Drake Is Next LL Cool J: Jamie Foxx
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2009 7:21 PM CDT
Aubrey “Drake” Graham, seen on the cover of his mixtape, is earning kudos as a rapper and singer in the US.
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(Newser) – Drake is not only dating Rihanna and prepping to sign with a new label for his debut album in the next few days. The Canadian-born singer is also winning support from the likes of 50 Cent and Jamie Foxx, MTV and Sohh.com report. "He can go as gangster as he wants, but when he sings, that is the X-factor," said Foxx, who recently sang with Drake on a remix of his Foxx's single, "Digital Girl."

"Usually, when you see an artist of today, they do one thing—maybe they perform a song or do a great hook—but you seldom see a guy who can walk a song, all from the R&B end, and then be on a track with Bun B," Foxx said. G-Unit leader 50 Cent is amazed by Drake's rise: "The kid is coming up," he said. "I heard Jay-Z got him on his single. That was ill, like, that was fast!"