Born24 October 1986
1986–2005: The Early Years and acting career
Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada. Mother is a teacher, the father is Dennis Graham, a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis. His two uncles, Larry Graham and Tini Hodges are also musicians. Parents divorced when he was five years old and was raised by his mother in two blocks of Toronto; until 6th grade, he lived on Weston Road in the western part of the city, then moved to the rich Forest Hill. In his youth, he played youth hockey with the Weston Red Wings team. Drake commented on the move to Forest Hill and his mother’s efforts, saying that “She wanted the best for her family. She found us half a house in which we could live. Other people occupied the upper half, and we occupied the lower half. I lived in the basement, my mother is on the ground floor. It was not spacious, it was not luxurious. That was what we could afford.” Drake later went to Forest Hill High school, where he started to play, but never graduated from. It was the first of two high schools in which he studied. He later went to the Von Road Academy; so Aubrey spoke of his: “in no way is the simplest school for admission. It's a tough school.” Although he left it, years later, in October 2012, Drake completed his studies.
At the age of 15, Drake met an agent, the father of his friend. The agent found Drake the role of Jimmy Brooks in the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation. In the Brooks show, he was a basketball star who became disabled after a classmate shot him. Drake tells how his early acting career influenced his family: "My mother was very sick. We were very poor as if ruined. The only money I earned came from Canadian television, which did not bring enough income. The season on Canadian television is even less than a teacher’s salary.”
He started in Degrassi: The Next Generation until 2009 when his character graduated from Degrassi University. He eventually appeared in 139 episodes.
2006–2009: Mixtapes and So Far Gone
In early 2006, he released the mixtape Room for Improvement. In 2007, the second mixtape Comeback Season was released, thanks to which the singer became famous. On February 13, 2009, the third official mixtape So Far Gone was released.
He achieved success even before joining a major label, according to his management company hip-hop since 1978.
In June 2009, it became known that Drake's unofficial album, entitled ‘The Girls Love Drake’, went on sale on iTunes. An independent label that posted the fake album was soon sued. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart of July 4, 2009, two songs, “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl”, from ‘Young Money Entertainment’ entered the top ten on the 3rd and 10th places respectively. Drake is the second artist, whose two works first reached the top ten in the same week. The first was Canadian counterpart 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 that Furtado contributed to. On June 29, 2009, it was confirmed that Drake had signed with Young Money Entertainment, following Billboard calling it “one of the biggest offer wars of all time” when 3 major labels struggled to get Aubrey themselves. Drake toured with Wayne and other rap artists as part of America's Most Wanted Tour. On July 31, 2009, Drake, performing with a damaged knee, fell on stage during a performance of "Best I Ever Had" with Lil Wayne in Camden. Drake underwent surgery on September 8, 2009, on a torn anterior cruciate ligament. After rehabilitation, he was soon able to walk again. September 15, 2009, So Far Gone was released as a 7-track mini-album, five tracks from which migrated from the original mixtape. He debuted in 6th place on the Billboard 200. Since then, the album has been certified by the RIAA Gold with over 500,000 copies sold in the United States. On April 18, 2010, the album won the Rap Recording of the Year nomination at the 2010ruen Juno Awards.
On September 15, the single "Forever" was released, featuring Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West.
2010–2011: Thank Me Later
In May 2010, the debut album Thank Me Later was released, which was produced by Noah "40" Shebib and Boi-1da. The album received positive reviews from critics, debuted first in the Billboard 200, and sold 447,000 copies in its first week.
2011–2012: Take Care
On November 17, Drake tweeted that his next album would be called Take Care. Birdman also said that Drake's album will be released in May-April 2011: 9th Wonder is working on this album. Drake himself said that Take Care would be released on his birthday on October 24, but then, due to legal nuances and formalities, the album's release was postponed to November 15. Take Care has been praised by critics and listeners. Over the first week, 631,000 copies of the album were sold, and it debuted on the first line of the Billboard 200 chart.
