Picture this. It’s 10 years ago, around 2005. Drake is only 19 years old. He’s filming his hit TV show Degrassi, creating his own music, AND on the side, is working as a songwriter for Dr. Dre. At least, that’s what a new book is claiming.
According to John Seabrook’s The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, Seabrook states that Drake was working for Dre in L.A. for Death Row Records. Which, initially, didn’t add up since Dre left Death Row in 1996 and that would mean Drake was only 10 and writing for the mega label.
So DJ Booth reached out to Seabrook to clarify. Seabrook responded, stating that Drake reportedly told him he and production/songwriting partner Noah “40” Shebib moved out to L.A. when he was around 19 (aka in 2005), to work for Dre under Aftermath Records, NOT Death Row.
Seabrook claims that Drake told him how daunting the work at the time was, stating, “It was some of the most strenuous militant shit I’ve ever done. But no useable songs came out of it…When I think of how he worked us, it’s no wonder he didn’t get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long.”
It seems crazy to think of, but as Complex points out, Drake did kind of warn us about it in his and Wayne’s 2009 song “Ransom,” where Wayne raps “And me and Drizzy both wrote on Detox.” So I guess we should’ve listened to him a long time ago.
Regardless, pick up Seabrook’s book here, and read for yourself.
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