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Drake: Biography, Success Story, Canadian Rapper

Drake Biography
Drake Biography

Drake’s biography unfolds like a captivating script from his humble beginnings in Toronto to his ascent as a global music icon, illustrating a remarkable success story. His discography, highlighted by albums such as Take CareViews, and Scorpion, alongside his ventures into business and philanthropy, paints a portrait of an artist who transcends the boundaries of hip-hop and R&B.

Introduction

Aubrey Drake Graham, born on October 24, 1986, is a celebrated Canadian rapper and singer known for his significant impact on contemporary music, notably for blending R&B elements into hip-hop. Drake first caught the public’s eye as Jimmy Brooks on the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation from 2001 to 2008. Embarking on a music career in 2006, he released his initial mixtape, Room for Improvement. He continued to gain momentum with Comeback Season in 2007 and So Far Gone in 2009, eventually signing with Young Money Entertainment.

His early albums, Thank Me Later (2010), Take Care (2011), and Nothing Was the Same (2013), saw significant commercial success and featured hits like “Find Your Love” and “Started from the Bottom.” Views, his fourth album released in 2016, dominated the charts for 13 weeks and included chart-toppers like “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance,” the latter influencing pop music’s embrace of dancehall and Afrobeats. Scorpion (2018) followed, launching three number-one singles, and was succeeded by Certified Lover Boy (2021), breaking records with its nine top-ten hits. Drake continued to innovate, releasing Honestly, Nevermind, and continued collaboration on Her Loss with 21 Savage in 2022 and For All the Dogs in 2023, all contributing to his chart dominance.

Beyond music, Drake is a savvy entrepreneur. He founded OVO Sound with 40 in 2012, became the Toronto Raptors’ “global ambassador” in 2013, and engaged in ventures like Virginia Black whiskey and the Nocta collaboration with Nike. His business ventures extend to owning part of A.C. Milan soccer club in 2022 and contributing significantly to Toronto’s tourism revenue.

As one of the world’s top-selling artists with over 170 million records sold, Drake has amassed numerous accolades, including five Grammy Awards and the title of the highest-certified digital singles artist in the US He shares a record with Michael Jackson for the most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and holds multiple records across the Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop charts, underscoring his influential presence in music over the years.

Enjoy reading Drake’s comprehensive biography and success story.

Early Life

Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, on October 24, 1986. His father, Dennis Graham, an African-American drummer from Memphis who played alongside Jerry Lee Lewis, and his mother, Sandra “Sandi” Graham, a Canadian of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, worked as an English teacher and florist. They met in Toronto, and through his father, Drake has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. Drake attended a Jewish day school growing up and celebrated his bar mitzvah.

After his parents divorced when he was five, Drake stayed in Toronto with his mother while his father, facing legal troubles, moved back to Memphis. Despite these challenges, Drake spent summers in Memphis with his father, who later contested Drake’s portrayal of him as an absent father, a claim Drake disputes.

Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. – Drake Click To Tweet

Drake grew up in two different Toronto neighborhoods. Initially, he lived in the working-class area of Weston Road, playing minor hockey and attending Weston Memorial Junior Public School. Following a move to the more affluent Forest Hill neighborhood in 2000, Drake lived in a modest home, sharing with another family. He even appeared in a comedic sketch for the 1997 NHL Awards at age 10.

Drake attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and then Vaughan Road Academy for his education, where he faced bullying and challenges related to his mixed-racial and religious background. During his teenage years, he also worked at his maternal grandfather’s furniture factory. His passion for acting marked his early life, leading him to drop out of school to pursue his career, although he eventually earned his high school diploma in October 2012.

2001–2009: Career Beginnings

At the age of 15, Drake began his journey in the entertainment industry when a friend’s father, an acting agent, secured him a role on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. In the show, he played Jimmy Brooks, a high school basketball star whose life changes dramatically after a classmate shoots him. This early acting opportunity came at a time when Drake and his mother were struggling financially, making his earnings from the show especially crucial. Drake’s commitment to both his acting and budding music career often led to late arrivals on set, a challenge he navigated by striking a deal with security to allow him late entry and facilitating late-night recording sessions.

