Aubrey Drake Graham  born October 24, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He first gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation ; intent on pursuing a career in music, he left the series in after releasing his debut mixtape Room for Improvement. He achieved back-to-back widespread critical successes with his next two albums Take Care and Nothing Was the Same In , Drake was announced as the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors , thereby joining the executive committee of the NBA franchise. In the same year, Drake announced his development with American entrepreneur Brent Hocking of the bourbon whiskey Virginia Black ; it eventually broke sale records in Canada. Among the world's best-selling music artists , with over million records sold, Drake is ranked as the world's highest-certified digital singles artist by the RIAA. Drake also holds several Billboard chart records; he has the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot , the most charted songs of any artists in the history of the Billboard Hot , the most simultaneously charted Hot songs in a single week 27 , the most time on the Hot weeks , and the most Hot debuts in a week Drake's parents divorced when he was five years old.
He grew up "very poor," raised by his mother in Toronto, Ontario.
In , Drake rose to fame playing the role of "Jimmy Brooks", a character on Degrassi: The Next Generation , a basketball star who is confined to a wheelchair after being shot by a classmate. In , Drake launched his music career by releasing his first mix tape, "Room for Improvement". Three years later, his third mix tape, "So Far Gone", garnered him critical and commercial success, and, the following year, he released his official debut album, "Thank Me Later", to generally positive reviews. Aubrey Drake Graham has established himself as a multi-talented young Canadian, and the entertainment industry has great expectations for him.
The multi-Grammy-award-winning rapper Drake has had two shots at fame — and nailed them both. He first came to prominence in the teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation in the role of Jimmy Brooks, a wheelchair-bound character he played for seven years. After leaving the show he became one of the biggest rappers on the planet after signing a deal with Lil Wayne 's label Young Money Entertainment. It's no surprise that Jay Z labeled him as the Kobe Bryant of hip hop.
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