Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and music executive. The music icon who is known internationally by the stage name, Drake, has also had a successful career as an actor. He came to the limelight in the showbiz business when he was cast to play the role of Jimmy Brooks in the CTV Teen Drama Series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. Since the release of his debut mixtape, Room For Improvement in 2006, he has gone on to win several laurels and set new records in the industry.
Quick Review Of Drake Profile.
Full Name: Aubrey Drake Graham
Stage Name: Drake
Born: 24 October 1986
Age: 35 years old
State Of Origin: Ontario Province
Nationality: Canadian, American
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Music Executive, Entrepreneur and Actor
Net Worth: $600 million – $900 million (USD
Drake Early Life.
Aubrey Drake Graham was born on the 24th Of October 1986 to an African-American father and a Canadian mother. He was born and raised in Toronto City, in the province of Ontario.
His father is Dennis Graham while his mother is Sandra Graham. It is from his mother, that he traces his Jewish roots.
When Drake was born, his father used to work as a drummer while his mum held the dual jobs of an English teacher and a Florist. By the time he turned five, his parents’ marriage had hit the rocks and they divorced. His father moved back to his home city of Memphis while Drake remained with his mother in Toronto.
Growing up, Drake and his mom lived in two Toronto neighbourhoods, Weston Road and Forest Hill. The latter was a more affluent neighbourhood. As a teenager, he was a victim of bullying from his schoolmates because of his racial background.
Drake attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he specialized in the Arts department.
Later on, he began studies at Vaughan Road Academy which he attended for a while before dropping out to focus on his budding acting career at the time.
He would go on to complete high school and graduate in 2012.
Drake’s acting career began at the young age of fifteen when he landed a role in the teen drama series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. He played the role of Jimmy Brooks in the Canadian series. By starring in the series from 2001 to 2008, Drake became a popular figure in the Canadian entertainment industry and his fame extended to the United States.
He launched his music career as a rapper by releasing the mixtape, Room For Improvement in 2006. The project did well locally and this prompted him to work harder on his music career. He released a second mixtape titled Comeback Season in 2007. This body of work was followed by So Far Gone, which was dropped in 2009.
In 2009, Drake joined the Young Money Entertainment family after signing a deal with the record label. Months later, he dropped his debut studio album titled Thank Me Later, on the 15th Of June 2010. The album debuted at the number one position on Billboard 200 and sold over 447,000 copies in the first week of its release. His debut single, Over, was included in the album. The single had peaked at the number fourteen spot on Billboard Hot 100 and topped several Rap Songs charts.
However, it was his sophomore album, Take Care that gave Drake major critical success. The project was released on the 15th Of November 2011. The album has a tracklist of commercially successful songs such as Headlines, Take Care, Make Me Proud and The Motto. Take Care won the Best Rap Award at the 55th Grammy Awards Ceremony.
His third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, was released in 2013. With singles like Nothing Was the Same, Hold On We’re Going Home and Too Much on its tracklist, the album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and topped charts in the UK, Canada, Denmark and Australia. The album sold 658,000 copies in the first week of its release.
Drake released his first commercial mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in February 2015. The mixtape had been released on iTunes without prior announcement yet it sold over one million copies that year. The project was certified multi-platinum in the United States.
Five months later, he released a collaborative mixtape, What a Time to Be Alive with fellow rapper, Future. After its release, the project debuted at number one on Billboard 200. Drake’s second commercial mixtape, More Life was released in 2016. His third commercial studio album is titled Dark Lane Demo Tapes and it was released in 2020.
His fourth studio album, Views was released in 2016 and topped the Billboard 200 chart for 13 non-consecutive weeks. The album is home to the record-setting single, One Dance.
In 2018, he released a double album titled Scorpion. The album is composed of Billboard Hot 100 singles like God’s Plan, In My Feelings and Nice For What.
Drake thrilled his fans with two projects in 2021. The first is an EP titled Scary Hours 2. While the second is his sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy. The album set the record for most U.S top-ten entries from a single album.
He is one of the world’s best-selling artists with over 170 million records sold. He has been ranked by RIAA as the highest-certified digital singles artist in the United States. With four Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, six American Music Awards and three Juno Awards, Drake has numerous laurels to his credit.
Certified Lover Boy
Scary Hours 2
Dark Lane Demo Tapes
What a Time to Be Alive
Nothing Was The Same
Thank Me Later
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Room For Improvement
So Far Gone
Drake Personal Life.
Drake once dated singer, Rihanna, with their relationship beginning in 2009 and ending in 2016. And he is a close friend of British singer, Adele. Lil Wayne is his mentor in the industry. He has a son named Adonis, who was born on the 11th Of October 2017. Adonis’ mother is a French Painter and former model, Sophie Brussaux.
Drake has been involved in some feuds with other artists such as Meek Mill, Chris Brown, and Tyga, amongst others.
He owns choice properties in the United States and Canada. He is the owner of a $100 million (USD) estate built-in 2007. The house is nicknamed, The Embassy, and is filled with portraits of Drake’s family members and musical influences.
He owns a second home in California. The luxurious house which is nicknamed YOLO House, is located in Hidden Hills. In 2022, Drake decided to invest in another architectural masterpiece by purchasing a Beverly Crest House, for $70 million (USD).
Drake is also a successful entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of the music label, Ovo Sounds Records. His co-founder is his bosom friend, 40. He has a sub-label collaboration with the sports brand, Nike. Also, he owns a fragrance house and has shares in a couple of business ventures in the U.S and Canada.
Drake Net Worth.
The multi-talented artist has made a fortune from his music and acting careers.
He is estimated to be worth $600 million – $900 million (USD).