Musically influenced by artists like Jay-Z and Clipse, Drake embarked on his musical journey with the self-released mixtape Room for Improvement in 2006, which featured collaborations with Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco. Despite its modest sales of about 6,000 copies, Drake was undeterred, earning his first concert opening for Ice Cube in August of the same year. His second mixtape, Comeback Season, released in 2007 from his own label, October’s Very Own, featured “Replacement Girl” with Trey Songz. This project caught the attention of Lil Wayne, who invited Drake to join him on tour, leading to several collaborative tracks between the two.

Drake’s third mixtape, So Far Gone, released in 2009, marked a significant turning point in his career. Available for free download, it featured prominent artists like Lil Wayne and Trey Songz and achieved mainstream success with hits “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful,” both of which earned Platinum certification. The mixtape’s success led to a re-release as an EP, which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and won the Rap Recording of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards.

The buzz from So Far Gone incited a major label bidding war, culminating in Drake signing with Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. He joined the label’s America’s Most Wanted Tour but experienced a setback when he injured his knee during a performance, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. This injury notwithstanding, Drake’s early career was marked by a relentless pursuit of musical and acting excellence, setting the stage for his future successes.

2010–2012: Musical Breakthrough with Thank Me Later and Take Care

In the early stages of his music career, Drake set out to release his first album, Thank Me Later, initially planned for late 2008. However, it faced several delays before finally launching on June 15, 2010. His journey into the music scene kicked off with the release of “Over” on March 9, 2010, which climbed to number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and led the Rap Songs chart. This track and his second single, “Find Your Love,” which hit number five on the Hot 100 and went 3× Multi-Platinum, marked Drake’s entry into the limelight. The video for “Find Your Love” stirred controversy in Jamaica, drawing criticism from a governmental official. Other singles like “Miss Me” and “Fancy” also saw success, with the latter earning Drake a Grammy nomination.

Thank Me Later debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, selling over 447,000 copies in the first week, and was the best-selling debut album of 2010. However, a free concert in New York to promote the album was canceled due to safety concerns over the crowd size. Following this, Drake embarked on the Away from Home Tour, covering 78 shows and culminating in the launch of the first OVO Festival as part of his commitment to an eco-friendly approach.

Drake aimed for a more cohesive sound for his next project, Take Care, working closely with producer Noah “40” Shebib. He released promotional singles “Dreams Money Can Buy” and “Marvins Room” in 2011, with the latter achieving significant success and certification. “Headlines,” the lead single from Take Care, further solidified Drake’s standing in the music world, achieving multi-platinum status.

Take Care dropped on November 15, 2011, to widespread acclaim, later winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album. Its singles, including “The Motto,” which popularized the acronym YOLO, and the title track “Take Care,” featuring Rihanna, garnered substantial commercial success and critical acclaim, with the music video for “Take Care” receiving four MTV VMA nominations. “HYFR” was another hit single from the album, going 2× Multi-Platinum.

In addition to his music, Drake returned to acting and continued his live performances. In 2012, he released “Enough Said,” a posthumous collaboration with Aaliyah, and led the Club Paradise Tour, the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, grossing over $42 million. He also lent his voice to the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, showcasing his versatility as an artist and performer.

2013–2015: Nothing Was the Same and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

During the European part of his Club Paradise Tour, Drake laid the groundwork for his third studio album. He confirmed that Noah “40” Shebib would return as the executive producer and mentioned British producer Jamie xx would influence the new album, signaling a departure from the style of his previous work, Take Care. Following his Grammy win for Best Rap Album in February 2013, Drake announced Nothing Was the Same and dropped its first single, shifting away from the ambient sounds and introspective lyrics that had characterized his earlier music.

Nothing Was the Same hit the shelves on September 24, 2013, immediately topping the US Billboard 200 chart by selling 658,000 copies in its first week. The album, which saw number one debuts in multiple countries, including Canada and the UK, was praised for its musical evolution, drawing comparisons to Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak. With sales exceeding 1.72 million copies in the U.S., Drake supported the album with the “Would You Like a Tour?” from late 2013 to early 2014, which became one of the year’s top tours, earning around $46 million.

Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time. – Drake Click To Tweet

Drake made a notable return to acting in January 2014 by hosting Saturday Night Live and performing as the musical guest, where his wide-ranging talents received widespread acclaim. Later, in 2014, he hinted at working on his fourth studio effort. Without warning, Drake released If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late on iTunes in February 2015. The project sparked discussions about whether it was an album or a mixtape, but its commercial success solidified it as his fourth major release under Cash Money Records. Despite rumors that the project might mark Drake’s departure from the label, he stayed with Cash Money. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late broke the million-unit sales mark in 2015, underscoring Drake’s enduring appeal and versatility as an artist.

