"Started from the Bottom" is a song by Canadian hip hop recording artist Drake, released as the first single from his upcoming third studio album Nothing Was the Same. The song is produced by Mike Zombie. The song has charted in many countries, reaching a peak of number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Started from the Bottom" was originally planned to be released on February 10, 2013, coinciding with the Grammy Awards. However, it was instead premiered on February 1 through Drake's "October's Very Own" blog, as he preferred to release it without prior interviews. The song was officially released on iTunes on February 6, 2013. At the 55th Grammy Awards, Drake teased that an official remix would be released.
Music and lyrics
Lyrically, "Started from the Bottom" addresses Drake's early life and career beginnings. He commented of its concept, "I feel sometimes that people don't have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn't consistent with actual events. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I'm excited for this song to find a place in your life as well." The song makes use of instrumentation from drums and a piano; MTV describes it as "departure" from his earlier works.
In January 2013, Drake was seen filming the music video for the song which was being directed by Director X. The music video was released on February 10, 2013. The video features an all-white dressed Drake standing in the back of a white Bentley convertible, during a blizzard. In other scenes, he works retail in a Shoppers Drug Mart drugstore, flies a plane into his native Toronto and dances around in a club. Drake's mother, Sandi, and producers Boi-1da and Noah "40" Shebib also make a cameos in the video. And at the end it displays Drake and his friends partying at a villa in the Dominican Republic. 
Shortly after the song's debut Wiz Khalifa was the first to release a remix to the song. Since then rappers such as, Machine Gun Kelly, Bow Wow, Soulja Boy, Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Papoose, Wyclef Jean and Karmin have released their own remixes or freestyles to the song. On February 15, 2013 Mike Posner, Asher Roth, T. Mills, Chuck Inglish & King Chip released a music video for their remix of the song.
At the 55th Grammy Awards, Drake suggested that an official remix could be released. He begun work on it with Rick Ross and DJ Khaled but the recording session resulted in the first single off Khaled's next album, "No New Friends".
Lewis Corner of Digital Spy blog gave the song a positive review stating:
Backdropped by a haunting piano loop and tinned snare, the production falls in line with what we've come to expect from a brooding Drake track. "Started from the bottom now we're here," he reflects. "Started from the bottom now my whole team fucking here." The ascent to stardom has clearly been the smoothest of paths, but we hope there's a little more depth to the remainder of his new material to keep him up there with the best. .
The track entered the UK Singles Chart at number 71 on February 10, 2013. The following week it rose forty-six positions to number 25 - becoming only Drake's third top 40 entry as a solo artist in the UK. The song has reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and is Drake's eleventh top 10 hit on the chart.
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Charts and certifications
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