Drake Wins Best Rap Album for Take Care at 2013 Grammy Awards – Today in Hip-Hop
XXL celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with this moment:
Before his Grammy win, Drizzy was in the rap game professionally for four years, garnering accolades for his refreshing R&B-influenced style and giving us hit singles like "Best I Ever Had" and "Over." Well, his hard work paid off. The 6 God finally snagged a golden gramophone for his sophomore studio release, taking home the award for Best Rap Album at the 55th annual awards show.
Take Care was a soul-bearing, cohesive album that showed Drake's emotional side more than any other body of work up to that point. Fueled by the singles "Marvin's Room," and "Take Care," as well as certified bangers like "The Motto" and "HYFR," Drake's 19-track sophomore LP debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart during the week of Dec. 3, 2011. The album sold 631,000 units in its first week of release and is certified six times platinum (six million sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
On his winning night, Drake ended up beating out Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. Pt. 1, Nas' Life Is Good, The Roots' Undun, Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don't and 2 Chainz's Based on a T.R.U. Story — all widely acclaimed projects from some of hip-hop's biggest stars.
All and all, Drake is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest names the entertainment industry has ever seen.