Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He’s a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. He initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Drake.
1. Drake’s father, Dennis Graham, was a drummer for the rock and roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. His uncle played bass for Sly and the Family Stone, and his mother, Sandi, also comes from a musical family.
2. Drake’s father is from an African American background, while his mother is from a Canadian Jewish background. He considers himself a black man but thinks that being Jewish is a cool twist.
3. His parents divorced when he was 5 years old, and he was raised by his mother in Toronto. He went to a Jewish day school and had a Bar Mitzvah.
4. His high school was pretty much all white and he’s said before that, “nobody understood what it was like to be black and Jewish.
5. He dropped out of school to pursue his acting career, and only graduated high school in 2012.
6. In 2008, the producers of Degrassi overhauled the case and cut his character. At this point he had modest success with his mixtapes but wasn’t making much money overall.
7. Early in 2008, Drake received a phone call from Lil Wayne, who had heard of Drake from Jas Prince, the son of Rap-a-Lot founder James Prince. Prince heard Drake’s hit single “Replacement Girl”, which had some of Lil Wayne’s lyrics. Wayne asked Drake to board a flight to Houston and join his Carter III tour.
8. He released his third mixtape in 2009, and the single “The Best I Ever Had” peaked at number 2 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart.
9. His song “Successful,” which was a collaboration with Lil Wayne and Trey Songs went gold and made the Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Songs of 2009.
10. During the America’s Most Wanted tour in 2009, Drake fell on the stage and had to have surgery for a torn ACL.
11. Drake released his first solo album, “Thank Me Later,” in 2010. It debuted at number 1 in both Canada and the United States. The album went platinum and, since then, he’s dominated the charts.
12. Drake and Chris Brown became rivals when it came to Rihanna. In 2012, violence broke out at a nightclub in New York, injuring several onlookers and both Drake and Chris Brown faced legal consequences for their actions.
13. His song “Views From The 6” from the album “Views” was about his on again off again relationship with Rihanna.
14. His 2013 song “Started from the Bottom” was a look at his personal struggle for success. He told MTV News, “I just wanted to make it known that I did work really hard to get here and it wasn’t just a fluke and it wasn’t easy by any means.”
15. In 2017, he won a Grammy for the song “Hotline Bling” in the best rap song and best rap/sung performance. After the ceremony, he criticized the Grammys for shoehorning him into the rap category.
16. In 2017, at the Billboard Awards, Drake won 13 awards, including top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 100 album.
17. In October 2016, he broke Michael Jackson’s record for most American Music Award Nominations. He had 13 nominations while Michael Jackson had 11.
18. He also broke Justin Bieber’s record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries in one week with 20.
19. Since his first entry onto the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009, he’s never been off the chart. He’s had at least one song on the weekly chart for 420 weeks.
20. Drake and 50 Cent are the only two artists that have held the top 3 positions on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs.
21. At the 2017 Billboard Awards, Drake declared his love for Nicki Minaj and called her the love of his life.
22. Drake writes and records his own music, but he’s also written songs for Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, and Alicia Keys.
23. He’s collaborated with the creator of DeLeon Tequila to launch his own whiskey, Virginia Black. When it was released in Ontario, Canada on September, 2016, it sold 1779 bottles in a single day.
24. In 2013, he became the Global Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. The role made him the official face of the Raptors and gave him an all access pass to their home games.
25. He acts as a music producer under the pseudonym Champagne Papi. He’s never stated where the name comes from, but some people speculate that it’s from the 2002 movie Shottas.
26. Drake originally started OVO as a small blog about Toronto’s music scene. However, he’s now built it into a lifestyle brand that includes his clothing line, his record label and a music festival.
27. The video for his song “The Best I Ever Had” was directed by Kanye West.
28. In July, 2017, he had a portrait of Lil Wayne tattooed on his left tricep. Lil Wayne said that he was “beyond floored” and “honored.”
29. Even though he’s dated women like Rihanna, Tyra Banks and Nicki Minaj, Drake admitted on an episode of Ellen that he had a huge crush on Kat Dennings from “Two Broke Girls,” and that she was nice enough to go out to dinner with him once.
30. His uncle, Larry Graham, played bass for Prince. He’s also supposedly responsible for introducing Prince to Jehovah’s Witnesses.