Music News

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 30: Drake speaks onstage during Drake's Till Death Do Us Part rap battle on October 30, 2021 in Long Beach, California.

Drake’s former bodyguard recently opened up about working for the OVO boss. “I thought I had work ethic, and I do,” Mike Van Wyck said in an interview with the Money Buys Happiness podcast.

“I guess if you ask people about me, I do work hard, I don’t really take days off and kind of just grind all the time. But, to see a guy at that level — watch them go out night after night — especially on tours and perform, it’s robotic. In a very positive way. Not in a negative way.”

Wyck worked with the Her Loss rapper for six years and besides having a tremendous work ethic, he said that the rapper’s consistency is unparalleled.

“It’s ingrained, this showmanship,” he said. “This person, the person [he] becomes on stage and how they perform from show to show — you could probably run the shows overlapping each other and it would look the same. There is that much consistency to it and you’d figure like someone that’s doing that kind of work would have a night off.”

“I’m watching this person do this every night and to see the looks on these faces and to understand that level of work ethic and that level of consistency is pretty wild to see, in person.”

It’s safe to say that his work ethic and talent have paid off. Twelve of his studio albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and last year he broke the Beatles’ record for the most top five Billboard Hot 100 hits.

His last album was a collab project with 21 Savage titled Her Loss. Drake has the third most No. 1 albums trailing behind Jay-Z with 14 (the most of any solo artist) and the Beatles with 19.

Drake doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon either. After seemingly confirming a tour with 21 Savage this summer, the Canadian rapper also teased the possibility of another LP for 2023. “I hope I can strike up more emotions for you,” Drake said at his Apollo theater concert last weekend. “Maybe this year, I might get bored and make another one, who knows.”

Hip-Hop and R&B Artists That Might Drop In 2023