An unauthorized documentary film recording the elevation of Canadian rapper Drake has been released on Netflix and Amazon, according to Pitchfork. Created by Uk-based Symmetrical Entertainment, ”Drake: Rewriting The Rules,” trails Drake from his days as a child actor on the hit tv show “Degrassi” to his career in music. As reported by IMDB, the film is composed and directed by a filmmaker named Ray Louis.
Nevertheless, as reported by Pitchfork, neither Drake nor any members of his team are spoken within the film. Those spoken within the film include Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Joe Levy, pop music scholar Jason King, and writer Kathy Iandoli.
“Rewriting The Rules” was broadcast by the LA-based, independent film broadcast company Vision Films. It was also the film first revealed on Vimeo this past November and was actually the second unofficial, documentary film about the life and career of the 32-year-old Canadia artist to appear that year. Last January, “Toronto To Houston” a documentary about Drake’s relationship to the Texas city was unveiled by Houston-based Instagram personality MarQuis Trill.
As one of music’s biggest stars, Drake’s career has been the topic of many reviews over the years. This hunger for awareness about the rapper is only incorporated by the fact that he hardly does interviews anymore.
Neither Drake’s team nor Netflix has stated anything about the rapper’s connection to “Rewriting the Rules,” but Pitchfork explains that an early mixtape stopped the track “Thrill Is Gone” surfaces in the film at the 16:30 mark attached by the text “courtesy of OVO Sound/Reservoir Media Management,” which would indicate some kind of consent of use from OVO, Drake’s record label. The film seems to otherwise unofficial though, and its unanticipated release on streaming services — descending without promotion or a prepared press release from the video-streaming titans stationing it — has harvested a social media response that is fully shared enthusiasm and perplexed.