Aubrey Drake Graham popularly known by his stage name as Drake is a famous Canadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and an actor. He was born on 24th October 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He is currently 31 years old. Drake first gained global recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” in the early 2000s.
Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father’s name is Dennis Graham, he is an African-American and practicing Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee. He was a former drummer who performed alongside Jerry Lee Lewis. His mother’s name is Sandra Graham, she is a white Ashkenazi Jewish Canadian. She was a former English teacher and florist.
Drake attended a Jewish day school, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He is a dual citizen of the United States of America and Canada. His parents divorced when he was just five years old. After the divorce of his parents, he and his mother remained in Toronto, while his father returned to Memphis, where he was jailed for many years on drug-related charges.
Drake attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he demonstrated an affinity for the arts. He started acting while still a student at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. He later attended Vaughan Road Academy in the city’s multicultural Oakwood-Vaughan neighborhood.
Drake was often bullied in school for his racial and religious background, and upon realizing that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his aspiring acting career, Drake dropped out of school. He later went back to school after he had become famous and graduated in October 2012.
Drake first gained worldwide and international recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” in the early 2000s. Due to his intent and determination on pursuing a career as a rapper, Drake departed the drama television series in 2007 following the release of his first debut mixtape “Room for Improvement”.
He also released two further independent projects titled “Comeback Season” and “So Far Gone” before signing to Lil Waynes’ Young Money Entertainment record label in June 2009.
In 2010, he released his first debut studio album “Thank Me Later” which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, and was subsequently certified platinum. In 2011, he released his second debut studio album “Take Care” and in 2013, he released his third debut studio album “Nothing Was The Same” which received both critical and commercial success.
His third album earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. In 2015, he released two mixtapes, both of which earned him platinum certification in the United States. In 2016, he released his fourth studio album “Views” which broke several chart records. His fourth studio album became the first album by a male solo artist to remain at the top of the Billboard 200 for 13 non consecutive weeks in over 10 years.
His fourth album’s second single “One Dance” became his first number-one single as a lead artist. The hit single “One Dance” achieved platinum status in the United States for three consecutive times. His fourth album lead single “Hotline Bling” received Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song of the Year.
In 2017, he released his fifth debut studio album “Playlist” with hit single like “More Life”. In 2018, he released his sixth debut studio album “Double Album Scorpion” with hit singles like “God’s Plan”, “Nice for What” and “In My Feelings”. Drake holds several Billboard chart records. He has the most charted songs among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.
He also has the most number one singles on the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Charts. Drake has received several achievements, accolades and awards including three Grammy Awards, three Juno Awards, six American Music Awards and thirteen Billboard Music Awards.
Drake is also the RIAA’s top certified digital single artist, having moved 142 million units of digital singles in the United States. Drake is one of the best selling music artists of the 21st century, he has sold more than 10 million albums and 86 million singles globally. In 2018, USA Today declared him the biggest artist of the year. Aside from music, Drake is also an entrepreneur.
He is the founder of the OVO Sound record label with his long time collaborator “40”. Drake own a radio program on Beats 1 and a clothing line, both utilizing and using the “OVO” moniker. Drake is not yet married but has a child with one of his babymama.
Drake is currently one of the richest and most influential hip hop rapper and artist in the United States of America and Canada with an estimated net worth of $100 million.