2015–2017: What a Time to Be AliveViews, and More Life

In a whirlwind of musical achievement between 2015 and 2017, Drake released several successful projects, beginning with four singles on July 31, 2015, including the chart-topping “Hotline Bling.” Following this, a collaborative mixtape with Future titled What a Time to Be Alive dropped on September 20, 2015, quickly hitting number one on the Billboard 200 and marking Drake as the first hip-hop artist since 2004 to achieve two number-one projects in the same year. This mixtape eventually earned a 2× Multi-Platinum certification.

In early 2016, Drake teased his fourth studio album, initially called Views from the 6, but later shortened to just Views. The promotional single “Summer Sixteen” was released, stirring controversy and discussions among critics. Leading singles “Pop Style” and “One Dance” followed, with “One Dance” securing Drake’s first number-one single in several countries, including the US and Canada.

Views was exclusively released on April 29, 2016, through Apple Music and iTunes. It showcases Drake’s most commercially successful album to date. For thirteen weeks, it dominated the Billboard 200 and achieved notable streaming numbers despite receiving mixed reviews from critics.

Drake also appeared on Saturday Night Live as a host and musical guest in May 2016 and embarked on the Summer Sixteen Tour with Future. The tour set records as the highest-grossing hip-hop tour at the time. In July 2016, Drake hinted at a new project, More Life, later described as a “playlist of original music,” released in March 2017 to positive reviews and record-breaking streaming numbers. More Life topped the Billboard 200 and set a new standard for streaming in its first 24 hours.

During this period, Drake also made significant appearances in the music video for “Child’s Play,” released the Please Forgive Me short film, and was a major winner at the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Other highlights included announcing the Boy Meets World Tour and collaborating on a project with Kanye West.

Drake’s influence extended beyond music; he hosted the inaugural NBA Awards in June 2017 and was featured in the documentary The Carter Effect. His continuous presence on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive years, coupled with a record 13 awards at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, underscored his dominance in the music industry during these years.

2018–2019: Scorpion and Care Package; Return to Television

In 2018, Drake kicked off the year with the release of Scary Hours, a mini EP that marked his first solo venture since More Life. The EP included hits like “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan,” the latter soaring to the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming Drake’s first solo track to achieve this feat. “God’s Plan” also earned a Diamond certification, positioning it among the highest-certified digital singles in the US. Drake continued to make waves with his feature on BlocBoy JB’s debut single “Look Alive,” helping him set a record for the most top 10 hits on the Hot 100 by a rapper.

April saw the release of “Nice for What,” a lead single from his fifth studio album, Scorpion, which uniquely replaced another one of his tracks, “God’s Plan,” at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Scorpion, released on June 29, 2018, was Drake’s most extensive project to date and broke streaming records on Spotify and Apple Music upon release. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, solidifying Drake’s presence in the music industry.

The album’s single “In My Feelings” achieved number-one status, earning Drake the title for most number-one hits among rappers. He also featured on Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” from the album Astroworld, which hit number one on the Hot 100. In July 2018, Drake announced plans to refocus on television and film projects, including producing series like Euphoria and Top Boy, and embarked on the Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour with Migos. He also teamed up with Bad Bunny for “Mia,” showcasing his versatility by performing in Spanish.

In 2019, Drake won his fourth Grammy Award for Best Rap Song with “God’s Plan” amid controversy during his acceptance speech at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. February marked the 10th anniversary of his third mixtape, So Far Gone, which he re-released on streaming services. To celebrate the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship win, he released “Omertà” and “Money in the Grave” in The Best in the World Pack EP in June. Following this, in August, Drake released Care Package, a compilation album of previously unreleased songs from 2010 to 2016, which also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, continuing his streak of musical success.

2019–2021: Dark Lane Demo Tapes and Certified Lover Boy

In the latter part of 2019, Drake released “War” on December 24, drawing attention to its UK drill influence. The very next day, he announced he was finalizing his sixth studio album. By April 3, 2020, he unveiled “Toosie Slide” alongside a dance-themed music video in collaboration with Toosie, a social media influencer. This track landed number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Drake the first male artist to debut three songs at the top spot.

