Aubrey Drake Graham By Alesha Wright
His Background Drake was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dennis Graham, a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis; his uncle is musician Teenie Hodges. His father is African American (a native of Memphis, Tennessee) and his mother is a white Jewish Canadian. His parents divorced when he was five, and he was raised by his mother in Toronto’s wealthy Forest Hill neighborhood. He attended elementary school at Forest Hill Public School, and high school at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he began acting. He also spent many summers with his father in Memphis.
Where It All Began … • Born October 24, 1986 in Toronto • In 2001, began his acting career with the role of Jimmy Brooks on the television show Degrassi: The Next Generation • In 2006 his firsts mixtape, Need For Improvement, went online and he became a recording artist best know under is rapper name, Drake
From Acting… Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian actor. Drake was first know for his appearance on the television show Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001. Drake was cast the role of Jimmy Brooks, a student who later on in the show was in a shooting accident and became handicap, on the television show Degrassi: The Next Generation. He appeared in the role on 138 episodes until his character graduated.
…To Rapping In 2006 he dropped his first mixtape, Need For Improvement. A year later his next mixtape, Comeback Season, featuring the single Replacement Girl ft. Trey Songz, was released. From here he began to become more well know and the young rapper was making it Big. He then went on to do big things with Lil Wayne. June 29, 2009 it was confirmed Drake signed a record deal with CashMoney/Universal/Motown, which was considered one of the biggest bidding wars ever.
Drake’s Listed Influences Include: • His family and the people that he grew up around -His father, Dennis Graham -His uncle, musician Teenie Hodges • Jay-Z • Lil Wayne • Pharell Williams • Denzel Washington
His Music • Houstatlantavegas • Successful (Feat. Trey Songz & Lil’ Wayne) • Best I Ever Had • Sooner Than Later • Brand New • Replacement Girl (Featuring Trey Songz) • I’m Goin’ In (Feat. Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy) • Every Girl • The Motto • Shot For Me • We’ll Be Fine • Make Me Proud • Money To Blow • Practice • Bedrock • Fireworks • Trust Issues • Over • Show Me a Good Time • Up All Night (featuring Nicki Minaj) • Fancy (featuring T.I. & Swizz Beatz) • Shut It Down (featuring The-Dream) • Find Your Love • Thank Me Now • Forever • I Can Take Your Girl • Hate Sleeping Alone • Say Something And Many Many More .♥
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