Drake's Dad On His Memphis Roots (VIDEO)
Forget everything Canadian-related you know about Drake: the Degrassi thing, that Toronto strip club anthem, the sweater collection. In this gloriously TV news-ish segment out of Tennessee, everyone is at pains to prove Drake should be taken seriously even though he's from Canada, because he's also sort of from Tennessee! The stoic-faced newswoman goes deep into the story of baby Drake, as told by his Memphis-bred (Memphistophelan?) dad, Dennis Graham, a musician "in his own capacity" who once drummed for Jerry Lee Lewis. Papa Drake seems completely in awe of his son's sudden success, and says he encouraged Drake to not just rap, but use that "beautiful voice." For an interview out of the bad streets of Bluff City, it's all pretty heartwarming.