Given Name: Aubrey Drake Graham
Aliases: Drizzy, Drizzy Drake, Champagne Papi
Occupations: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Early Life: Drake was born in Toronto, Ontario in Canada to a Jewish mother and an African-American father. At the age of 5, his parents divorced which led him live with his mother. This was something that would help him grow up pretty fast. His mother worked hard to give Drake a decent upbringing. He would then start acting when he began attending Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. When he started acting in Degrassi in his late teens, the small money would be used to help him and his mother who was ill.
Releases: Mixtapes: Room For Improvement (2006), Comeback Season (2007), So Far Gone (2009)
Albums: Thank Me Later (2010), Take Care (2011), Nothing Was The Same (2013) EPs: So Far Gone (2009)
Career Highlights: Drake’s early role in "Degrassi: The Next Generation" as Jimmy Brooks is what would help us to all be familiar with him when the time came to launch his rap career. Drizzy caught the eye of Lil Wayne which would lead him to being signed on Young Money. Today his first album initially released as an EP, So Far Gone is certified gold. Thank Me Later, his second album continued his success shooting in at number 1 on the Billboard Charts. In 2012, Drizzy picked up a MTV VMA for Best Hip Hop Video with "HYFR (Hell Yeah Fucking Right)". In the same, year with the help of Noah ‘40’ Shebib, he went onto create his own label OVO Sound. A year later he picked up a prestigious Grammy Award for Best Rap Album with Take Care. He is also a Global Ambassador for his favourite NBA team the Toronto Raptors.
Sound: Drake is best known for having a sound that allows emotion into hip hop. It is atmospheric, moody, and often very introspective with the rapper taking the time to delve into his own experiences with fame, wealth, love, and family. Drake in the past has also claimed that he is one of the few rappers who can be himself in his career and this is something that no doubt helps the appeal of his music.
Strengths: One of Drake’s biggest strengths without a doubt is his ability to both sing and rap. As a double threat, he has allowed himself to have unique selling point in hip hop. Drizzy’s delivery in rap is catchy, and he is able to combine his singing into hooks and other parts of his tracks. Drake also has a sound that is always futuristic and unique, casting himself aside from other rappers. His ability to act has also allowed him to be very much in demand in the presenting world.
What's Next: In July of this year, Drake announced the title of his fourth studio album, View From The 6. This is expected to be released in early 2015.
Latest Track: In late October, close to his birthday, Drake dropped a few new cuts, “6 God” and “Heat Of The Moment” and a week prior to this, “How About Now” also leaked.