On May 1, 2020, Drake released Dark Lane Demo Tapes, a commercial mixtape featuring collaborations with artists like Chris Brown and Future. This collection, which blended new tracks with previously leaked ones, debuted at number two in the US and topped the UK Albums Chart despite receiving mixed critiques.

Drake hinted at a summer 2020 release for his next album, Certified Lover Boy. The release of “Laugh Now Cry Later” in August, featuring Lil Durk, served as an early taste of the album, achieving a number two spot on the Hot 100 and a Grammy nomination. Despite initial plans for a January 2021 release, Drake delayed the album due to a knee injury.

Drake broke Spotify’s record with over 50 billion streams in early 2021. He followed up in March with Scary Hours 2 EP, making history again as the first artist to debut three songs in the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100. That year, he was celebrated as Artist of the Decade at the Billboard Music Awards.

Certified Lover Boy, launched on September 3, 2021, marked Drake’s tenth number-one album on the Billboard 200. It set records with every track charting on the Hot 100 and nine songs hitting the top 10 simultaneously. The album and its single “Way 2 Sexy” received Grammy nominations, amidst Drake being honored as Billboard’s Top Artist of 2021 and ranking as the fourth most streamed artist on Spotify for the year. Despite these accolades, Drake withdrew his Grammy nominations amidst reports of his complex relationship with the Recording Academy. Drake’s influence was undeniable, with 8.6 billion on-demand streams in 2021, highlighting his status as the year’s most streamed artist in the United States.

2022–present: Honestly, NevermindHer LossFor All the Dogs and Planned Hiatus

In 2022, Drake continued to make headlines, starting with being ranked fourth by Forbes as one of the highest-paid rappers of 2021, boasting an estimated pre-tax income of $50 million. His streaming success was unparalleled, with his 2021 streams surpassing the total streams of all songs released before 1980. He achieved his tenth number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Wait for U,” a collaboration with Future, joining an elite group of artists with ten or more number-one hits.

Drake’s business acumen shone through as he re-signed with Universal Music Group in May, landing a deal rumored to be worth around $400 million, one of the most lucrative in music history. He then surprised fans with his seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, released in June, quickly becoming his eleventh US number-one album. The album’s success solidified his place among music legends, with over 10 number-one albums to his name.

In July, Drake planned a reunion concert series in Toronto with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, demonstrating his enduring influence and popularity. His track “Staying Alive” made history by becoming his 30th top-five song on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing The Beatles’ long-standing record.

In October, Drake announced Her Loss, a collaborative album with 21 Savage. Upon release, it topped the charts and added to Drake’s record for the most top ten entries on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite his commercial success, Drake chose not to submit his music for Grammy consideration for the second year in a row.

2023 continued to be a monumental year for Drake, with four Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for his contributions to Beyoncé’s Renaissance. He was also named the most streamed act on Spotify. Announcing his eighth studio album, For All the Dogs, through a poetry book teaser, Drake released “Slime You Out” with SZA as the lead single, which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Following up with “8AM in Charlotte,” Drake demonstrated his relentless creativity and continued dominance in the music industry.

Musical Style

Drake is widely recognized in the music industry as a pioneering pop-rap artist. His musical journey has evolved significantly over the years. Initially grounded in hip-hop and R&B, his later works have embraced pop and trap influences, mainly since Nothing Was the Same was released in 2013 and Views in 2016. Drake’s sound has also been shaped by various regional music styles, including Jamaican dancehall and UK drill, showcasing his versatility and willingness to experiment with different genres.

Noted for his lyrical dexterity, Drake’s music frequently explores themes of egotism, technical prowess, and introspective narratives, especially concerning his interactions with women. His vocal style is distinctive, skillfully blending assertive rap with melodic singing, creating a highly acclaimed and commercially successful contrast. This unique blend owes partly to his father, who encouraged him to incorporate singing into his rap, a technique further supported by Lil Wayne.

My mother made me truly appreciate women. – Drake Click To Tweet

Drake’s approach to R&B is marked by its minimalist beats and seamless fusion of rap and singing, a style that has dominated the charts and influenced a wave of artists. His lyrics often navigate between boasting and emotional vulnerability, with a penchant for transforming traditional themes of wealth, drug use, and relationships into nuanced narratives that challenge conventional interpretations.

