Occupation: Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, businessman
Birthday: October 24, 1986
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Nationality: Canada and United States
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper and actor. Among the world’s best-selling music artists, with over 170 million records sold, Drake is ranked as the highest-certified digital singles artist in the United States.
Drake’s parents divorced when he was five years old and after the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto; his father returned to Memphis, where he was incarcerated for a number of years on drug-related charges. Prior to his dad’s arrest, he would travel to Toronto and bring Drake to Memphis every summer.
Drake first grew up in the city’s working-class west end until grade six, playing minor hockey. He then moved to one of the city’s affluent neighborhoods, Forest Hill, in 2000.
He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he demonstrated an affinity for the arts, first acting while an active student at the school. Upon realizing that his busy school schedule was detrimental to his acting career, Drake dropped out of school.
Degrassi: The Next Generation
At the age of 15, Drake was introduced to a high school friend’s father, an acting agent. The agent found Drake a role on the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake portrayed Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. Drake regularly arrived late on set after spending nights recording music.
- Early mixtapes and So Far Gone
After becoming inspired by Jay-Z and Clipse, Drake self-released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement, in 2006. Room for Improvement was released for sale only and sold roughly 6,000 copies, or which Drake received $304.04 in royalties. In 2007, he released his second mixtape Comeback Season. Drake was later invited by Lil Wayne to join his Tha Carter III tour. Throughout the tour, Drake and Lil Wayne recorded multiple songs together, including “Forever.”
In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape So Far Gone and it received over 2,000 downloads in the first 2 hours of release. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200.
Due to the success of the mixtape, Drake was the subject of a bidding war from various labels, often reported as “one of the biggest bidding wars ever”. Eventually, Drake was rumored to have secured a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Thank Me Later and Take Care
On March 9, 2010, Drake released the debut single “Over”, which peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and it peaked at number five on the Hot 100, and was certified Platinum.
Thank Me Later was released on June 15, 2010, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 447,000 copies in its first week. The album became the top selling debut album for any artist in 2010, and featured Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay Z.
“Headlines” was released on August 9 as the lead single for Take Care.
Take Care was released on November 15, 201. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, The album’s third and fourth singles, “The Motto” and Take Care”, were released on November 29, 2011and February 21, 2012, respectively. Each song was subject to commercial success, while also having large societal impacts, with “The Motto” credited for popularizing the phrase “YOLO” in the United States.
Nothing Was the Same and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
His third album was released in the wake of his win for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The album’s second single, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, became the most successful single off the album.
Nothing Was the Same was released on September 24, 2013, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 658,000 copies sold in its first week of release. The album debuted atop the charts in Canada, Denmark, Australia and the United Kingdom. The album was also reported to have sold over 1,720,000 copies in the United States. The tour ended up grossing an estimated $46 million.
In 2015, Drake released If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late onto iTunes with no prior announcement.
What a Time to Be Alive, Views, and More Life
On July 31, 2015, Drake released four singles: “Back to Back”, “Charged Up”, “Hotline Bling”, and “Right Hand”.
More Life set a streaming record, becoming the highest ever streamed album in 24 hours, with a total of 89.9 million streams on Apple Music alone. The album also garnered 61.3 million streams on Spotify, dethroning Ed Sheeran’s ÷ as the highest opening on the service in a single day.
Scorpion and Care Package; return to television
Drake earned his 70th top 40 entry after featuring on the Migos song “Walk It Talk It”, which debuted at number eighteen, and peaked at number ten.
After “Nice For What” replaced his own “God’s Plan” on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, making him the first artist to have a new number-one debut replace their former number-one debut.
He then released “I’m Upset” on May 26 as the album’s third single. Scorpion was then released as a double-album, and marked Drake’s longest project, with a run-time of just under 90 minutes. The album broke both the one-day global records on Spotify and Apple Music, as it gained 132.45 million and 170 million plays on each streaming service, respectively.
He then appeared on the Travis Scott album Astroworld, featuring uncredited vocals for his song “Sicko Mode”, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Certified Lover Boy
Certified Lover Boy was then released on September 3, 2021, becoming his tenth number-one album on the Billboard 200; every song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album was the first to chart nine songs on the top 10, with “Way 2 Sexy” becoming Drake’s ninth number-one single.
The name is an abbreviation derived from the October’s Very Own moniker Drake used to publish his earlier projects. The label is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records. The label artists include Drake, PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, Roy Woods, and dvsn, as well as producers including 40, Boi-1da, Nineteen85, and Future the Prince.
In 2013, Drake was announced as the new “global ambassador” of the Toronto Raptors, joining the executive committee of the NBA franchise. He would also provide consulting services to rebrand the team, helping to redesign its image and clothing line.
In 2013, Drake announced he was signing with Nike and Air Jordan. In 2020, A Bathing Ape announced a collaboration with Drake, releasing an OVO x BAPE collection of clothing. He also partnered with candle manufacturer Revolve to create “Better World Fragrance”, a line of scented candles.
In 2020, Drake announced Nocta, a sub-label with Nike.
Net Worth: $200 Million
Drake is one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world. Since first gaining mainstream success, Drake has earned more than $430 million in his career before taxes and lifestyle costs.
Drake’s Earnings by Year:
2010: $10 million
2011: $11 million
2012: $21 million
2013: $11 million
2014: $33 million
2015: $40 million
2016: $40 million
2017: $95 million
2018: $47 million
2019: $75 million
2020: $50 million