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Actor, rapper, singer
Drake Drake
Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian recording artist and actor from Toronto, Ontario.
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    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 25
    Despite dropping out of high school, years later, he graduated in October 2012.
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    He was ranked No. 2 on MTV's Hottest MCs In The Game VII list in 2012.
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    Drake was tied with Rihanna for the most nominees at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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    Drake's latest global tour, Club Paradise is the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, grossing over 42 million worldwide.
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    He also currently has more number-one singles, ten, on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart than any other rapper, recently passing Jay-Z in August 2012.
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    Drake and Chris Brown were allegedly involved in a physical altercation on June 14, 2012, when Drake and his entourage allegedly threw glass bottles towards Chris Brown at a nightclub called WIP in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, New York.
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    Jake One produced a song for him, which seems to be personal. A video of Drake previewing the song while smoking hookah was released on June 26, 2012 via Vimeo.
    More Details Hide Details It is unclaimed who he's retorting to and unknown if it will be featured on his upcoming album. The song was thought to be released in anticipation for the third annual OVO Fest. However, "Enough Said" by Aaliyah featuring him was released instead on the day of the concert. While touring the UK in support of his latest album Take Care, Drake announced in an interview that he has just started work on his third studio album. He has recently worked with 40. While in the UK, Drake is hoping to work more with Jamie xx who produced the title track on Drake's second album, Take Care. He also stated he wants Jamie xx to "have a bigger presence on my third record". Drake said his upcoming third album will sound differently compared to Take Care. Drake stated that Kanye West, Jay-Z, Aaliyah and his mentor Lil Wayne are his biggest influences. Drake refers to Kanye West as one of his idols and favorite rappers in hip hop. He expanded on this by commenting in an interview with MTV "I can never sit here and tell you that's not one of my idols, that's not one of my favorite rappers. Whatever energy I've ever felt is irrelevant. When you ask me, 'What do I think of Kanye West,' I'mma always have something positive to say." Drake's musical abilities have often been compared to West.
    In January 2012 Drake performed "Headlines" on ice during the second intermission of the NHL All Star Game in his home country of Canada.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    The music video for the single was released on October 2, 2011 and depicts Drake rapping in various locations around Toronto such as Guild Park and Rogers Centre.
    More Details Hide Details The second single released "Make Me Proud" which features Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj, was released on October 16, 2011. The single was commercially successful reaching a peak position of No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also holds the record for largest jump on the Billboard Hot 100 for a male artist (tied with Akon's Smack That), when the song vaulted from No. 97 to No. 9 in a 88 position jump. The song also reached the peak of both the Billboard Rap Songs chart and the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, marking Drake's 11th and 8th No. 1s on both charts respectively. "Make Me Proud" also became Drake's fourth consecutive single from the Take Care era to receive a Platinum certification by the RIAA. "The Motto", which features American rapper Lil Wayne, was released as the third from Take Care on November 29, 2011. The track proved to be one of the most successful singles Drake has ever released, performing very well commercially. It peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 and topped both the Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop songs charts, further extending his lead for most No. 1 hits on the rap chart and matching a record set by fellow rapper Jay-Z, for most No. 1 hits on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart for a Rap artist. The song has also proved to have cultural impact, especially in the United States, popularizing the phrase YOLO which is featured in the song's hook with the line "You only live once: that's the motto, nigga, YOLO".
    On June 9, 2011, it was unveiled that Drake's second studio album would be released on October 24, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details However, the album's release date would eventually be postponed to November 15, 2011. Drake posted a new track, "Dreams Money Can Buy", on his October's Very Own blog on May 20. The song was never featured on the album's official release. On June 9 another track from the album, "Marvins Room" was made available on his blog. After the song began to gain considerable airplay on Urban radio, "arvins Room" was officially released on July 22, 2011, via iTunes as a promotional single. The single performed relatively well, obtaining a Gold certification by the RIAA, peaking at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching the top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On June 28 he released a music video for "Marvins Room" that featured him feeling depressed in a club. The first single from Take Care was released officially to iTunes on August 9, 2011 and was titled "Headlines". The song received positive critical reviews and was also commercially successful. The song reached No. 13 on the Hot 100 and was eventually certified Platinum both in the United States and Canada. The song also became his 10th single to reach the summit of the Billboard Rap Songs chart, which led him to be the artist with the most No. 1 hits on that chart ever, a record which he still presently holds with 12 number one hits.
    However in April 2011, it was announced that Drake would no longer star in the movie in order to focus on his sophomore album.
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    In late January 2011, Indiewire announced that Drake was in negotiations to join Eva Green and Susan Sarandon in the cast of Nicholas Jarecki's forthcoming feature-film "Arbitrage."
