|Born:||24 October 1986, Toronto, Canada|
|Other names:||Champagne Papi, Drizzy, 6 God|
|Full name:||Aubrey Drake Graham|
|Education:||Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, Vaughan Road Academy|
|Occupation:||Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, businessman|
|Parent(s):||Sandi Graham (mother),|
Dennis Graham (father)
|Genres:||Hip hop, R&B, pop, trap, pop rap|
|Net Worth:||$180 Million|
|Labels:||OVO Sound, Republic, Young Money, Cash Money|
|Associated acts:||50 Cent , Ariana Grande , Chris Brown , Future , Kanye West , Lil Baby , Megan Thee Stallion , Nicki Minaj , Snoop Dogg|
|Social Media:||https://www.facebook.com/Drake || https://twitter.com/Drake|
Drake is best known in Canada for his role as Jimmy Brooks, a wheelchair-bound character, on “Degrassi: The Next Generation, and for songs like “Take Care,” “One Dance,” and “Hotline Bling” that were big hits.
Who is Drake?
Drake first gained attention on the teen drama Degrassi: Jimmy Brooks, a wheelchair-bound character he played for seven years on The Next Generation. After leaving the show, he signed a contract with Young Money Entertainment, the label of Lil Wayne, and became one of the biggest rappers in the world. He is frequently in the news for his relationships with Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, the establishment of his own record label, OVO Sound, or his role as the Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador for the NBA. Jay Z referred to him as hip hop’s Kobe Bryant, which is not surprising.
Early life without music !
Drake was born Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada. Dennis Graham, his father, was a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis, the legendary rock and roll star. Larry Graham was an uncle who sang bass for Sly and the Family Stone. Sandi Graham, Drake’s mother, is also from a “very musical” family, as Drake’s grandmother watched Aretha Franklin perform.
Drake comes from a diverse and singular religious and ethnic background. His mother is a white Canadian Jew, and his father is a Catholic of African American descent. Drake says the following about his personal identity: In the end, because I am more involved in Black culture than anyone else, I consider myself to be a Black man. Being Jewish is an interesting twist. It makes me special.
Drake was raised by his mother in Toronto’s Forest Hill, an affluent Jewish neighborhood. His parents divorced when he was five years old. He went to a Jewish day school, got a Bar Mitzvah when he was 13, and he and his mother observed the Jewish High Holy Days.
Drake recollects, “My mom has always made Hanukkah fun.” At the point when I was more youthful, she gave cool gifts and she’d make latkes.” Drake claims that he felt alone at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, his virtually all-white high school, despite his Jewish upbringing. He has stated that “nobody understood what it was like to be Black and Jewish,” but that “being different from everyone else just made me a lot stronger” was also a part of his statement.
‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’
Drake got his start in the entertainment business from a Forest Hill classmate. Drake would later elaborate, adding, “There was a kid in my class whose father was an agent.” His father would tell him, “Have them audition for me if there is anyone in the class who makes you laugh.” He became my agent after the audition.
Drake landed a role on the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi shortly thereafter, in 2001: The Generation to Come. Drake played the role of Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who is shot by a classmate and becomes permanently wheelchair-bound. The show followed the dramatic lives of a group of teenagers at Degrassi High School.
Drake only graduated from high school in 2012 after dropping out of school to pursue his acting career. He starred on Degrassi for seven years (from 2001 to 2009), winning, among other awards, the Young Artist Award in 2002 for best ensemble in a TV series. Drake has stated that there are “very few subtle Degrassi fans.” The show quickly attracted a dedicated cult following, elevating him to celebrity status in Canada while he remained relatively unknown in the United States.
Music career Drake began attempting to enter the hip hop scene while still appearing on Degrassi. In 2006, he released his first mixtape, Room for Improvement, which only sold about 6,000 copies. Comeback Season, his second mixtape, was released in 2007 on his own October’s Very Own imprint (later shortened to OVO).
