Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing several mixtapes before signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
Drake's EP, So Far Gone (2009), spawned the successful single "Best I Ever Had". His first studio album, Thank Me Later (2010), debuted at number one on the Billboard200 and generated notable single "Find Your Love". It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His second album, Take Care(2011), is his most successful to date, topping charts in the United States and Canada and producing the singles "Take Care", "Make Me Proud" and "The Motto", the last of which is also credited for popularizing the widely used acronym YOLO. In promotion of his second album, Drake embarked on the worldwide Club Paradise Tour, which became the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, grossing over $42 million. His third studio album Nothing Was the Same was released on September 24, 2013. It was supported by the singles "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home".
Drake has sold an estimated 10 million albums worldwide. His work has earned him a Grammy Award, three Juno Awards, six BET Awards, and set several significantBillboard records. With twelve number-one singles, Drake has more than any other artist on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. With ten number-one singles, he also has more than any other rapper on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, passing Jay Z in August 2012. He is one of two artists (the other being 50 Cent) to have simultaneously occupied the chart's top three positions.
Drake, along with being a record producer under the pseudonym Champagne Papi, has also written songs for other artists, including Alicia Keys ("Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"), Rita Ora ("R.I.P."), Jamie Foxx and Trey Songz.
Drake Appreciation Playlist:
1.Started From The Bottom
3.Take Care Featuring Rihanna
5.Hold On, We're Going Home Featuring Majid Jordan
6.Forever Featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem
7.Find Your Love
10.Miss Me Featuring Lil Wayne
13.The Motto Featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga
14.HYFR(Hell Yeah Fucking Right) Featuring Lil Wayne