Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), known simply as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer. Drake is known for his egotistical lyrics and technical ability. His vocal abilities have been lauded for an audible contrast between typical hip-hop beats and melody, with sometimes abrasive rapping coupled with softer accents, delivered on technical lyricism. Drake has cited several hip hop artists as influencing his rapping style, including Kanye West, Jay Z, and Lil Wayne. Drake has also attributed various R&B artists as influential to the incorporation of the genre into his own music, including Aaliyah, and Usher.