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    The album was released on June 15, 2010, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details The album has since gone platinum and has spawned the successful singles "Over" and "Find Your Love". His second studio album titled Take Care was released on November 15, 2011 and topped the charts in the U.S. and Canada and produced multiple smash singles, including "Headlines", "Take Care", "Make Me Proud", and "The Motto", the latter of which is also credited for popularizing the widely used acronym YOLO. Other than his musical career, Drake is a songwriter for other artists in the industry such as Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx, and continues to pursue his acting career with his latest appearance being in the No. 1 box office hit Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). Drake has sold over 5 million albums worldwide, with his latest release Take Care being the most successful. Drake's achievements range from 3 Juno Awards to 3 BET Awards. Drake also claims many significant Billboard records. He currently has more number-one singles, twelve, on Billboard's Rap Songs chart than any other artist, and is, other than 50 Cent, the only artist to simultaneously occupy the chart's top three positions.
    On November 17, 2010, Drake revealed the title of his next studio com to be Take Care.
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    Drake kicked off his "Lights Dreams and Nightmares Tour" on September 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details The tour traveled to major cities in the United States, winding down on November 6 in Las Vegas.
    According to reports, Drake announced the completion of the album to a crowd during his April 26, 2010, show at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
    More Details Hide Details His camp has since confirmed that Drake was finished with the final track to the album and the next single from the album would be titled "Find Your Love". "Find Your Love" was released as the second single on May 5, 2010. Critics commended Drake's attempt to move into the singing lane on the song, and compared it to Kanye West's work on 808s & Heartbreak. The single became the most successful single from the album, peaking at number 5 on the Hot 100 and receiving a Platinum certification by the RIAA. "Find Your Love" also performed well internationally and was Drake's first top 40 appearance in the United Kingdom and Italy. To date it also remains Drake's only solo top 10 appearance in his home country of Canada. The music video for the single was shot in Kingston, Jamaica and tells the story of Drake being involved in a fateful encounter with a gang-affiliated woman. The video was criticized by Jamaica's minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett who said "We just have to say that care has to be taken by all, including our creative artists, in portraying images of our destination and people, Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing island's image" The third single from the album, "Miss Me", featuring Lil Wayne, was released on June 1, 2010. The single proved to be moderately successful, and reached No. 15 on the Hot 100.
    On April 29, 2010, it was announced that Drake had finished Thank Me Later.
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    In June 2010, it was announced that Drake would have a prominent role in the video game Gears of War 3.
    More Details Hide Details He was scheduled to play the part of Jace Stratton, but a scheduling conflict meant it went to someone else.
    On March 9, 2010, Drake released the first single from his Thank Me Later album, titled "Over".
    More Details Hide Details The song was well-received and performed well both commercially and critically. The song reached a peak of No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Rap Songs chart. The song also received a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards. On March 12, 2010, a version of K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" recorded by a collective of Canadian musicians known as Young Artists for Haiti was released. Drake is featured in the song, performing a solo verse near the end of the song.
    Due to his first week sales, Drake had sold the most records for any hip hop artist in one week in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Eminem surpassed that accomplishment a week later. The album has collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne while forgoing planned duets with Trey Songz and Danny!
  • 2009
    Age 22
    Drake dated Rihanna (not long after the domestic violence case caused by her ex) in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details They still have remained as romantic friends since then. Although Drake's alliances Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne collaborated with Brown numerous times, Drake never did after he dated her. An unreleased collaboration entitled "Yamaha Mama" was leaked online weeks earlier before the alleged altercation. The original version is from Soulja Boy's second studio album iSouljaBoyTellem (2008). Chris Brown remixed Drake's "Marvins Room". It's believed that he may have been offended by the line "Fuck that nigga that you love so bad." However, Drake did not respond throughout the making of Take Care. Drake seemed to have instigated a fight with Chris Brown on Twitter. Brown subliminally replied back angrily. Meek Mill also has been allegedly involved in the feud. Ludacris dissed Drake and Big Sean on his song "Bada Boom". Sean invented the "supa dupa flow". Ludacris mimicked the flow in his song "My Chick Bad". Drake also mimicked the flow on his song "Forever". Ludacris and Big Sean have put this behind them.
    Drake underwent surgery on September 8, 2009 for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
    More Details Hide Details He underwent rehabilitation and was soon able to walk. On September 15, 2009, So Far Gone was released as a seven-track EP in which five of the tracks were from the original mixtape. It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Since then the album was certified gold by the RIAA with over 500,000 copies sold in the United States. On April 18, 2010, the album won Rap Recording of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards.
    On July 31, 2009, Drake, who was performing on an already injured knee, fell on stage while performing "Best I Ever Had", with Lil Wayne in Camden, New Jersey.
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    On June 29, 2009, it was confirmed, that Drake signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details This followed what Billboard purported to be "one of the biggest bidding wars ever". Drake toured with Wayne and other rap artists on the America's Most Wanted Tour.
    In June 2009, it was revealed that an unauthorized album entitled The Girls Love Drake and credited to Drake was up for sale on iTunes.
