Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is a rapper, songwriter and Canadian actor.
Drake was born in Ontario, Toronto, Canada, on 24 October 1986. At age 15 he met an agent (parent of a high school friend) and this got him a role in the Canadian series “Degrassi: The Next Generation ‘. From 2001 to 2009 he gave life to Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who becomes disabled after being shot by a classmate. He appeared in 138 episodes.
In 2006 he released his first mixtape: ‘Room for Improvement’. He was assisted by Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz. The following year a new mixtape, ‘Comeback Season’ appears with a video for “Replacement Girl” (with Trey Songz). He became the first Canadian rapper to have a video clip on BET. In 2008, Lil ‘Wayne invited him to participate in his tour as part of his crew:’ Young Money ‘. In February 2009, he released his third official mixtape, ‘So Far Gone’, for free download on his blog site which included Lil Wayne and Trey Songz. He had more than 2,000 downloads in the first two hours. Since then, he has worked with Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige, among others. He has also written for Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys. He toured with Lil Wayne and rappers in America’s Most Wanted Tour.
In June 2010 he released his album ‘Thank Me Later’. It featured collaborations with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, and debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard Top 200 and sold 447,000 copies in the first week. He became the first hip-hop artist with more sales in a week (although Eminem would get over a week later). The single ‘Over’ received a nomination for Best Rap Performance Grammy in 2011.
In November 2011, his second studio album ‘Take Care’ is released. This album features the collaboration of artists like Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Rihanna or Tyga. The single ‘Headlines’ reached 13 in the top 100 and went platinum in the US and Canada. It was also his tenth single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Rap, which made him the artist with the most number 1s in the table. The album received four nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2012 for Best Male Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Video of the Year.
In early 2012, Drake and Noah ’40’ Shebib created a record label called Ovo Sound. In 2013 he announced that his third album would be called ‘nothing was the same’. In January of the following year he made his debut on Saturday Night Live, which he was also the musical guest. Critics praised his ability to act in comedy. In July, he announced the name of his fourth album, ‘Views From The 6.’ Later this month, he gave several concerts with OVO Sound.
In February 2015, he released the mixtape ‘If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late,’ without notice on iTunes. It would be his fourth mixtape and fourth studio album with Cash Money Records.
- His father, drummer Dennis Graham, worked with Jerry Lee Lewis.
- His parents divorced when he was five and was raised by his mother, Sandi (Educator).
- In his youth he played junior hockey with the Red Wings in Weston.
- He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he began acting, but did not graduate.
- In September 2013, he was officially announced as Global Ambassador of the Toronto Raptors, joining the executive committee of the NBA in his hometown.
|music||Room for Improvement (mixtape)||2006|
|music||Comenack Season (mixtape)||2007|
|music||So Far Gone (mixtape)||2009|
|music||So Far Gone (EP)||2009|
|music||We Are Young Money||2009|
|music||Thank Me Later||2010|
|music||Nothing Was the Same||2013|
|music||Young Money: Rise of an Empire||2014|
|music||If You're Reading This It's Too Late||2015|