His contribution to the genre has been described as “hyper-reality rap,” focusing on the nuances of fame and its distinction from ordinary life. Through his innovative use of language and the blending of subjective and objective perspectives within his lyrical delivery, Drake has mastered the art of creating music that resonates with a broad audience, maintaining a delicate balance between various elements of sound and storytelling.

Awards and Achievements

Drake is the most accredited digital singles artist in the United States, with a staggering 142 million units moved, a sum derived from both sales and on-demand streams. His single “God’s Plan” leads with an impressive 15× Platinum certification, closely followed by Diamond-certified hits “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance.” As the 2010s’ most streamed artist on Spotify, Drake’s influence and popularity are undeniable.

His achievements on the Billboard Hot 100 are unparalleled, holding records for the most charted songs by any artist (329), the highest number of top 10 singles (77), and the most top 10 debuts (61), among several others. His streak of 431 consecutive weeks on the chart underscores his consistent presence in the music scene. Drake’s 13 number-one songs further cement his status as a rap icon, sharing a record with the Beatles for dominating the Hot 100’s top five in a single week.

Drake’s Grammy Awards tally stands at four wins from 47 nominations, reflecting his critical acclaim and commercial success. He has also set a record with 29 Billboard Music Awards wins, including a historic 13 awards in one night in 2017, surpassing Adele’s previous record. Billboard’s recognition of him as Artist of the Decade in 2021 attests to his significant impact on the music industry over the years.

His albums have achieved commercial success and received critical acclaim, with Nothing Was the Same being highlighted among the best albums of the decade and Take Care being recognized in Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Acknowledged as the “Best Rapper Alive” in several years by Complex, Drake’s prowess and versatility as an artist have been consistently recognized, making him a defining figure in modern music.

Drake has encountered several legal issues throughout his career, ranging from personal safety incidents to various lawsuits. In 2009, he was robbed at gunpoint in Toronto, losing valuable items, but the charges against the perpetrators mainly were dropped, with only conspiracy to commit armed robbery remaining. In 2017, Mesha Collins broke into his home, filing a dismissed $4 billion lawsuit against him for defamation, leading Drake to obtain a restraining order against her in 2022. Additionally, there have been attempts to break into his homes in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Drake’s music has also been a source of legal contention. Ericka Lee sued him over using her voice in “Marvins Room,” which was settled out of court. He faced copyright lawsuits for sampling in “Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2” and for lyric use in “Who Do You Love?”, the former of which he won, and the latter settled by compensating rapper Rappin’ 4-Tay. Furthermore, he’s been involved in lawsuits related to nightclub incidents and has been implicated in a copyright infringement suit regarding “No Guidance,” although he was later dropped from the case.

In 2017, producer Detail (Noel Fisher) alleged assault by Drake’s bodyguard, a case dismissed for lack of evidence. Drake, along with Odell Beckham Jr. and Younes Bendjima, was sued by Bennett Sipes over an alleged assault outside an L.A. nightclub, which was settled out of court. He was also named in a lawsuit following the Astroworld Festival tragedy and sued by Condé Nast for unauthorized use of the Vogue name to promote Her Loss, a lawsuit that was settled. Additionally, there was controversy over a deposition in the XXXTentacion murder trial, with claims of improper service leading to the deposition being dismissed.

These incidents highlight the complex intersection of fame, personal life, and legal challenges that Drake has navigated in his career.

Feuds

Drake’s career has been marked by musical success and a series of high-profile feuds with other artists.

