Drake’s Father Talks About the Rapper’s Memphis Roots

Music

Vibe / November 16, 2011

On the day before Drake’s sophomore release Take Care, Drake’s father Dennis Graham sat down with Memphis’ Fox News to talk about his son’s influences in music and how the city of Memphis help shaped his soulful side.

“I used to hold him in my office, while I played the piano,” Graham said. “So this is how it got started.”

Graham is also a musician in his own right, a former drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis, and now shows nothing but support for his son’s success. Bluff City’s roots provided diversity for Drake, he said, developing his metaphors to where every fan is familiar with its clever and witty capacity.

By pushing Drake to be innovative and to use his “beautiful voice” – the rapper began getting comfortable with singing on records. Graham is still in awe of his son’s achievements.

“My god, I look at him and think, ‘Oh my god,’ this kid’s got it,” he said. “Drake, you’ve done it man.” –Eric Diep