One skeleton from Drake’s past that he probably would have preferred stayed buried surfaced over the weekend — and it’s blowing people’s minds. On Sunday (Sept. 8), internet sleuths over at Reddit’s hip-hop forum (r/hiphopheads) unearthed what appears to be quite the vintage Drizzy performance. Somehow, they found some old covers Drake did for The Superstarz Kids.
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ICYMI: The Superstarz Kids are essentially the hip-hop version of Kidz Bop and release kid-friendly covers of iconic hip-hop songs. It’s not clear if the 6 God simply guested on the songs or was a member of the group. The group started in 2006 and still appears to be active.
Although his name isn’t listed in the credits, fans are convinced it is Drake as it’s his unmistakable voice featured on the tracks.
You can hear him rapping on three songs included on the 2013 14-track Hip Hop Dance Mix compilation; Lupe Fiasco’s Grammy-nominated track, “Kick, Push,” Bow Wow’s Fabolous-assisted “Basketball” and Run-DMC’s 1983 classic “It’s Like That.”
A few fans weren’t quite as quick to believe it, since the album appeared to come out around 2013 when Drake was already an established name in rap circles.
“So I looked up this album and every service it's on says it's from 2013. Did Superstarz Kids just have old Drake vocals laying around?” one person commented on the hip-hop forum. “Is the album just a compilation of songs they've done in the past? Or is it possible the rapper we think is Drake is really just someone who [sounds] like Drake?”
Fans did some more digging and found an Amazon posting that dates the tracklist back to 2010 at the earliest. Going by that timeline, Drake possibly did the covers around the same time when he released his first mixtape, Room for Improvement.
Coincidentally, his EP has a remix of “Kick, Push” on it as well. Most streaming platforms list the release date as 2013, which would have been the same year he released Nothing Was the Same.
Even more surprisingly, the tracks are up and available on multiple streaming platforms. Whatever the case, it has fans on a trip down memory lane to the early days of Drizzy’s career. Either way, you can’t knock Drizzy’s hustle.
You can stream all three tracks below via Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or YouTube. Take a listen to them yourself below.
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