Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), aka Drake, is a Canadian recording artist and actor. Drake's father is an African-American from Memphis, Tennessee, and his mother is a white Jewish Canadian. He originally became known for playing the character Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi the Next Generation. After making a few mixtapes, in 2008 he was discovered by Lil Wayne. Drake's first studio album, Thank Me Later, released on June 15, 2010, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album has since gone platinum. He released his second studio album, titled Take Care, in November 2011. Drake has been nominated for several awards including Grammys, even being selected to perform at the 2010 Grammy award ceremony. Drake has also won several awards, including two Juno Awards in 2010 for Best New Artist, and Rap Recording of the Year.
Not to be confused with Drake Bell of Drake and Josh.
- So Far Gone (2009)
- Thank Me Later (2010)
- Take Care (2011)
- All-Star Cast: In both Thank Me Later and Take Care. He's had Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Andre 3000, and even Stevie Wonder.
- Arc Words: OVO. It stands for "October's Very Own", referencing his birthday. He also raps with The Weeknd as OVOXO. OVO is mentioned in many of his songs.
- Boastful Rap: "Forever", "Over" and "Headlines". Many others.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The "Find Your Love" music video.
- Bowdlerise: His first hit single "Best I Ever Had", is changed from "You the fuckin' best, you the fuckin' best" to "You the, you the best" for radio play. The majority of his work is an example of this one, with "Find Your Love" and "Take Care" being exceptions.
- But Not Too Black
- Do Not Explain the Joke: Does this twice on his Comeback Season mixtape.
From "The Presentation":
"Tryna make some cheese off a single is a process/ Get it? Kraft, single, cheese, process"
From "Man of the Year":
"I never copied nor bit like Eddie, man/ Did you get it? Eddie Murphy was in Norbit/ Or was it way over your head? Did you forfeit?"
- Genre Roulette: He switches between straight up rap and pop/R&B. One of his top hits is "Find Your Love", which has no rap at all. So Far Gone especially has less rap and more pop/R&B.
- Informed Judaism: He is Jewish.
- Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Nicki Minaj, despite rumors to the contrary.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Marvin's Room", "Headlines", "The Resistance".
- Non-Indicative Name: "Marvin's Room" and "Headlines" again.
- Old Shame: He treated Degrassi as this for a while. His appearance on MTV's When I Was 17 made no mention of it whatsoever, despite the fact that that was what he was doing when he was 17.
- Refrain From Assuming: "Karaoke", "Dreams Money Can Buy", "Make Me Proud".
- Rockstar Song: Quite a few of his songs discuss fame.
- Rhyming with Itself:
- He often rhymes "shit" with "shit".
- His verse on the "All Of The Lights" remix has him ending about ten lines with "motherfucka".
- Signature Song: Probably "Find Your Love", "Marvin's Room", "Headlines" or "The Motto".
- I'm So-I'm So-I'm So-I'm So-I'm So Proud o' You: In addition to "Make Me Proud", he includes a meta-example from his grandmother on "Look What You've Done".
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Pretty much any song he raps in will be mis-attributed to him. In fact his rap on Rick Ross's "Aston Martin Music" was so long it was released as its own song on one of his mixtapes.
- Sure Why Not: He goes with the rumors that him and Nicki Minaj are dating in one line in "Miss Me"("I love Nicki Minaj/I told her I’d admit it/I hope one day we get married just to say we fucking did it") and in her video "Moment 4 Life" they actually get married.
- True Companions: "Man I love my team, I would die for them niggas."
- X Meets Y: Sometimes described as a cross between Lil Wayne and Kanye West.