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A Notebook Of Drake’s Old Handwritten Lyrics Is Up For Sale

The lyrics were written during his time on ‘Degrassi.’

As famous as Drake is, his stint as an actor on the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation still manages to stay relevant. Now someone can own a piece of the rapper’s past for $54k.

TMZ reports that an old notebook filled with Drake’s handwritten lyrics is up for sale on MomentsInTime.com, listed at the steep price. The spiral book dates back to 2002, a year after the first season of the Canadian series aired, and features around 12 pages of unreleased lyrics. Although, it’s unclear when each song was actually written, the site vouches for the book’s authenticity because of signatures that use his real name, Aubrey Graham.

One of the pages includes a song titled “10 Mack Commandments,” a homage to The Notorious B.I.G.’s early song “Ten Crack Commandments.” It should also be noted that Drake lifted his signature “6” tag from Biggie’s intro on the track.

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Artists Reek Da Villain, Shawn Lov, and Soul Kid Klik and Doc Dave Banna have released tracks with “10 Mack Commandments” in the title, as well.

Gary Zimet, the owner of the site, says the book was recovered nearly a decade ago from Drake’s grandfather’s furniture factory in Toronto. It was almost thrown out, but luckily someone on the cleanup crew discovered the gem.

Drake released his first single “Replacement Girl” featuring Trey Songz in 2007, as he was balancing his role as Jimmy on Degrassi and his new music career. In a 2015 interview with W Magazine, he revealed that he was “kicked off the show” because it became too much to juggle both of the obligations:

I’d sleep in my dressing room and then be in front of the cameras again by 9 a.m. Eventually, they realized I was juggling two professions and told me I had to choose. I chose this life.

Drake, however, is still waiting for his old Blackberry with lyrics to show up, which he lost in Mexico and used to write all his verses in. He referenced the missing phone on the song “Say What’s Real.”

While you can’t peep all of the notebook’s songs, you can check out all of Drake’s official lyrics here on Genius.

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