    More Details Hide Details A lawsuit was planned against the label. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart of July 4, 2009, both "Best I Ever Had", and "Every Girl" by Young Money Entertainment entered the top ten at positions 3 and 10 respectively. Drake is only the second artist to have his first two top ten hits in the same week. The first was fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado who entered the top ten in 2001 with "I'm Like A Bird" the same week as Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On", a remix of which included a credited contribution from Furtado.
    On February 13, 2009, Drake released his third official mixtape, So Far Gone, for free download on his blog site which included Drake's mentor Lil Wayne, Bun B, Omarion, Lloyd and his friend, Trey Songz.
    More Details Hide Details It received over 2,000 downloads in the first 2 hours of release. It was extremely successful in the underground and eventually made its way to radio. Due to the success of the mixtape's two singles, "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful", it was released as an EP featuring only five songs from the mix tape and one new song. MTV named it "The Hottest Mixtape of 2009 (So Far)". Since So Far Gone, Drake worked with Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Young Money, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland, Birdman, Trey Songz, and Jamie Foxx. Drake has also written for Alicia Keys, and Dr. Dre. So Far Gone is credited as being his commercial and critical breakthrough as it was much more critically acclaimed and commercially successful than his previous two releases.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    Drake planned to release his official debut album, Thank Me Later, in late 2008, but the album's release date was postponed, first to March 2010, then May 25, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Universal Motown then stated the album had been pushed back three weeks for a June 15, 2010, release. Thank Me Later was finally released on June 15, 2010. On that day, 25,000 fans gathered at New York's South Street Seaport for a free concert by Drake and Hanson. A near-riot ensued after police canceled the show due to overflowing crowds. The week of the album's release, the album sold 447,000 copies and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
    In 2008, Lil Wayne was given some of Drake's music from Rap-A-Lot founder, J.
    More Details Hide Details Prince's son, Jas Prince, and he immediately called Drake to invite him to fly to Houston and tour with him. Drake and Wayne recorded a couple of songs during this time, including "Ransom", the original version of "I Want This Forever", and the remix to Drake's song, "Brand New". Though now part of Lil Wayne's crew, Young Money, Drake was not signed.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    Also in 2007, Drake became the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET when his first single, "Replacement Girl" was featured as the "New Joint of the Day" on April 30, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It also contained a freestyle over a song with Lil Wayne, a remix of "Man of the Year" originally by Brisco and Flo Rida.
    In 2007, he released another mixtape, Comeback Season, spawning a single and a music video for "Replacement Girl" featuring Trey Songz.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    In February 2006, Drake self-released his first mixtape Room for Improvement.
    More Details Hide Details The mixtape features artists Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco. He described it as "pretty straightforward, radio friendly, not much content to it." In a TeenNick interview from that time, he cited his influences as rappers Jay-Z, Clipse, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and singers Anthony Hamilton and Maxwell.
  • 2001
    Age 14
    Besides Degrassi, between 2001-2009 Drake appeared on other various Television shows in smaller roles such as, Blue Murder as Joey Tamarin, Soul Food as Fredrick, The Border as PFC Gordon Harvey, and Beyond the Break as himself.
    More Details Hide Details Looking back on his early life, Drake had to essentially live two different lives because of his parent's divorce; he lived in a very upper-class part of Toronto, and, when in Memphis, was told he was “the furthest thing from hood.” He witnessed many life-changing experiences because of this, one being his father's arrest, which he describes by saying “The fact that I didn’t have a father, because he was in jail two separate times. He did a two-year bid and a three-year bid, I was there when he got taken down. We had just gotten back from Memphis.” However, Drake comments on his childhood experiences by saying “I’ve seen things that didn’t make me happy. They were character building. That’s why I think people in the hood can still connect with what I’m saying even though I’m not saying ‘yeah I got crack in my pocket’ ’cause that wasn’t my struggle necessarily, but I speak from a place that’s just human emotion.” Drake stated that his parents' divorce greatly affected him as a person, saying, “I had to become a man very quickly and be the backbone for a woman who I love with all my heart, my mother." At the age of 24, Drake commented on his early life by saying "I’ve seen a lot man. I’ve seen a lot of life, put it that way. I’ve been with the most blessed kids in the world.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Sandi Graham (née Sher), an educator, and Dennis Graham, a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis. Two of his uncles, Larry Graham and Teenie Hodges, are also musicians. Drake's father is an African American from Memphis, Tennessee, and Drake's mother is a white Jewish Canadian. He attended a Jewish day school and had a Bar Mitzvah. His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he was raised by his mother in two Toronto neighbourhoods; he lived on Weston Road in the city's west end, until the sixth grade, when he moved to the wealthy Forest Hill. As a youth, he played minor hockey with the Weston Red Wings. Drake has commented on the move to Forest Hill and his mother's struggle, saying that "She wanted the best for her family. She found us a half of a house we could live in. The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half. I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. It was not big, it was not luxurious. It was what we could afford." Drake then began attending Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he began acting, but did not graduate. It was the first of two high schools he would attend, as he later went to Vaughan Road Academy, describing it as "not by any means the easiest school to go to.
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