Singer Drake holds the award he won for "Best Hip Hop Video" backstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Danny Moloshok )
Young Money hip hop artist Drake couldn't wait to release his latest single from his upcoming album. On Friday, the Canadian rapper premiered "Started From The Bottom" on his blog Octobers Very Own rather than waiting until the night of the Grammy Awards on February 10 as he originally planned.
According to Drake, "it felt right" to share his new track directly with fans through his website without any added press or publicity, writes the "Take Care" lyricist in a message on his blog. He also clarified criticism that he did not "buy" his way into the hip hop industry after breaking into entertainment through his acting role on the Canadian TV show "Degrassi: The Next Generation." He wrote, " I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I'm excited for this song to find a place in your life as well."
Check out Drake's "Started From The Bottom" and his message to his fans below.
"It has truly been too long. I assume you're all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don't have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn't consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I'm excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn't feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we've been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork...I think it's safe to say we're back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon."