Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is a Canadian musician and actor.
At age 15, Drake starred in the Canadian comedy series Degrassi: The Next Generation as Jimmy Brooks, a former basketball star confined to a wheelchair after being shot by a classmate. Ironically, Brooks rapped in freestyle at the beginning of the TV show, followed by several more TV appearances.
Started from the bottom
Drake got his first big break when he got the role of Jimmy Brooks in the Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation. Although it didn’t pay a lot of money, it was enough to help him and his mother fight the fact that she was sick without money coming in. He could also get small roles in movies and other TV shows that helped push his name out into the open.
Drake created a mixtape, which he released in 2006. He managed to promote this single on TeenNick, which eventually led to him, creating a music video that is played on BET. Two years later, Drake began to gain more recognition for his music and was even invited to tour with Lil Wayne. Despite his growing success and popularity, he has not yet signed and continues to work with artists, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and many others.
He finally signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment on June 29, 2009, after succeeding with two top ten songs that same week. After signing with this record, Drake went on tour with Lil Wayne, where he fell on stage and injured his knee. After undergoing rehabilitation, Drake was able to continue playing music while collaborating with new artists.