  • One notable conflict was with Chris Brown in June 2012, involving a physical altercation at a New York City nightclub. Although they initially exchanged criticisms, the tension seemingly dissolved by 2014, culminating in a collaborative track, “No Guidance,” in 2019.
  • Drake’s dispute with Puff Daddy in December 2014 reportedly arose over music rights, leading to a physical confrontation. This feud centered around the instrumental for “0 to 100 / The Catch Up.”
  • Another feud involved Tyga, who expressed negative views about Drake in an interview, leading to Drake responding through his music. This tension seemed to contribute to Tyga’s departure from Young Money Entertainment.
  • The feud with Meek Mill began in July 2015 over allegations of ghostwriting. The dispute escalated with diss tracks from both artists but eventually cooled, leading to collaboration on “Going Bad” in 2019.
  • Drake disagreed with Joe Budden in 2016 over Budden’s negative review of Views. Drake subtly responded in “4PM in Calabasas,” but despite Budden’s diss tracks, Drake did not engage further.
  • A conflict with Kid Cudi also emerged in 2016, with Drake releasing “Two Birds, One Stone” after Cudi’s critical tweets. They later reconciled and collaborated on “IMY2” in 2021.
  • The rivalry with Pusha T escalated in 2018 with “The Story of Adidon,” revealing personal details about Drake’s life. The origins of their conflict date back to earlier disputes with Lil Wayne and Birdman.
  • Drake’s feud with Kanye West became public in mid-2018. Disagreements over music and personal betrayals were discussed in interviews and on social media. Despite ongoing tensions, they appeared to reconcile after a benefit concert in December 2021.

Additionally, Drake has been involved in reported disputes with several other artists, including DMX, music critic Anthony Fantano, Kendrick Lamar, Common, The Weeknd, XXXTentacion, Jay-Z, Tory Lanez, and Ludacris. Many of these conflicts have since been reported as resolved, illustrating the dynamic and often reconcilable nature of relationships within the music industry.

Business Ventures

Drake’s foray into business has seen him diversify his portfolio across endorsements, record label management, sports affiliations, entertainment ventures, and investments, showcasing his understanding beyond his music career.

Endorsements

Drake’s endorsement journey began with a deal with Sprite, notably after mentioning purple drank, which includes Sprite. After his feud with Meek Mill, fast food chains like Burger King and Whataburger endorsed him. Forbes highlighted that his endorsement deals significantly contributed to his impressive earnings of $94 million between June 2016 and June 2017. As of now, Drake endorses Stake.com, a gambling firm with a lucrative $100 million annual partnership, enhancing the company’s visibility significantly, a phenomenon dubbed “The Drake Effect.” He’s actively engaged with Stake, often sharing his betting experiences, and played a pivotal role in Stake’s naming sponsorship of the Sauber Formula 1 team for 2024.

OVO Sound

In late 2012, alongside Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib, Drake launched OVO Sound. This record label, distributed by Warner Bros. Records, was Drake’s platform for his own releases and to foster emerging talent. The label’s roster includes notable artists and producers, contributing significantly to its distinct sound.

Toronto Raptors

In 2013, Drake became the Toronto Raptors’ “global ambassador,” a role that included promoting the team and assisting in its rebranding efforts. His involvement has been integral to the Raptors’ image overhaul and merchandise design, further solidifying his influence in sports.

Entertainment Ventures

Drake’s collaboration with Apple Music as its figurehead in 2015 marked a significant milestone in his career, contributing to the platform’s rapid growth. He also co-founded DreamCrew, a management and entertainment production company that has produced successful series like Euphoria and Top Boy and garnered an Emmy nomination for Euphoria.

Investments

Drake’s investment portfolio is vast, spanning from the entertainment venue History in Toronto to various tech and sustainability startups like Aspiration and MoonPay. His involvement with 100 Thieves as a co-owner underscores his interest in the gaming industry. Moreover, his investments in the food and beverage industry, including Virginia Black whiskey and Dave’s Hot Chicken, reflect his entrepreneurial spirit.

Fashion Ventures

Drake’s collaborations in the fashion sector have been varied and successful, from his own Air Jordan collection to partnerships with brands like Canada Goose and A Bathing Ape. The launch of Nocta, his sub-label with Nike, highlights his deep involvement in fashion, as he produces collections that blend sportswear with street style.

Through these ventures, Drake has expanded his business landscape and cemented his status as a multifaceted entrepreneur. He has influenced a wide range of industries, from music and sports to fashion and technology.

Personal Life

Health and Residences

Drake, a prominent figure in the music industry, resides in Toronto, Ontario, in a sprawling 35,000-square-foot estate valued at $100 million, known as “The Embassy.” This home, which he has occupied since its construction in 2017, was featured in his music video for “Toosie Slide.” Besides this, he has owned properties in the U.S., including the “YOLO Estate” in Hidden Hills, California, from 2012 until its sale in 2022, and a Beverly Crest home purchased from Robbie Williams for $70 million in the same year. Drake also owns a condo near the CN Tower in Toronto and boasts ownership of a Boeing 767. In 2021, he rented a lavish $65 million property in Beverly Hills.

