Since his introduction to the masses in 2009 (2007 if you ask the hardcore fans,) Drake has steadily progressed his skills as a rapper and a singer. While progression in rapping is more about the writing, it takes a complete lifestyle change to improve one’s singing, and his vocal coach Dionne Osborne recently revealed what it was that Drizzy did to do so.
Find out what Drake did below.
1. He had to change what he was eating.
“I said, ‘Here’s the deal: You have to change your diet,’ ” Osborne says she told him. “You’re heading out on tour in the spring and not thinking about your asthma or your allergies. You’ve got to take care of yourself too. Let’s focus on helping you do your job.”
2. He had to change the way he performed.
“One thing we worked on right away was his live sound — he had this tone that he didn’t use in his recordings, this thin tone to make the sound cut. It was whiny-sounding to me.”
3. He had to stop slouching.
“Part of the problem was his approach physically. He’d be bending over to the floor and doing all of this crazy stuff and I’d be like, ‘What are you doing? Your diaphragm is totally curled over.’ We talked a lot about body structure, too. It’s important for every singer. It’s not rocket science, but you have to understand the body. From there we worked to bring out that natural, dark, strong color in his tone that he uses so well, now. We grounded his sound. Made him support more from the diaphragm and the lower abs.”
4. He needed to pick up the Poland Spring.
“I’m very proud to say that even when I’m not there, he’s drinking water. He says ‘Goodnight, God bless, I’m Drake, take care,’ and he gets offstage and starts cooling down his voice. He takes a chef with him, he works out. He’s doing it on his own now.”
5. He had to stop sweet tea, and start exercising.
“Before the next tour, he called me up and was so proud of himself. He said, ‘Didi, I got a trainer, I’ve been working out, and I haven’t had any sweet tea.’ I was so happy that he was taking it seriously, and he saw the difference. He would come offstage and and say, ‘I could go another set.’ ”
6. He had to work on his transitions.
“During one tour, I told him, ‘Drake, you know what would be really cool? If you could flow directly out of your raps into the melody and and go right back into the rap. Just flowing back and forth, back and forth.’ He told me later on, ‘You said that to me and it kind of pissed me off. I thought I was already doing that.’ But then he went home, listened to his stuff and started working on it. He got what I was saying. He’s got that ability and he improved.”
7. A humidifier.
“[I] made them put a humidifier on the bus. He needed the humidifier on the bus because it was so dry in there. Later on in the tour, Drake thought he was having trouble singing, so I showed up to help. … After sending one of the guys back on the bus to retrieve the humidifier, I opened up that humidifier and I just wanted to kill somebody. I laid into them, ‘You see this pink stuff? THIS IS MOLD. THIS IS WHY HE’S SICK.’ ”