It’s been ten years since Drake released his debut LP and since then, to quote his 2013 album, “nothing was the same” in the world of hip-hop. CBC Podcasts are documenting and dissecting the Toronto rapper’s rise to fame, influence on R&B and hip-hop and how those genres shaped him in an upcoming podcast called “This is not a Drake Podcast.”

The five-part series is hosted and co-produced by documentarian Ty Harper, with journalists Anupa Mistry and Del Cowie on board as co-producers, Dalton Higgins as contributing producer and Josh Bloch as showrunner. Episodes will dive into Drake’s evolution from an up-and-coming actor on Degrassi to one of the most successful rappers in the world, as well as R&B’s complex history.

“Drake is really the culmination of many moments, artists, songs – some heard and so many more unheard – who are all responsible for making hip-hop and Black music the dominant cultural force it is right now,” said Harper in a press release. “It’s amazing to be able to tell this story with the depth and nuance it deserves.”

The first episode of “This is not a Drake Podcast” launches on June 3 on CBC Podcasts, with subsequent episodes released weekly. You can listen here.


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