2012–2013: OVO Sound and Nothing Was the Same
In early 2012, Drake and producer Noah "40" Shebib formed a label called OVO Sound. Drake and 40 represented OVO (October’s Very Own), which acted as an imprint label for the release of Aubrey mixtapes. The label is currently being published by Warner Bros. Records. The label signed its first artist, which became PartyNextDoorruen, as well as several producers: Boi-1da, T-Minus and Mike Zombie. In 2012, Jake One produced a song for Drake, which was originally supposed to be released before the third annual OVO Fest. A video of Drake presenting an unnamed song while smoking a hookah was published on June 26, 2012, on Vimeo video hosting. Alia’s previously unreleased Enough Said with two added Aubrey guest couplets was unveiled on the day of the concert.
In the UK, during a tour in support of Taking Care, Drake said in an interview that he had begun work on his third studio album. Recently, he worked with 40 and hoped to work with the producer of the title track with taking Care Jamie xx, while in the UK, and said that he needed Jamie for "more participation on my third record." Drake announced that the album will be in a different style, unlike the same Take Care.
Drake co-starred in Rick Ross' single "Diced Pineapples" with God Forgives, I Don’t and Poetic Justice songs by Kendrick Lamar with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and ASAP Rocky's Long Fuckin ’Problems. Live ASAP, which is also attended by Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. On December 5, 2012, it was announced that Drake's label, October’s Very Own, had entered into a distribution agreement with Warner Bros. Records.
Aubrey does not hide that this year his third solo album will be released, which will be called Nothing Was The Same. Drake announced the title of the upcoming album on February 10 at the Grammy Awards ceremony during a regular interview. On the same date, the first single “Started From the Bottom” is officially released in support of his words.
2015: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, What a Time to Be Alive
On February 12, 2015, Drake released the mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late without warning. On September 20, Drake released a joint mixtape with Atlanta rapper Future, What a Time to Be Alive, via the iTunes Store and Apple Music. The material was recorded in one week. Both mixtapes were certified platinum, and for Future What a Time to Be Alive was the first platinum project of his career.
In 2015, Drake opened a nightclub in the Toronto Air Canada Center, named by him Sher Club in memory of his grandfather and grandmother - Ruben and Evelyn Cher.
In July 2014, Drake announced the name of his fourth album: Views from the 6, but he had not yet begun recording it at that time.
On October 26, 2015, Drake released a video for the song “Hotline Bling,” which currently has collected over one billion views on YouTube.
On April 9, 2016, on OVO Sound Radio, it became known that the next Drake disc would be released on April 29.
April 29, 2016, the album Views, went on sale.
2017: More Life
Currently, there are three tracks from the album: "Fake Love", "Two Birds, One Stone" and "Sneakin" together with 21 Savage. On one of the airs, Drake announced that "More Life" will be released at the end of 2016, but soon the release of the album was postponed to next year for unknown reasons. This was announced by the artist's manager, Oliver El-Khatib, during a Saturday episode of OVO Sound Radio: “More Life will be released in 2017. Get ready for the news. ” The album was released March 19, 2017.
On December 24, 2019, Drake releases the video “War”, which was the first single in anticipation of the release of the new album “D6”. In the track, the rapper touches on themes of friendship and betrayal, recalling the former and current artists of his OVO label. In particular, he discusses his conflict with The Weekend, still calling him “family” despite long-standing disagreements between the artists.
Drake said that he was most influenced by Kanye West, J-Z, Tee Ai and his mentor Lil Wayne. Kanye West Drake refers to as one of his idols and favorite rappers in hip-hop. He revealed this topic in detail in an interview with MTV: "I can't sit still and say that he is not one of my idols, that he is not one of my favorite rappers. Regardless of the mood, I have ever felt, it does not matter. If you ask me what I think about Kanye West, I'll always find something positive to say.” Drake’s musical abilities are often compared to the West. He commented on this: “It is a great honor when I was a child trying to figure out what I like, he was the one I attributed to the most. He was an artist in full: from the design of his albums to his music. Now, I would say, he is truly an outstanding competitor ... and a friend at the same time. My goal is to surpass all his achievements. I don’t want to be as good as Kanye, I want to be better.”
