Drake is a Canadian rapper and songwriter who has emerged as one of the best rappers in recent times. He started his career as an actor in the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation, but soon turned to music, which has been his childhood passion.
He started his musical journey with a number of rap songs that he wrote himself, gained popularity, then released his first album titled “So Far Gone”, and then to the release of four albums, “Thank Me Later”, “Take Care”, “Nothing Was the Same” and “Views”.
His songs feature lyrics that often talk about his personal experiences and relationships with women. Drake’s childhood was different from most other rappers, and the idea of growing up in a neighborhood with guns and drugs angered him.
Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto – Canada, his father was a drummer for legendary musician Jerry Lee Lewis, and his mother Sandy Graham was an English teacher and florist.
His parents divorced when he was five, after which his mother took him to Toronto, and his father returned to America and settled in Memphis, where Drake occasionally visited.
His childhood was spent near Weston Street in a working-class neighborhood of the city, his family moved after sixth grade to Forest Hill, a more affluent neighborhood in the city, Drake later dropped out of school and completed his high school diploma in 2012.
Drake lived through much suffering as a young man, his father being caught trying to cross the border, his mother struggling to support the family, and bullying at his mostly white school for being a black-only Jew.
In 2001, Drake started acting after his friend’s father, who is an agent on his behalf, offered him a role in the Canadian drama series Degrassi: The Next. He played Jimmy Brooks, a wheelchair-bound basketball player, and the series had 145 episodes.
He worked on a number of other TV series over the subsequent years, including «Soul Food», «Being Erica» and «Sophie» and also appeared as a guest on «Beyond the Break», «Saturday Night Live» and «Punk’d». He worked as a dubbing for the movie «Ice Age: Continental Drift».
Drake has been associated with many women, however, his most famous romantic relationship is his relationship with singer Rihanna, where they first met in 2005, then became close and worked together several times, but then separated, re-Rihanna’s relationship with Chris Brown. In 2012, a girl named Erica revealed herself to be his ex-girlfriend and claimed he used her voice in the song «Marvins Room» and sued for money, while Drake’s lawyer initially refuted the allegations, reaching an out-of-court settlement in 2013. He began dating Singer Jennifer Lopez in late 2016, and often posted photos together on their social media accounts, however, it was known about his attempts to get back with Rihanna again and this affected his relationship with Lopez. As for Drake’s religion, beliefs, and original sect, he was born into a Jewish family
After gaining fame in acting, he decided to release his first rap song on the album «Room for Improvement».
He followed it up with another album next year «Comeback Season», which contained the song «Replacement Girl», which gained great fame and made him famous as a singer for the first time.
He released a third album, «So Far Gone», which was free on his own record site, which consisted of a group of songs such as «Best I Ever Had» and «Successful», and achieved great commercial success.
His first album «Thank Me Later» was released on June 15, 2010, where he continued his preparations for nearly two years, and among the most prominent artists he dealt with were Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, and «Find Your Love» reached the top ten in many charts. competitions.
He released his second album on November 15, 2011 «Take Care» which contained singles such as «Make Me Proud» featuring Nicki Minaj and «Take Care» featuring Rihanna, earning him his first Grammy Award for the album.
In his third album «Nothing Was the Same» (2013), he continued his journey to fame, and opened the doors to many positive reviews like his predecessors.
His fourth album, «Views», was released on April 29, 2016. It contained five singles including the winning single «Hotline Bling», «Pop Style» featuring Kanye West and Jay-Z, and «Too Good» featuring Rihanna.
Recently, he released another song collection titled “More Life” on March 18, 2017.
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Drake achieved fame with his debut album «Thank Me Later», which peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album sold 1.83 million copies in the US and was certified platinum in Canada and the US.
His second album, «Take Care», debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling more than 631,000 copies in its first week.
«Nothing Was the Same», his third studio album, received much acclaim and commercial success, and was named album of the year by several magazines. The album sold over 1.78 million copies in the United States alone, and attained platinum status in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
So far, Drake has received 3 Grammy Awards out of 35 nominations, his album «Take Care» was named «Best Rap Album» in 2013, while «Hotline Bling» won two awards in 2017, winning a total of 80 awards from 330 has been nominated for it over the years.