His father, Dennis Graham, is an African American and a practising Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee , and worked as a drummer, performing alongside rock and roll and rockabilly musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Bass guitarist Larry Graham and the late songwriter Teenie Hodges are his paternal uncles.
After the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto, while his father returned to Memphis to find a way to support himself financially. In his youth, he played minor hockey with the Weston Red Wings. 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. Due to the economic status associated with the neighbourhood, Drake described the school as "not by any means the easiest school to go to. The Next Generation At 15, Drake encountered an acting agent who was the father of a high school friend.
Drake portrayed Jimmy Brooks ,  a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. When asked about his early acting career, Drake replied, "My mother was very sick.
We were very poor, like broke. The only money I had coming in was off of Canadian TV". Overall, Drake appeared in a total of episodes. When asked about the mixtape, Drake described the project as "pretty straightforward, radio friendly, [and] not much content to it.
The song made Drake become the first ever unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET , with "Replacement Girl" being featured on the channel's "New Joint of the Day" segment on April 30, In , Drake released his third mixtape, So Far Gone.
It received over 2, downloads in the first 2 hours of release, finding mainstream commercial success due to the singles " Best I Ever Had " and " Successful ", both gaining Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA , with the former also peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot However, during a performance of "Best I Ever Had" in Camden, New Jersey , Drake fell on stage, and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Thank Me Later Main article: Thank Me Later Drake planned to release his debut album, Thank Me Later , in late , but the album's release date was postponed, first to March ,  and then to May 25, Bartlett condemned the portrayal of the island in the video, saying, "care has to be taken by all, including our creative artists, in [showcasing] images of our destination and people.
Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing [the island's image]. He was scheduled to play the part of Jace Stratton, but scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Away from Home Tour  prevented Drake from accepting the role. It would soon become a regular event during the summer, with the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto playing host to the festival on its annual cycle.
Drake also had an eco-friendly college tour to support the album, beginning with Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Take Care Main article: Take Care album Beginning his second effort in fall ,  Drake announced his intentions to allow for Noah "40" Shebib to handle most of the production and record a more cohesive sound than on Thank Me Later, which featured disparate production duties by Shebib and others.
C Radio 1 that Thank Me Later was a rushed album, stating, "I didn't get to take the time that I wanted to on that record. I rushed a lot of the songs and sonically I didn't get to sit with the record and say, 'I should change this verse.
That's why my new album is called Take Care, because I get to take my time this go-round. In January , Drake was in negotiations to join Eva Green and Susan Sarandon as a member of the cast in Nicholas Jarecki 's Arbitrage ,  before ultimately deciding against starring in the movie, to focus on the album.
It was met with positive critical and commercial response, reaching number thirteen on the Hot , as well as becoming his tenth single to reach the summit of the Billboard Hot Rap Songs , making Drake the artist with the most number-one singles on the chart, with The album's third and fourth singles, " The Motto " and Take Care ", were released on November 29,  and February 21, respectively.
Continental Drift , providing the voice for Ethan. Nothing Was the Same and commercial mixtapes Main articles: Revealing his intentions to remain with 40 as the album's executive producer, Drake spoke fondly about Jamie xx , hoping to include and expand the British producer's influence over his next album. His versatility, acting ability and comedic timing were all praised by critics, describing it as what "kept him afloat during the tough and murky SNL waters".
Despite debate on whether it is an album  or a mixtape,  its commercial stance quantifies it as his fourth retail project with Cash Money Records.
Views and More Life Main articles: Views album and More Life Drake announced in January that his fourth studio album would be launched during the spring, releasing the promotional single " Summer Sixteen " later that month.
The album was originally titled Views from the 6, but would later be shortened to Views. This move divided many contemporary music critics, describing his self-comparison as "goodly brash" or "conventionally disrespectful.
Both debuted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot ,  however, the latter proved more commercially successful, with "One Dance" becoming Drake's first number-one single in Canada and the US as a leading artist. Views was previewed in London , before its premiere on Beats 1 a day later. It was released as an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive on April 29, before being made available to various other platforms later that week.
It also achieved double-platinum status in the US, and earned over 1 million album-equivalent units in the first week of its release, as well as gaining over half-billion overall streams of the album. Dre , and Diddy respectively. This marked Drake's third co-headlining tour, which began in Austin, Texas on July It ran a total of 25 minutes, and featured music from Views.
The project was described as a "playlist of original music", rather than being classified as a traditional mixtape or solo album. The album also garnered Scary Hours and Scorpion Main article: Scorpion Drake album After rumours circulated of Drake possibly collaborating with various artists, including rapper Trippie Redd and producer Pi'erre Bourne, for his new studio album, multiple snippets of songs were leaked near the closing end of Drake earned his 70th top 40 hit after the Migos song " Walk It Talk It " featuring Drake debuted at number eighteen, and later number ten.
On April 5, , Drake announced he was finishing his fifth studio album and he was releasing a single later that night. His incorporation of melody into technically complex lyrics was supported by Lil Wayne , and has subsequently been a critically acclaimed component to Drake's singles and albums.
His songs often maintain tension between "pause and pace , tone timbre , and volume and vocal fermata.