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Drake is a Canadian singer-songwriter, rapper, and actor. He started out as a TV star in the teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” but later on switched to making music. From releasing his own mixtapes, he has emerged as one of the best rappers in modern music — winning numerous awards for his work.

 

Childhood and Early Struggles

Born Aubrey Drake Graham, the Grammy-winning singer was born on Oct. 24, 1986, in Toronto. He is the son of Dennis and Sandi Graham, who got divorced when he was just a small child. Although he grew up with his mother, he also spent a lot of time with his father — who was once the drummer of iconic musician Jerry Lee Lewis.

Being a child of a white Canadian Jew mother and African-American Catholic father, Drake has a unique religious and racial background.  He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, as well as Vaughan Road Academy for his secondary education. He dropped out of school but was eventually able to complete his high school diploma in 2012.

Drake had his own share of troubles early on in his life. He saw his sick mother struggle to make ends meet while his father got arrested for attempting to cross the border. He also dealt with bullying for being the only black Jew in a predominantly white school.

 

Rise to Popularity

Drake Concert Collage

Drake first entered the entrainment industry as an actor. He played basketball star Jimmy Brooks on the acclaimed Canadian series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” from 2001 until 2008. Although he first came into public notice as a TV star, his true interest was making music.

He started rapping when he was on the series, using his middle name as his rapper alias. He self-released “Room for Improvement,” his first mixtape, in 2006. The record was followed by “Comeback Season” just a year later.

It included a single he did with Trey Songz entitled “Replacement Girl,” which later on became highlighted at  BET’s music-video show “106 & Park.” The song helped increase Drake’s exposure and made big music producers notice him. Drake successfully gained support from rap icons such as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.

 

Achievements

Drake’s big break arrived in 2009 when he launched the “So Far Gone” mixtape, with the “Best I Ever Had” single. He made his mark with his combined lyrical rapping and singing, alongside the raw vulnerability he shows every performance.

After gaining a large following, Drake signed with well-known record label Universal Motown Records. Drake was then named best new artist in 2010 at the Juno Awards.

That same year, he released his first full-length studio album entitled “Thank Me Later.” It was followed by the 2011 track “Take Care,” which was the same title of a collaboration between him and Rihanna. He bagged the Rap Recording of the Year Award at the 2012 Juno Awards and Best Rap Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards for that studio album.

The following year, Drake came up with his next album called “Nothing Was the Same,” which as expected, took home another Juno Award. After getting many awards for his music, Drake decided to establish a Toronto-based collective known as October’s Very Own (OVO), which turned into a full-fledged record label in 2012.

 

Interesting Trivia

The term “YOLO” was popularized by Drake in his studio album “Take Care.” The accompanying tour for that album grossed more than $42 million in 2012, making Drake one of the best-selling artists that year.

At the height of his career, Drake also dabbled in voice acting. He lent his voice for the animated character Ethan in Fox Animation’s 2012 hit “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”

Drake always credits his father for introducing him to rap music. While behind bars, his father reportedly shared a cell with a rapper who went by the name Poverty. He used to swap lyrics with him via phone calls.

2012 was not only a year of victories for Drake. That year, he got into a huge fight with fellow hip-hop singer Chris Brown. It was believed that they were feuding over Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna, who had a brief relationship with Drake.

The two rappers even had a heated exchange on social media, with Brown releasing a diss track targeting Drake. The twosome performed in a comedy skit at the ESPY Awards in 2014, hinting that they had already put the past behind them.

At the end of “Look What You’ve Done,” a voice recording of Drake’s grandmother is played. She has since passed away.

One of Drake’s greatest attributes is his extreme passion for music. Life may be very tricky but thanks to people like Drake, we are reminded that music can help us understand the truth of living in this kind of society.

Here are quotes and lyrics from Drake that will inspire you to have a fun-filled and genuine life.

 

Drake Quotes

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“If you think I’mma quit before I die dream on.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“They ain’t make me what I am, they just found me like this.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“People like to build their own story about my life. I don’t know if it makes them feel better, or if it makes it okay for them not to like me. But the last thing I grew up as was rich.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“The girl that I want to save is like a danger to my health. Try being with somebody that want to be somebody else.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“When it comes to knowing what to say, to charm, I always had it.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Count your blessings, not problems.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“It’s funny when you coming in first but you hope that you’re last, you just hope that it lasts.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“All in all I learned a lesson from it though, you never see it coming you just get to see it go.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Everybody dies but not everybody lives.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“I’m trying to do better than good enough.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“The moment I stop having fun with it, I’ll be done with it.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Always felt like my vision been bigger than the bigger picture.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Life can always change, you have to adjust.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Strength isn’t always shown in what you can hold on to, sometimes it’s shown in what you can let go of.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“It’s never too late to realize what you want in your life and it’s never wrong to fight for it.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Before you give up, think of the reason you held on so long.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Patience is key for getting over a breakup. That, and trailing off your interaction after the breakup.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Haters will broadcast your failures, but whisper your success.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“I was born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Everybody has an addiction, mine happens to be success.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“The good ones go, if you wait too long.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Careful what you wish for, you just might get it all.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Tables turn, bridges burn, you live and learn.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“I learned working with the negatives could make for better pictures.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Make the most out of tonight, and worry about it all tomorrow.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“I sit and eat with some of the hardest working people in the business. And I observe and I try to apply it to my own craft.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Live for today, plan for tomorrow, party tonight.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“I always want the truth, but it’s dangerous.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Accept yourself. You don’t have to prove shit to no one except yourself.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“Wish you would learn to love people and use things, and not the other way around.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“A goal is just a dream with a deadline.” – Drake

The Best Drake Quotes and Lyrics

“When you look ahead and darkness is all you see, faith and determination will pull you through.” – Drake

 

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