the 55th annual awards show.
Take Care is a soul-bearing, cohesive album that shows Drake‘s emotional side more than any of his other works up to that point. Fueled by the singles “Marvin’s Room” and “Take Care,” as well as certified bangers like “The Motto” and “HYFR,” Drake’s 19-track sophomore LP debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart during the week of Dec. 3, 2011. The album sold 631,000 units in its first week of release and is certified six-times platinum (6 million sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
On his winning night, Drake ended up beating out Lupe Fiasco‘s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. Pt. 1, Nas‘ Life Is Good, The Roots‘ Undun, Rick Ross‘ God Forgives, I Don’t and 2 Chainz‘s Based on a T.R.U. Story — all widely acclaimed projects from some of hip-hop’s biggest stars.
He’s undoubtedly one of the biggest names the entertainment industry has ever seen.