Topics: Young Money Entertainment, Drake, 1973 Pages: 7 (4000 words) Published: September 13, 2011
Aubrey Drake Graham[1] (born October 24, 1986), who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian recording artist and actor. He originally became known for playing character Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. In June 2009, Drake signed a recording contract with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment.[2] In November 2009, Lil Wayne released a statement announcing that Drake's first studio album, Thank Me Later, had been completed. The album was released on June 15, 2010, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.[3] The album has since gone platinum. He will release his second studio album on October 24, 2011 titled Take Care. Drake will release an R&B mixtape sometime in the future and will release a collaboration album with Lil Wayne. Drake has worked with several other hip-hop artists such as Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay-Z. With the success of his mixtape turned EP So Far Gone, Drake has been nominated for several awards including Grammys, even being selected to perform at the 2010 Grammy award ceremony. Drake has also won several awards, including two Juno Awards in 2010 for Best New Artist, and Rap Recording of the Year. Contents

1 Early life
2 Acting career
3 Music career
o3.1 2006–09: Career beginnings and mixtapes
o3.2 2010–present: Thank Me Later and Take Care
o3.3 As composer
4 Personal life
5 Discography
6 Filmography
7 See also
8 References
9 External links

Early life
Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario. He is the son of Dennis Graham, a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, and Sandi Graham, an educator. Two of his uncles, Larry Graham and Teenie Hodges, are also musicians.[4][5][6] Drake's father is an African American from Memphis, Tennessee, and Drake's mother is a Jewish Canadian. He attended a Jewish day school and had a Bar Mitzvah.[7][8][9] His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he was raised by his mother in Toronto's wealthy Forest Hill neighbourhood.[10][11] Drake attended high school at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he began acting,[12] but did not graduate.[13] He spent most summers with his father in Memphis.[14] Drake stated that his parents' divorce greatly affected him as a person, saying, “I had to become a man very quickly and be the backbone for a woman who I love with all my heart, my mother."[15] Acting career

In 2001, Drake began his acting career, playing the role of Jimmy Brooks, a character on Degrassi: The Next Generation. In the show, Brooks is a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. His role on the show ended in 2009, when his character graduated from Degrassi. He appeared in 138 episodes. He also appeared in the 2008 television movie Degrassi Spring Break Movie. Drake is mentioned in the 2010 television movie Degrassi Takes Manhattan, making him one of two Degrassi actors (along with Shenae Grimes) who exist within the series' fictional universe independently of their characters. In June 2010 it was announced that Aubrey would have a prominent role in the video game Gears of War 3. He will play the part of Jace Stratton.[16] In late January 2011, Indiewire announced that Drake was in negotiations to join Eva Green and Susan Sarandon in the cast of Nicholas Jarecki's forthcoming feature-film "Arbitrage.".[17] However in April 2011, it was announced that Drake will no longer be starring in the movie as his plan is to focus fully on his sophomore album Take Care instead.[18] Music career

2006–09: Career beginnings and mixtapes
In February 2006, Drake released his first mixtape Room for Improvement. It was made available via his website and official MySpace page. In 2007, he released another mixtape, Comeback Season, spawning a single and a music video for "Replacement Girl" featuring Trey Songz. Also in 2007, Drake became the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video...

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