It’s no secret that Drake had a career before hip-hop as an actor on Degrassi: The Next Generation, but he may have had an even stranger side hustle. In The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory, author John Seabrook alleges that the superstar worked at Death Row Records, the record label home to 2Pac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and infamous honcho Suge Knight.
“At Death Row Records, Dre’s hip-hop hit factory in L.A., dozens of young beat makers and topliners put in long hours. The Canadian rapper Drake worked there for a while, before he was famous,” shares Genius from the book. Drake told Seabrook about working with Death Row’s songwriter camps: “It was some of the most strenuous militant shit I’ve ever done. But no useable songs came out of it. When I think of how he worked us, it’s no wonder he didn’t get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long.”
It’s unclear when Drake did his Death Row stint. By 1996, Dre left the label and 2Pac was murdered shortly thereafter, so it’s impossible that Drake—who was only 10 at the time--was fetching coffee or running errands for either of them.