Drake's texts often raise themes of wealth, fame, and past relationships. All music describes Drake's moods: search, thoughtfulness, introspection, reflection, self-confidence, drama, seriousness, energy, humor, intensity, ease/gentleness, literacy, melancholy, nostalgia, playfulness, smoothness, sensuality, cordiality. Most hip-hop listeners indicate Drake is "soft" for his sincere and merciful lyrics and soulful melodies. He rejected this, saying: "I am not soft. I'm just not one of those people who are emotionally closed.” Most of Drake’s work includes elements of both rap and singing, which made him unique as an artist. Drake even called himself “the first person to successfully perform rap and sing.” He went further than his statement, saying: “I am one of the few artists who remain themselves every day. I don’t have to spend six hours to get together, and I don’t get up in the morning, I don’t memorize how to behave or how to speak. I just remain myself. This is one of the favorite parts of my life - I made it clean, remaining myself.”
Drake has a unique musical style that sets him apart from his colleagues at Young Money. Touching on the Drake album Take Care, Lil Wayne commented on the project before its release: “I can say, you know, I don’t remember anyone else who could hurt so much for life, even I can’t. This guy is from another planet.” Recently, Drake made a noticeable departure from working with Young Money / Cash Money towards the new OVOXO project. OVO-owl symbolizes OVOXO - a separate organization from Young Money / Cash Money, representing an alliance between Drake and R & B-singer The Weekend. The owl's eyes and beak form the abbreviation for October's Very Own. Drake moved in this direction after the release of Taking Care, which contains 5 songs written together with the Weekend, ranging from Crew Love to Shot for Me, as well as two work on the production in Crew Love and The Ride.
Drake is one of the creators of the OVO Sound label. Also, he has his clothing line, a channel on Beats 1, and is also the worldwide representative of the NBA Toronto Raptors team.
- 2010 Thank Me Later
- 2010 Take Care
- 2013 Nothing Was the Same
- 2016 Views
- 2018 Scorpion
- 2010 Away from Home Tour
- 2012 Club Paradise Tour
- 2013-2014 Would You Like a Tour?
- 2015 Jungle Tour (six-date promotional tour)
- 2017 Boy Meets World Tour
- 2019 Assassination Vacation Tour
- 2009 'America's Most Wanted Tour' with Young Money
- 2014 'Drake vs. Lil Wayne' with Lil Wayne
- 2016 'Summer Sixteen Tour' with Future
- 2018 'Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour' with Migos
- 2007 Charlie Bartlett /Filme /
- A/V Jones /Roles/
- Minor role /Notes/
- 2008 Mookie's Law /Filme /
- Chet Walters /Roles/
- Short film /Notes/
- 2011 Breakaway /Filme /
- Himself /Roles/
- Cameo /Notes/
- 2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift /Filme /
- Ethan /Roles/
- Voice role /Notes/
- 2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues /Filme /
- Ron Burgundy fan /Roles/
- Cameo /Notes/
- 2014 Think Like a Man Too/Filme /
- Himself /Roles/
- Cameo /Notes/
- 2017 The Carter Effect /Filme /
- Himself /Roles/
- Documentary, also executive producer /Notes/
Drake’s Most Memorable Motivational Quotes
- “Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.”
- “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.”
- “Haters will broadcast your failures, but whisper your success.”
- “People will wish you all the success in the world and then hate you when you get it.”
- “Judge me, and you’ll have no time left to love me.”
- “It’s never too late to realize what you want in your life and it’s never wrong to fight for it.”
- “You know it’s real when you are who you think you are”
- “Smile and let everyone know that today, you’re a lot stronger than you were yesterday.”
- “Strength isn’t always shown in what you can hold on to, sometimes it’s shown in what you can let go of.”