When it comes to knowing what to say, to charm, I always had it. – Drake Click To Tweet

His body is adorned with various tattoos that hold personal significance, including images of Lil Wayne, Sade, Aaliyah, and his son, along with several tattoos paying homage to Toronto. In August 2021, Drake disclosed he had contracted COVID-19, which temporarily affected his hair growth. He had first publicly tested for the virus early in the pandemic and contracted it again in 2022, leading to the postponement of some concerts.

Family and Relationships

Drake’s family background is rich with musical talent, including his uncles Larry Graham, a former Sly and the Family Stone member, and Teenie Hodges, a songwriter known for his work with Al Green. His personal life has seen high-profile relationships, including a past romance with SZA and a tumultuous on-and-off relationship with Rihanna, which he has openly discussed and reflected upon in his music and public appearances.

He is a father to a son named Adonis, born to French painter Sophie Brussaux on October 11, 2017. Drake’s paternity was confirmed amidst speculation and media coverage, particularly after being addressed by Pusha T in the track “The Story of Adidon.” Drake has since acknowledged his son in his album Scorpion, expressing a desire for his child’s life to remain private.

Personality Traits

Drake is known for his distinct personality traits that significantly influenced his music career and public persona. Here are some key traits often associated with Drake:

  1. Emotional Expressiveness: One of Drake’s most notable traits is his willingness to express vulnerability and emotion in his music. Unlike many of his peers, Drake frequently explores themes of love, heartbreak, and personal struggles, connecting deeply with his audience through his authenticity and openness.
  2. Versatility: He is remarkably versatile in his musical talents and ability to navigate different genres. Drake seamlessly blends rap, R&B, and pop and isn’t afraid to experiment with new sounds and styles. This adaptability has kept his music fresh and relevant across different phases of his career.
  3. Charisma: Drake’s charisma is evident in his performances, interviews, and public appearances. His charm and confidence make him a compelling figure in the entertainment industry, contributing to his widespread appeal and fan base.
  4. Work Ethic: The rapper is known for his strong work ethic. He consistently releases music and collaborates with other artists. His dedication to his craft has helped him maintain a prolific output and stay at the forefront of the music scene for years.
  5. Strategic Mindset: Drake’s approach to his career demonstrates a keen strategic mindset. He is talented at marketing himself and his music, understands the importance of social media and strategic collaborations, and engages with his fan base personally and authentically.
  6. Competitiveness: He is very competitive and strongly desires recognition as one of the greatest artists of his generation. In his songs, Drake often mentions his accomplishments and aspirations to show his passion for excellence and determination to leave a lasting legacy. His lyrics reflect his dedication to his craft and unwavering pursuit of success in the music industry.
  7. Sensitivity to Criticism: Despite his success, Drake has shown that he is not immune to criticism. He sometimes addresses his critics directly through his music or social media, indicating a sensitivity to how others perceive him.
  8. Generosity: Drake’s philanthropy and acts of kindness are well-documented, ranging from donations to schools and non-profit organizations to generous tips for service workers. These actions highlight a generous and compassionate aspect of his personality.
  9. Cultural Influence: His influence extends beyond music to technique, slang, and social media trends. He demonstrates an innate understanding of culture and an ability to shape it. Drake is not just a passive participant but actively contributes to its evolution.

Together, these traits paint a picture of an artist who is not only talented and driven but also deeply human, with the capacity to influence and inspire both within and beyond the music industry.

Discography

Studio Albums:

  • Thank Me Later (2010)
  • Take Care (2011)
  • Nothing Was the Same (2013)
  • Views (2016)
  • Scorpion (2018)
  • Certified Lover Boy (2021)
  • Honestly, Nevermind (2022)
  • For All the Dogs (2023)

Collaborative Albums:

  • Her Loss (with 21 Savage) (2022)

Epilogue

Drake’s biography is not just about his chart-topping hits or strategic business moves; it’s also about his impact on global pop culture and his ability to resonate with millions worldwide. His narrative is a compelling chronicle of evolution, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of greatness. As Drake continues to shape the music industry and inspire a new generation, his success story remains an ongoing saga of ambition, creativity, and influence, marking him as one of the most pivotal figures in contemporary music.

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Nikola Tesla: Biography, Serbian-American Inventor