Drake is set for a return to acting in gritty British drama Top Boy, after buying the rights to the show. Last year, it emerged the Toronto rapper had bought the rights to the Channel 4 show after it was dropped in 2013 by the broadcaster after just two seasons.The eight-episode British miniseries which followed the rise of lowly street soldiers Dushane and Sully—played by Grime artists Ashley Walters and Kane ‘Kano’ Robinson respectively in the fictional Summerhouse housing estate, premiered in 2011 and was hailed for its authentic take on London street culture.
According to the Daily Mirror, Walters has confirmed the show’s producers are making a “significant role” for the Canadian rapper who name-checked the show in his song Know Yourself, as well as tweeting about it, adding the rapper met the show’s creators last week to talk about the role.
“We met up to start talking about the show and we are working out a role for him,” Walters shared with the newspaper. “He loves acting, of course he wanted a part. He’s going to be really hands on and is getting stuck into it.”
After watching the show on Netflix and speaking to Walters, the rapper bought the rights to the series.
@AshleyWalters82 is too incredible!! Everybody on Top Boy gives such incredible performances. That show is just too good.
— Drizzy (@Drake) October 9, 2014
— Ashley Walters (@AshleyWalters82) October 8, 2014