Drake's Throwback Photos Reflect On His Career's Early Successes Amid New Album Rollout

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Drake performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
Drake is looking back on just how much things have changed since he first got started in the rap game.

Before the first single from Drake's highly anticipated For All The Dogs album hits streamers at 12PM ET today (September 15), the Canadian had some throwback photos to share on Instagram early this morning. His next LP will apparently see him returning to his roots, and this new post may indicate what we can expect. Drizzy kicked things off with a zen-looking meditation space, followed by a rooftop candid of him, longtime friend Niko, and another man mid-conversation in Las Vegas.

"I believe in the phrase things change… I just never took you for one of those things," he wrote in the caption. It's unclear if there's someone specific that Drake is referring to, or if he's simply looking back on all the people who have come and gone from his life over the years. Midway through his IG carousel, the Toronto native sits in front of the piano to play a song and lays on the floor with Courtne Bianca. In the latter snap, an image of a young Champagne Papi with his father, Dennis Graham, sits on the table behind them.

Drake is Feeling Nostalgic

OVO co-creator Oliver El-Khatib also makes an appearance in the second half of the post. He, Drake, and Niko all posed for the camera together in matching cheetah-print puffer jackets from The North Face. Besides showing his growth as an artist, the throwback photo dump also shows just how much the Scorpion rapper's style has evolved over the years.

Drake is a celebrity who tends to keep his fanbase well-updated on his latest activity via social media, but even when he's not online, it doesn't take much for the father of one to go viral. Earlier this week, a video of him calling out his security team for allowing a fan to rush the stage during his It's All a Blur tour hit the internet, bringing in mixed reactions. See that at the link below, and tap back in later for more hip-hop/pop culture news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.