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Music Monday: Draketoberfest

October 24 is a monumental day in history for many reasons. In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia was signed, ending the Thirty Years’ War. In 1911, Orville Wright flew for the first time in Kitty Hawk. In 1929, Black Thursday rocked the United States stock market as the Great Depression began. In 1945, the United Nations was founded.

None of those events, however, can match what happened in 1986. On that day, Aubrey Drake Graham was born, and the world would never be the same.

First bursting onto the scene as Jimmy Brooks in Degrassi: The Next Generation, Aubrey did what he had to do to pay the bills. Growing up a child of divorce and seeing his father arrested and incarcerated, he put his efforts as a talented on-stage performer towards being a rapper, and when his collaborative effort with producers Noah “40” Shebib and Matthew “Boi 1-da” Samuels (as well as Kanye West) titled So Far Gone dropped in February of 2009, his life would change forever.

Since then, Drake has launched October’s Very Own into a budding empire, upped his net worth to $45 million, had more Billboard hits than the Beatles, worn a bedazzled burglar’s mask in a music video, and put YOLO into America’s lexicon.

Anyway, this week is Drake’s birthday, and we’re celebrating Music Monday with an all-Drake playlist, aptly named Draketoberfest. For more information on why Drake is the best, consult Shea Serrano’s brilliant “Drake, Counted”. Here is your Music Monday:

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About the Author

Noel Purcell

Noel Purcell is Onward State's Features Editor. He's a senior Supply Chain major, but is going to law school at some point in the future and masquerades as a writer for now. He continues to disappoint his ancestors by being a complete Irish stereotype. His email is [email protected] because there were no other Noels before him. His ex-wife got the good half of his bio in the divorce settlement.


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