Aurbey “Drake” Graham was born on October 24th, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Drake grew up being surrounded by music. His father, Dennis Graham was a drummer for legendary rock star Jerry Lee Lewis. With no surprise due to Drake’s musical background Drake began writing songs at the age of ten. The actor/rapper first gained his popularity from his role on the Canadian teen drama TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” as Jimmy Brooks in 2001. While still starring in Degrassi, he was in the process of transitioning into the music industry. By 2006 he released his first mixtape, Room For Improvement.
Followed by another mixtape in 2007 Come Back Season, which included his first single “Replacement Girl.” After finishing Degrassi in 2008 due to producers wanting a whole new cast, Drake thought that was it for him. But Drake got an unexpected call from rapper Lil Wayne, eventually resulting in him getting a recording contract with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
On June 15, 2010, Drake’s first studio album Thank Me Later was released, debuting number one on the Billboard 200 and labeling him “the prince of hip hop”. Living up to his expectations, Drake released another successful album Take Care in 2011. The album received a wide acclaim, winning the 2013 Grammy Award for the best rap album. In that same year his recent album was dropped, Nothing was the Same, reflecting on his personal struggles into his current success.