Born on the 24th of October, Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper who also multitasks as a song producer, actor, lyricist and singer. Known popularly as Drake his rise to fame can be traced starting from his role as Jimmy Brooks in the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Born in Toronto, Canada, to parents Sandi Graham an educator and Dennis Graham, a drummer, his parents divorced when he was five, leaving a scar on his life. He has been quoted as saying that because of this he had to take up responsibilities quite early for his mother whom he loved with all his heart. He graduated in 2012 despite past discontinuities in his high school studies. Brought up by his mother in two neighbourhoods, West Road and Forest Hill respectively, he has explicitly stated how the economic variations in the societies of both places helped him grow because of the diverse experiences he received from these two areas. The repeated arrests of his father too affected him badly. From 2001 to up until 2009, he played the role of a basketball player in the Canadian TV series Degrassi doing a total of 138 episodes, and he has said how this would be the only source of income for his family, however, less it was. His first self- released mixtape ‘Room for Improvement’ came out in 2006, featuring artists like Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco although Drake himself admitted to it having been without content. His second mixtape that also featured a single and a music video featuring Trey Songz came out in 2007 and was called ‘Comeback’. In 2007, Drake became the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET when his first single, "Replacement Girl" featured as the "New Joint of the Day". It also contained freestyle over a song with
. In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape ‘so far one’ for free download in 2009 before which upon an invite, he had gone on a tour with Lil Wayne with whom he recorded a few songs, although not signed then. ‘So Far Gone’ was a hit in the underground and this was when he saw himself rise to fame after which he worked with artists like Jay-Z, Rihanna, DJ Khaled,
and the like. Two of his singles ‘Best I Ever Had’ and ‘Successful’ were popular.
In June 2010, Drake released his first debut album ‘Thank Me Later’ after a lot of postponement and saw it reaching No.1 on Billboard 200 soon enough. It saw him collaborating with artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. His first single from the album that released in May was titled ‘over’ and it reached No.14 on the Billboard top 100 and was critically too well received. His second single, released during the same month, titled ‘Find Your Love’ can be seen as his transition song towards singing. The third single from the album was ‘Miss Me’ and the fourth single ‘Fancy’ was his least popular single in the album. His second studio album ‘Take Care’ was released in November 2011 and before this, he released two of his singles on his blog ‘October’s Very Own’. It’s lead single, ‘Headlines’ was released in August and his second single was ‘Make Me Proud’. Both were met with both commercial and critical acclaim and the latter even featured
. Then came one of Drake’s biggest hits ‘Motto’ featuring Lil Wayne. The title track of the album is his biggest hit to date and featured Rihanna , and its video too had been nominated for a lot of awards. Its last song ‘HYFR’ won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip- Hop Video. Along with producer Nova”40” Shebib Drake started a record label named OVO Sound. Next year, while touring in the UK, he announced he had started preparations for his third studio album ‘Nothing was the same’ which was in 2014 shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. In February 2015, he released ‘If you’re Reading this it’s too Late’ directly into iTunes. In July that same year his infamous Twitter/mixtape feud with rapper
that led to both of them releasing diss tracks against each other. ‘What a Time to be Alive’, a joint mixtape with Atlanta rapper Future came out in the September of that same year. He has released one track from his album ‘Views from the Six’ and is currently acting as the brand ambassador for Toronto Captors. He has been heard to have said that Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and his favourite Aaliyah have been his greatest influences. He has also appeared in movies like Breakaway; his voice can be heard in
4: Continental Drift and his hosting of
Saturday Night Live
was appreciated much critically. Despite a lot of feuds and controversies, Drake has managed to gain prominence and popularity that his melodious music rightly deserves.