Drake is best known for his album, Nothing Was the Same in 2013 and has since become a household name in the music industry. Many Canadians remember Drake for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the hit TV series, Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s, before he exploded onto the music scene.
Billboard Music Awards: 1
Grammy Awards: 1
iHeartRadio Music Awards: 2
MTV Video Music Awards: 3
Drake’s real name is Aubrey Drake Graham and he is known all over the world by his stage name Drake. He was born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario. Drake’s age is 30 and his family consists of his father Dennis Graham, who worked as a drummer, and his mother Sandi Graham, who was as an English teacher and florist. His parents got divorced when he was five years old, after which he stayed with his mother in Toronto.
In 2000, Drake and his mother moved into the wealthy neighborhood of Forest Hill in Toronto, but it wasn’t all uptown luxury, as Drake and his mother shared the house with other people. According to Drake, “[We had] a half of a house we could live in. The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half. I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. It was not big, it was not luxurious. It was what we could afford.”
He went to Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he found a passion for the arts. Drake then went to Vaughan Road Academy, and was often bullied because of his religion. Drake dropped out of school to pursue his acting career, however, he returned later and graduated in 2012. He was listed fourth on the Billboard year-end chart for the Top Artists of 2015.
Drake’s Net Worth
Much of his wealth comes from music sales, concert tours, endorsements, and video projects. He also earns a lot from his endorsements for various brands such as Sprite and Nike. Drake also likes to collect cars. He has a collection of luxury cars, such as Bentley Continental, a Bugatti Veyron, and a Lamborghini Gallardo. Additionally, in 2012, he bought a mansion for $7.7 million, in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles. Drake’s mansion includes a swimming pool, tennis court, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, pool table, home theater, gaming room, bar, library, and a spa.
Drake’s Dating Life
Drake’s professional life seems to be reaching new heights. However, there seemed to be a bit of turmoil in Drake’s personal life last year. Everybody knows about his an on-again-off-again relationship with singer Rihanna over the past few years, and sparks flew when Drake handed her a VMA, professing his love to her. Shortly after that, there were reports suggesting that the couple were back together, but since then, the couple has split again.
But maybe all is well in Drake’s love life, considering reports that Drake is apparently dating Jennifer Lopez. Although neither of them have confirmed the news, they posted the same photo of themselves getting cozy with one another on their respective Instagram accounts. Can we expect a collaboration? A music video? Or has Drake finally found love in his life again? No matter the case, it looks like Rihanna is very upset with her ex moving on so quickly, especially with her friend.
Drake’s Songs and New Album
Drake’s music career started with him releasing his own mixtapes in 2006, 2007, and 2009. The second mixtape, Comeback Season, led to a single, a music video, and Drake subsequently becoming the first unsigned Canadian rapper featured on BET. After listening to Drake’s sound, Lil Wayne immediately invited Drake to record songs and tour with him. Despite all the offers and deals, Drake did not sign with anyone until mid-2009, the year he finally had a notable net worth of $1.2 million, which included $650,000 from his third mixtape, So Far Gone.
Besides producing and writing songs, Drake has appeared in several movie and TV shows. He was involved in several films such as Charlie Barlett, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Think Like a Man Too. He started his acting career in television shows like Blue Murder, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star, and Being Erica.
The latest news 2017 brings about Drake is his highly awaited album, More Life. This album was originally set to be released in 2016, however, Drake postponed the release date. More Life is a follow-up to Views and will be released by Young Money Entertainment, Republic Records, and Cash Money Records. The first three songs from Drake’s More Life album are “Fake Love,” “Sneakin’,” and “Two Birds, One Stone.”
Endorsements and Promotions
Drake’s endorsements are a large part of his income. He has endorsed various brands like Coca-Cola, Kodak, and Virgin. Apart from his endorsement deals, Drake has one major source of income outside of his music, which is the Toronto Raptors. Drake was named the NBA team’s global ambassador, making him responsible for promoting and hosting a variety of events. In an interview, Drake said, “I do take it very seriously as a new job and a new chapter in my life.” He also hosted “Drake Nights” during the 2013-2014 season.
Awards and Nominations
Four of Drake’s songs have now been certified triple platinum in the U.S. He has been nominated a staggering 27 times for a Grammy but has only won one Grammy award, thus far! Additionally, Drake has won three MTV Video Music Awards. Drake’s fourth solo album, Drake’sbecame the fourth consecutive number one album in the United States. On the Billboard year-end chart, Drake was listed fourth on the list for Top Artists of 2015.