Between mixtapes, Madonna and Meek Mill, Drake’s had an amazing year. Despite not releasing the much-anticipated Views From The 6, he managed to stay in the headlines on the daily. Though this post is titled “2015: The Year In Drake”, calling it “2015:The Year OF Drake” would also be appropriate. Take a look back at Drizzy’s year below.
We know that hindsight is 20/20, but even as early as November 2014, rumors about Drake dropping a mixtape early this year were already floating around. In January, the 6God was chilling, laying low, queuing up for the amazing year (that he didn’t know) he had ahead of him.
On February 12, Drake dropped a mixtape with no warning. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late took the Internet by storm. He also shared a 14-minute short film titled Jungle to accompany the mixtape’s steamy penultimate track of the same name.
Drake made Billboard history in March: He matched record for most simultaneous hits on the Hot 100 chart at one time, a title he shared with a little band called The Beatles. The record was 14 hits, which would later be broken by Justin Bieber. Drizzy also rocked a Canadian Tuxedo in March an looked amazing. This is almost as important as his Billboard record.
Drake headlines Coachella, obviously. Madonna comes out during the performance and kisses him, horrifying everyone, including Drake.
With the summer in full swing, Drake kicked off his Jungle tour accompanied by future mixtape collaborative, Future.
Continuing on his race to rule all of 2015 (and the world), Drake headlines Governors Ball in New York City. He also makes a surprise appearance at the MMVAs!
Drake reveals his banging summer bod in the form of an Instagram thirst trap. Fellow Canadian Justin Bieber comments “Damn daddy”. It was iconic.
July is also the month that Drizzy’s beef with Meek Mill garnered attention. Meek called out Drake for not writing his own raps in a series of tweets. Drake clapped back with his diss track Charged Up. Little did we know Charged Up was just a warm up for The Boy. After three days with no response, he dropped the devastating track Back To Back, which is now nominated for a Grammy. Most quotable line: “Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?” RIP Meek Mill.
Drake’s annual OVO festival took place over the first weekend of the month. The festival, in its sixth iteration, had Future, Pharrell, Travi$ Scott and Kanye West as surprise guests. Drake also performed Back To Back in front of a giant slideshow of Drake/Meek Mill memes, and it was all anyone could talk about.
He also dropped the hilarious video for Energy.
Drizzy surprised hoards of Ryerson fans at their frosh concert that Future headlined. Later in the month. they dropped their collaborative mixtape What A Time To Be Alive .
Hotline Bling, originally released in the summer before Back To Back rises in popularity. By this time of the year, the song is everywhere (read: the memes are everywhere). It’s Drake’s most successful single to date, and it almost went all the way to number one.
Incidentally, Adele’s comeback blocked Drake from his number one spot on the Billboard charts. But Adele has as much love for Drake as we do! She praised him in an interview with eTalk, saying she would love to do a remix of Hotline Bling. When asked about it, Drake hilariously replied saying he would do anything with Adele, “I’d literally go to Adele’s house right now and do laundry for her.”
Drake is nominated for four Grammys: Best Rap Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Performance (Truffle Butter and Back To Back)