This incorporated Drake’s originally hit single and music video, “Substitution Young lady,” which was included as the New Joint of the Day on BET’s well known hip-jump Network program 106 and Park. All the more essentially, the tune contained a rendition of Brisco and Flo Rida’s “Man of the Year,” which highlighted Lil Wayne. While he wrote the remaining lyrics, Drake decided to keep Wayne’s verses and hook intact. Jas Prince, the son of Rap-A-Lot Records founder James Prince, noticed this, so he decided to play Drake to Lil Wayne himself.
The cast of Degrassi was reorganized in 2008, and Drake’s role was eliminated. Drake was on the verge of looking for a day job because he did not have a consistent source of income and was not yet making a significant amount of money as a rapper. In his memory, he says, “I was coming to terms with the fact that… I might have to work at a restaurant or something else just to keep things going.” However, at the beginning of 2008, he received an unexpected call from Lil Wayne, in which he requested that he board a flight that evening to Houston in order to participate in his Carter III tour.
Drake released his third mixtape, So Far Gone, in February 2009, after touring and recording a number of songs with Lil Wayne. It highlighted the irresistible single “Best I At any point Had,” which topped at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and Wayne and Trey Songz’s collaboration “Successful,” which went gold and made Rolling Stone’s list of the “25 Best Songs of 2009,” Since then, radio airwaves have been dominated by Drake’s torrent of catchy hip hop songs with R&B influences.
Following a bidding war, Drake signed a record deal with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in the middle of 2009. He got off to a rough start when he fell on stage during the America’s Most Wanted Tour in July of that same year, tore his anterior cruciate ligament, and needed surgery. However, from that point on, things would only get better.
‘Thank Me Later’ and Grammy Wins
Drake’s first full-length studio album, “Thank Me Later,” was released on June 15, 2010, and it debuted at No. It reached number one on the Canadian and American album charts and was rated platinum. His new persona as the arrogant prince of hip-hop (he boasts, “Last name ever, first name greatest” on “Forever”) appeared to conflict with his Jewish upbringing in the middle class and previous career as a teenage soap star.
Despite this, Drake made an effort to combine these seemingly disparate phases of his life into a single persona. He wore a diamond-crusted Chai, a hip-hop salute to his Jewish heritage, on the cover of Vibe magazine in December 2009. Additionally, he raps in “The Presentation”: Is Drake real? Is Wheelchair Jimmy still there? The answer to the question, “Who is Drake?” is that the album features contributions from Jay Z and Kanye West. must have been “rap royalty.”
Take Care, his second studio album, was released in November 2011 and featured the songs “Headlines,” “Make Me Proud,” and “The Motto.” The collection was all around acclaimed, winning the 2013 Grammy grant for best rap collection, among a few different distinctions. The Chicago Tribune review by Greg Kot perfectly summed up Drake’s unique appeal, highlighting the difference between Drake and his peers in subject matter and soul-searching candor: Drake, the conscience-bearing melancholy hustler, is back intoxicated dialing former girlfriends and mourning those who fled.
Feuds With Chris Brown and Meek Mill
Drake’s disagreements with Chris Brown and Meek Mill Despite the success of his career, his personal life went through a few rough patches. He and fellow entertainer Chris Brown became rivals for Rihanna’s affections, and their bitter rivalry turned violent in a New York nightclub in the summer of 2012, injuring several spectators. Due to their actions, Drake and Brown both found themselves in legal trouble.
Among those who filed lawsuits against the performers were professional basketball player Tony Parker, a male model, two women, and three others who were injured in the fight. Later, Brown made a guest appearance on a remix of Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” and mentioned the incident (“One on one, what you scared, bruh?”). He sang).
Drake settled another legal matter outside of court around this time. Concerning Ericka Lee’s contributions to the song “Marvin’s Room,” he came to an agreement with her former partner. In 2012, Lee filed a lawsuit against Drake to claim credit for co-writing the song. Rappin 4-Tay and the estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith also sued him. His career has also been marred by disagreements with other artists, but they have not stopped it.
