One only has to look at Aubrey Drake Graham's weight class to see how far he has come. In a short period of time he has already reached a stratosphere where he is grouped with heavyweights like Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I., and Lil Wayne.

That's what happens when you nab two Grammy nominations, drop an endless array of hits ("Best I Ever Had," "Successful," "Money To Blow," "Forever," and "Bedrock"), and sell 500,000 copies of a mixtape (So Far Gone) that had been available for free for six months before you've even dropped an album.

And for anyone expecting Drake to let up, he already has three top 20 singles with "Over," "Find Your Love," and "Miss Me," from his debut, Thank Me Later, and has many thinking he might match the first-week sales of his mentor, Lil Wayne, who sold a million copies of Tha Carter III almost exactly two years ago. Complex sat down with the producers and featured artists who helped make the most anticipated hip-hop debut in years...

As told to Toshitaka Kondo (@ToshitakaKondo) & Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)