The Game Changer

The music business has always had its popular artists. The list of artists can go on and on. You have names like, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Adele, Katy Perry, Kanye West, and many more. The cool thing about all music artists, are each artist has a different background. Drake fits the profile of a different artist with a unique background.

Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada. Drake is the first black Jewish-Canadian rap star. At a young age Drake had music in his blood. Drake’s father, Dennis Graham, was a drummer for the well-known legendary rock star Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake’s mother Sandi Graham also hails from a very musical family.

Drake comes from an eclectic and unique racial and religious background. Aubrey’s father is an African-American Catholic and, Aubrey’s mother is a white Canadian Jew. Commenting on his personal identity, Drake says, “At the end of the day, I consider myself a black man because I’m more immersed in black culture than any other. Being Jewish is kind of a cool twist. It makes me unique” (

Drake’s parents had divorced when he was 5 years old. Therefore Drake was raised by his mother in Forest Hill. Forest Hill was an affluent and predominantly Jewish Toronto neighborhood. Drake had a Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13, and practiced the Jewish High Holy Days with his mother. “My mom has always made Hanukkah fun, Drake recalls. When I was younger, she gave cool gifs and she’d make latkes” (

It was one of Drake’s classmates at Forest Hill that gave Drake, his first start in the entertainment industry. Drake’s friend’s father became his agent.

Shortly afterward, in 2001, Drake landed a role on the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. The show follows the dramatic lives of a group of teenagers at Degassi High School, and Drake played Jimmy Brooks. Also known as Wheelchair Jimmy, a basketball star who became wheelchair bound when he is shot by a classmate.

Drake starred on Degrassi for seven ears (2001-2009), also earning a 2002 Young Artist Award for best ensemble in a TV series.

On June 15, 2010, Drake released his very first full studio album. Drake’s album was title Thank Me Later, which debuted at number 1 on both American and Canadian album charts, and has since been certified platinum. Not only does Drake rap, but he also sings and writes songs. Drake owns his own label which is call OVO. OVO stands for Octobers Very Own.

In 2011, Drake released his second album titled Take Care. In 2013, Drake released his third album titled Nothing Was the Same. Both albums went number 1 on the billboard charts. Drake is in charge of designing the uniforms for the NBA team Toronto Raptors. Drake also has partnerships with Jordan, Sprite, and Apple Music.





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