Aubrey Drake Graham Biography

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is a rapper, actor and r&b singer from Canada, he’s known too for playing Jimmy Brooks on the teen drama series called Degrassi High: The Next Generation. In June 2009 rapper Lil’ Wayne made official and public, Drake’s joining to his label ‘‘Young Money Entertainment’’.

Later that year, in November, Dwayne Carter A.K.A Lil’ Wayne announced Drake’s first studio album ‘‘Thank Me Later’’ had been completed. The album was supposed to be released on March but it pushed back to June 15th, Thank Me Later was one of the most expected albums in 2010. Drake’s debut album sold the first week 400, 000 copies being number one on the billboard charts.

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Drake released his second sophomore album called Take Care, it sold 700, 000 copies on its debut week. With the unexpected mind blowing success of his So Far Gone mixtape and EP, Drake has won many awards like Juno’s, Rap Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and many others, such as the first Grammy nomination to an unsigned artist. Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24th of 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Son of musician Dennis Graham and educator Sandi Graham. His father lives in Memphis, Tennessee where he spent most of the summers.

Drake’s parents got divorced when he was only five and was raised by his mom back in Canada; he attended to Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he started his acting career but did not graduate. In 2001, Drake started his professional acting career playing Jimmy Brooks character on the television series Degrassi High: The Next Generation and ended it in 2009.

Drake started to rap at a young age and most of his family claim that he got his rapping and writing talent from his father and he spent a lot of time with him at the studio where he had the honor of watching bands record, great soul bands like The Temptations, The Blue Notes and remarkable soul and r&b stars like Al Green, Marvin Gaye and many others. In 2007 he released the official single of his Comeback Season mixtape, called Replacement Girl, featuring his good friend Trey Songz produced by Boi-1da and T-Minus. Also in 2007, Drake became the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET when his first single, “Replacement Girl” was featured as the “New Joint of the Day” on April 30, 2007.

In 2009 Drizzy released his third official mixtape called So Far Gone and uploaded it on his blog, it contained features of Bun-B, Omarion, Trey Songz, his mentor Lil’ Wayne. It received more than two thousand downloads in less than 2 hours from its release. His massive hits ‘‘Best I Ever Had’’ which an ode to his girlfriend sampling the Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds ‘‘Falling in Love’’ song and ‘‘Successful’’ rapping about his dreams and couple situations with his girlfriend and mother.

Since So Far Gone, Drake worked with DJ Khaled, Young Money, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland, Birdman, Trey Songz, and Jamie Foxx. After his ‘‘blow-up’’, Billboard claimed it was the biggest bidding war between labels: Roc Nation, Interescope, Atlantic and Universal. Drake planned to release his official debut album, Thank Me Later, in late 2009, but the album’s release date was postponed, first to March 2010, then May 25, 2010. Universal Motown then stated the album had been pushed back three weeks for a June 15, 2010, release.

The album has collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne while forgoing planned duets with Trey Songz and Danny!. On March 9, 2010, Drake released the first single from his Thank Me Later album, also known as “Over”. It reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On April 29, 2010, it was announced that Drake had finished Thank Me Later. “Find Your Love” was released as the second single on May 5, 2010, and became the most successful single from the album, peaking at number 5 on the Hot 100. And reached No. 15 on the Hot 100, Thank Me Later was finally released on June 15, 2010 The record sold 447,000 copies in its first week, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his first release to do so.

Due to his first week sales, Drake had sold the most records for any hip hop artist in one week in 2010. Eminem surpassed that accomplishment a week later. Drake hosted the first annual OVO Fest (October’s Very Own) Festival. On November 17, 2010, Drake revealed the title of his next studio album to be Take Care. In late January 2011, in April 2011, it was unveiled that Drake’s second studio album will be released on October 24, 2011.

Drake posted a new track, “Dreams Money Can Buy”, on his October’s Very Own blog on May 20. On June 9 another track from the album, “Marvin’s Room” was made available.”Marvin’s Room” was officially released on July 22, 2011, via iTunes On June 28 he released a music video for “Marvin’s Room” .The first single from Take Care is “Headlines”, which reached as high as 13 on the Hot 100. Drake’s latest single from Take Care is the album’s title track, “Take Care” featuring Rihanna.

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