Friday, October 1, 2010

About Music - Drake

Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), who uses the mononymous stage name Drake in his music career, is a Canadian actor and recording artist. Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Toronto, Ontario, he became a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track "Replacement Girl," featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET's 106 & Park program as its "Joint of the Day." He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, "Best I Ever Had," a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money this year.

His father is an African American from Memphis, Tennessee, while Graham's mother, an educator, is a white Jewish Canadian (Graham attended a Jewish day school and had a Bar Mitzvah. His parents divorced when he was five, and he was raised by his mother in Toronto's wealthy Forest Hill neighbourhood. He spent most summers with his father in Memphis. Graham is featured on Complex Magazine first issue of 2010. In the February-March issue he discusses his relationship with Lil Wayne, competition with new coming artist, getting inspired by ex-girlfriends, and the details on his debut studio album, Thank Me Later. Find out more at:

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