Aubrey Drake Graham is having the best year, ever.
Not only did his debut album, Thank Me Later, shoot straight to the top of the charts, but his takeover of urban radio hasn’t stopped since he first burst on the scene with 2009’s summer banger, “Best I Ever Had.” Now, the actor-turned-rapper can add another title to his already full list, GQ Man of the Year.
It seems like more than just the streets (and tweets) have been paying attention to Drake’s meteoric rise. Along with vets like actors Jeff Bridges and James Franco, comedian Stephen Colbert and Woman of the Year awardee, Scarlet Johansson, Drake’s taken home GQ’s coveted “Breakout of the Year” award.
Although it’s an honor to be listed among Hollywood’s elite, this isn’t Drake’s first at the party. Last year, he, along with rappers Wale and Kid Cudi, were named “Gangsta Killers of the Year” for their music’s anti-tough-guy raps.
Drake, who’s been compared to Kanye West because of his less aggressive, more introspective style of rap, rose to fame due to his ability to hustle. Drizzy went from releasing music and mixtapes via his MySpace page, to being signed to a major record label in less than three years. Apparently, GQ recognized his hustle and crowned him one to watch.
The awardees were honored last night at GQ’s Men of the Year celebration, held at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.