Canadian rapper Drake has purchased rights for the critically-acclaimed British TV series “Top Boy” and is working on producing the show’s third series. Not only will Drake be working behind the scenes, but he will also star in the show. The rapper has begun conversation with the series’ creators regarding the yet to be specified role. As per the show’s star Ashley Graham, Drake would play will play a “significant role” in the show. This would not be Drake’s first time acting on television. The rapper essayed the role of Jimmy Brooks for 5 years on Canadian teen drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”.
Top Boy, which aired from 2011 to 2014 on UK’s Channel 4, follows drug dealer Dushane (played by Ashley Walters) and the troubled teenager Ra’Nell (Malcolm Kamulete) who he takes under his wing while rising to power. The show came to an abrupt end when a third series was not commissioned by Channel 4. The show found a new life and audience when it started to stream on Netflix. Through the streaming service, the show found a fan in Drake, who loved the show so much that he gave it a shout-out in his 2015 track “Know Yourself”. It’s being hoped that Drake’s involvement in the show will raise the interest of a new audience, which may not be familiar with UK’s estate life.
@AshleyWalters82 is too incredible!! Everybody on Top Boy gives such incredible performances. That show is just too good.
— Drizzy (@Drake) October 9, 2014
Critics have hailed the show for its realistic portrayal of British street life, which goes beyond stereotypes. On the other hand, it has also faced criticism from residents of North London estate Hackney on which the show’s fictional setting Summerhouse is based.
This would not be the first of Drake’s transatlantic connections. The rapper is a big fan of the UK Grime scene and has collaborated with Grime artists Skepta and Giggs on his “More Life” album. Skepta also confirmed his involvement in the new series of “Top Boy” in an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.
The new series of “Top Boy” will release on Netflix next year.
Revisit Drake’s “Know Yourself” below.
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