Drake

Music Project by Justin Chester

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About Drake

Famed hip-hop artist Drake was born to a mixed-race couple in Toronto, Canada in 1986, and raised Jewish. He came to fame playing wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks in seven seasons of the popular teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation. In 2006, Drake began circulating mixtapes of his raps, and signed a record deal in 2009. His hit songs include "Every Girl," "Best I Ever Had," "Money to Blow" and "Take Care."

Drake's Influences

Drake stated that Kanye West, Jay-Z, Aaliyah and his mentor Lil Wayne are his biggest influences. In an interview with SoulCulture TV Drake stated that R&B singer Aaliyah has had the biggest influence on his career.

Awards

  • Drake has won 45 awards in his music career so far.
  • At the 55th Grammy Awards, he won the award for Best Rap Album for Take Care.
  • During his acting career, Graham has received five Young Artist Award nominations for playing the role of Jimmy Brooks in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
  • He won the Hal David Starlight Award in 2011.
  • He won 11 awards at the BET Hip Hop Awards.

Major Roles

Drake is the ambassador for the NBA team, Toronto Raptors. Drake was part of the announcement that the NBA All-Star Game is coming to Toronto in 2016. He said the team is in the process of planning a major face-lift that will include a new look and new colors. Drake helped the Raptors organization make the the new logo design and the new jerseys. One of the jersey's is made in honor of him.

Quotes

  • "Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination."
  • "My life is mine to remember."
  • "I'd rather tell you how I really feel."

Education

Drake did not go to college, only high school. He attended 2 high schools, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and Vaughan Road Academy. Despite dropping out of high school, years later, he graduated in October 2012

Interesting Facts

  1. Drake is just his stage name, his full name is Aubrey Drake Graham.
  2. His father is an African American from Memphis, Tennessee while his mom is a Jewish Canadian.
  3. Drake has done some voice acting as well. He appeared in Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, as Ethan, the young mammoth.

  4. Drake almost played a show with Hanson, but the crowd for the free performance at New York's South Street Seaport was so large that a riot broke out, and it had to be canceled.

  5. Drake's net worth is $35 million.

  6. Drake and Chris Brown were involved in a physical altercation on June 14, 2012, when Drake and his entourage threw glass bottles towards Chris Brown at a nightclub called WIP in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

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