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Drake Biography (UPDATE)

VO: Matt Campbell
A rising star that just keeps on rising, Drake is quickly becoming one of hip hop's biggest names. In this bio update, takes a look at what Drake has accomplished since we first published his biography in 2011. Surprising fans with If You're Reading This It's Too Late in early 2015, Drake continues to prove why he has become a household name in music. Whether he releases his heavily anticipated Views from the 6ix or not, we know we will be listening.

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Drake Biography (UPDATE)

Aubrey Drake Graham, otherwise known as Drake, was born on October 24th, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario. He began acting in high school and his first major role was playing Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian television series, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”

Music and Mixtapes

However, he had always been attracted to music. So in 2006, Drake released his first mixtape, Room for Improvement, via MySpace and his website. He followed that up with a second mixtape, Comeback Season, which produced the single, “Replacement Girl” with Trey Songz. It was accompanied by a music video that made Drake the first unsigned Canadian rapper to be featured on the television channel, BET.

Lil Wayne and Young Money

He began working with rapper Lil Wayne and eventually released mixtape number three, So Far Gone, in 2007. It spawned two popular singles, “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful,” which started a bidding war between several labels who wanted to get Drake on their rosters. He eventually signed a record contract with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and released the So Far Gone EP, which debuted in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 and also won him a 2010 Juno Award.


After playing show dates with artists such as Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and Young Jeezy as part of the America’s Most Wanted tour, Drake prepared his first official album. Thank Me Later, with guest appearances by Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and T.I., was released in June 2010. The record debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart, thanks to singles such as “Over,” “Find Your Love” and “Miss Me.”

More Acting

Drake also continued to act. For instance, he appeared in the 2007 movie, “Charlie Bartlett,” acted in the short film, “Mookie’s Law” and voiced a role in the 2011 video game, “Gears of War 3.”

A Star on the Rise

As he makes more music, collaborates with more artists and takes on more acting roles, it is clear that Drake’s career is on the rise. And at this rate, it is sure to keep on going.


Success continued to find Drake with his 2011 album Take Care. The first single, Headlines, did well to grab the ears of listeners, while the title track featuring Rihanna furthered his cred in the business. And if that wasn’t enough, Drake took home the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy awards for Take Care. Although, it doesn’t look like he “took care” of the Grammy itself…

Not one to rest on his laurels, Drake officially formed his own record label OVO Sound in 2012 with long time friends Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib. After selling OVO merchandise and shouting it out since his early mixtapes, OVO Sound signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. As of 2015, the label houses artists like PartyNextDoor and ILoveMakkonnen.

After winning a Grammy for Take Care in 2013, Drake released another album in the same year which built on the fame he garnered from his award winning release. Titled Nothing Was the Same, nothing seemed to be the same, as hits like Worst Behavior, Started From The Bottom, and Hold on We’re Going Home propelled Drakes fame even further.

Though he spent much of 2013 and 2014 touring, Drake released a surprise mixtape in February of 2015 titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Though fans were grateful, there was also mass confusion as it was unclear whether this was a one-off mixtape of leftover tracks, or if the mixtape was replacing the previously rumoured Views From The 6 album. That aside, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late shot straight to number one on the Billboard 200 as it sold over 535,000 copies in its first week of sales.

After being named as the Toronto Raptors global ambassador, selling millions of records and developing the OVO brand, the former child star from the 6 is far from the bottom now.

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