About Drake

Drake needs little introduction - despite only breaking through in 2009, he’s since become one of the most successful, beloved and divisive artists in the game (Kanye West recently described him as a "Rap God".) At this point, he's sold more than 5 million records internationally, holds multiple Billboard records and has earned a GRAMMY, six BET awards and three Junos. He's also the second artist to have his first two top ten hits in the same week, those being "Best I Ever Had" and "Every Girl", and his recent single "Hold On, We're Going Home" has already been certified twice platinum.

During his brief four-year career (working professionally, that is), he's already collaborated with the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Future, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Migos, Rick Ross, Game, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Young Jeezy, J. Cole, Lenny Kravitz, Bun B, Sampha, Justin Timberlake, Jhene Aiko, Andre 3000, The Weeknd, Alicia Keys and more.

Most recently, he designed special edition Jerseys for the Toronto Raptors and signed a deal with Jordan sneakers, introducing elements of his own October’s Very Own brand / label in both ventures. He also announced a philanthropic project that being the building of a recording school in an inner-city Philadelphia high school. Who would’ve thought a Jewish Canadian kid from Degrassi: The Next Generation could’ve made it this far?

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Facts Only

  • He played a character named "Jimmy Brooks" on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
  • Drake writes all of his lyrics on his BlackBerry.
  • Lil Wayne claims both he and Drake have written for Dr. Dre’s mythical Detox album.
  • He’s admitted to having a crush on actress Kat Dennings.
  • In the spring of 2011, he was paid $250,000 to perform at CNN President Jeff Zuckers’ son’s Bar Mitzvah.
  • Drake attended Ontario's Forest Hill Collegiate Institute as well as Vaughan Road Academy.
  • He was forced to turn down a voice role in Gears Of War 3 due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Drake played minor league hockey with Ontario's Weston Red Wings.
  • He dated Canadian R&B singer Keshia Chanté for a time.
  • Musicians Teenie Hodges and Larry Graham are Drake's uncles.

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