Born on 24th October 1986, Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, actor, record producer, songwriter and singer. He first gained credit for his starring role as Jimmy Brooks on the TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation. After several years, Drake rose to fame as a rapper, releasing plenty of independent mixtapes. He then chose to sign to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
His EP, So Far Gone, spawned the singles “Successful”, “Best I Ever Had” and “I’m Goin’ In”, all topping in the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Drake’s first studio album, Thank Me Later, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the singles “Over”, “Find Your Love, “Fancy” and “Miss Me”. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), certified it Platinum.
Drake’s second album, Take Care, is his most popular to date, surpassing charts in the United States and Canada. This spawned the singles “The Motto”, “Headlines” and “Take Care”. In promotion of his second album, the freestyle rapper embarked on the international Club Paradise Tour. Guess what? This became the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, amassing over $42 million.
Soon after the second album, Drake went on to represent his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His third studio record, Nothing Was the Same, was extremely successful. This was supported by the singles “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started from the Bottom”. In 2015, he also debuted two mixtapes, What a Time to Be Alive and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
Drake’s fourth studio album was released in 2016. Known as Views, it was supported with the singles, “Pop Style”, “One Dance” and “Hotline Bling”. His latest album, Scorpion, was released in 2018. It was followed with the singles, “Nice for What”, “Nonstop”, “In My Feelings” and “God’s Plan”. These have all achieved immense success.
Drake is mostly known for his emotional lyrics and soft melody. Most of his songs have R&B and Canadian hip hop elements. He also likes to combine rapping with singing. His work has won him six BET Awards, three Juno Awards, a Grammy Award and set various important Billboard charts records. Currently, he has the most number-one singles on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
All of Drake’s commercial mixtapes and albums are certified diamond in Canada. Along with producer Noah “40” Shebib, Drake formed a record label called OVO Sound in 2012. He makes records under the pseudonym Champagne Papi. The famous rapper is also a member of the Forbes Five and a great fan of Toronto Raptors, his hometown NBA team. He is currently the global ambassador for the team.
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