Drake's vocal Coach Recalls Wanting To Make Drake" A Singer Who Raps"
Drake's vocal coach, Dionne Osborne speaks on the importance of rappers taking care of their vocal cords.
As an artist who sings and raps, a voice coach was enlisted for Young Money artist Drake years ago. And in an exclusive interview with Jezebel, Drake's voice coach, Dionne Osborne spoke with the publication about working with Drake, why rappers should take better care of their voices, and more.
Osborne, who previously worked with the likes of former Roc-A-Fella Records artist Teairra Mari and singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, reminded the meeting of Drake before his first tour. She says that she wasn't sure if his presence would be welcome, as some artists dare to vocal coaches, but says that the rapper greeted her with a big hug.
"So I arrive early and the band is drilling me with questions," Osborne said. "What are you going to do? What are you going to do with it? I start talking to them about the health of things, and as He loves his sweet tea. You're never going to get him to give up his sweet tea. Then Drake walks in with his gang. You know how rappers never go anywhere without a large group of people. And he put his arms out and gave me a big hug and that was it...Drake is so funny. Later he was like, 'I looked and I knew I was going to love'. He is exactly what you see. People say it's corny, or he can't be that nice, he can't be so sweet. But I can say, that he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He had a strong love of strong females. And we just totally connected. Maybe because he was an actor, I don't know."
Osborne recalled working with Drake around the time he released his mixtape, so Far Gone. She says her goal at the time was to make the musician on the Canadian, "a singer who raps" because she felt there was already so many "rappers who sing."
"It was the mixtape, so Far Gone, and was already quite large," he said. "In our first session, I told him that my goal was to make him a singer who raps, not a rapper who sings. I know Drake loves rapping, that is his first love. But the road is just filled with rappers who sing.