The long-awaited revival of British crime drama Top Boy finally hitting Netflix this month, and Drake had a big role in making it happen. The series was originally canceled following its second season on Channel 4 in the U.K., but as an executive producer, Drizzy made sure it would get the Season 3 it deserved.
At the premiere of Top Boy Season 3 in London, Drake sat down for a quick interview with HeyUGuys to explain what compelled him to work so hard to bring it back.
“Well, I was watching it on YouTube,” he explained.
“I became really attached to the characters. I think there’s a lot of parallels between Toronto and London, obviously we don’t have the same accent but we speak the same. It reminded me of people I grew up with and guys that I know and situations that I’ve witnessed. So I really just felt super connected right away, but then it disappeared on me.”
After doing some research, he discovered it was canceled, much to his disappointment.
“I brought it up to my brother, my manager…my partner in crime,” he added.
“I said, ‘Yo we should try and bring this back, I think the entire U.K. would appreciate it. At first it was kind of like just for me, I was like, ‘Oh I need this back.’ But then I realized how much it meant to so many people.”
Drake has a huge connection to the U.K., and has been quick to offer shoutouts to some of the biggest talents from there.
“These are the type of things that really get to put on display how talented these people are,” he said of the actors, a number of whom are also musicians, like Kano, Dave, and Little Simz. “Their talent is multi-layered.”