One thing was his verbal fight with Tyga, but he also had a fight with rapper Meek Mill when he said that Drake was using a ghostwriter for a song they wrote together. Drake recorded two diss tracks straightforwardly focused on Factory, “Energized” and “One after the other” in a solitary week in 2015. In addition, a diss war with Joe Budden began in 2016, and the internet rumors that have always plagued an artist of Drake’s stature claim that he has argued with Jay Z, Kanye West, and others.
‘Views’ and “Hotline Bling”
Drake’s personal challenges in “Views” and “Hotline Bling” never seem to keep him from moving forward. His personal struggle for success was reflected in the song “Started From the Bottom” from his critically acclaimed 2013 album Nothing Was the Same. He explained to MTV News, “I just wanted to make it known that I did work really hard to get here, that it wasn’t just a fluke, and that it wasn’t easy by any means.”
Drake followed with his fourth studio album, Views, in the spring of 2016 after releasing two mixtapes in 2015, one of which featured a collaboration with Future. The album debuted at No. 1 and became an instant hit. 1 and ascending the Billboard charts for 13 consecutive weeks without a break.
The sultry “Hotline Bling,” one of its hit singles, won the artist Grammy awards for best rap song and best rap/sung performance at the beginning of 2017 and sparked numerous memes due to its memorable video, which was inspired by the artist James Turrell. He attacked the Grammys for forcing him into the rap category after the event. He stated the following the day after the awards in an interview that aired on Apple’s Beats 1: Despite the fact that Hotline Bling is not a rap song, I am a Black artist and appear to be a rapper. Even though I have two awards, I do not want them.
Drake hopes that his unconventional rise to hip-hop fame will continue to be an asset rather than a hindrance as his rap career progresses. This entire situation is surprising as of now,” he has said, “so we’re simply moving with the fantasy vibe.”
When Drake won the Billboard Music Awards in May 2017, the “fairytale vibe” continued. He broke Adele’s record for the artist with the most wins in a single year by winning 13 awards, including top male artist, top Billboard 100 album, top Billboard 200 artist, and top Hot 100 artist.
‘Scorpion’ In advance of the June release of his fifth studio album, Scorpion, Drake released two singles, “Nice For What” and “I’m Upset,” after opening 2018 with the two-song EP Scary Hours. He also released the slur “Duppy Freestyle,” which was a response to Pusha-T’s claim that he used a ghostwriter to write his lyrics.
The artist confirmed the rumors of a newborn son on “March 14” of Scorpion’s June 29 release, and on “Survival,” he explained why he was dialing back his animosity toward Pusha-T and Meek Mill. Jay-Z and Future contributed to the album, and the track “Don’t Matter to Me” was said to contain previously unreleased Michael Jackson music.
In its first 24 hours, Scorpion broke streaming records with 170 million streams on Apple Music and 132 million on Spotify, according to the Associated Press. With his studio release, Drake became the first artist to surpass one billion streams in a single week as the pace continued over the following days.
Drake went on to win the Grammy for Best Rap Song in 2019 for his song “God’s Plan,” which was on both Scorpion and Scary Hours. However, the win was somewhat overshadowed by the controversy that he was cut off during his acceptance speech, where he downplayed how important it was for him to be recognized at the Grammys.
Drake and Chris Brown worked together on the Top 5 hit “No Guidance” to bury the hatchet. The Best in the World Pack, an EP with the singles “Omertà” and “Money in the Grave,” and Care Package, a compilation album with songs from earlier in the decade that had never been released before, followed.
Drake collaborated with Future to release “Life is Good” in January 2020 ahead of the planned release of a new album. A few weeks later, he released a video that combined the songs “When To Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle.” On May 1, the Dark Lane Demo Tapes, which featured appearances by Brown, Giveon, Young Thug, and Playboi Carti, were released.
Cannabis Company In late 2019, Drake and prominent Canadian producer Canopy Growth announced their partnership to produce and distribute herbal treats in Toronto through a new company called More Life Growth Co. According to a press release, the company is “centered around wellness, discovery, and overall personal growth with the hope of facilitating connections and shared experiences across the globe.” This partnership will allow Drake to enter the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.
Personal Life Drake and the artist Sophie Brussaux have a son named Adonis, who was born in October 2017.