Drake is a cross-culture phenomenon. Born Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24, 1986, Drake is a Canadian rapper, songwriter, singer, actor, and producer. Raised by his single mom Sandi Graham in Toronto since the age of five, Drake started writing songs at the tender age of ten and began his career in the showbiz industry in the early 2000’s. He was influenced by rappers like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z and also by several R&B artists like Usher and Aaliyah.
Drake made his debut in the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. He left the show in 2007, to become a rapper. He also worked in several TV series like “Best Friend’s Date,” “Soul Food,” “The Borders,” and “Being Erica.” His debut mixtape was released in 2007 called as Room for Improvement followed by two other independent projects. In 2009, Drake signed to Lil Wayne’s record label ‘Young Money Entertainment.’
He released his debut studio album ‘Thank Me Later’ in 2010, which gained large-scale commercial success. All his concerts were sold-out. The album was certified platinum by the ‘Recording Industry Association of America.’ The next two albums in the following years also received platinum status. He received his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album following his early releases.
His 2016 Album ‘Views’, broke several records around the world. The album sat on the very top of the Billboard 200 chart for ten non-consecutive weeks. Drake was the first solo male artist to do so for over ten years. The track “One Dance” was a chart topper in several countries like Canada, U.K, and U.S.
He led the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 for eight weeks. Drake’s album achieved quadruple platinum status in America. It earned 1 million album equivalent units just in the first week of release. Leaving the Grammy Awards Drake also won six BET Awards and three Juno Awards.
Drake’s music style has elements of Canadian hip-hop and R&B. Most of Drake’s lyrics are egotistical and emotional. His technical abilities are remarkable, and he usually integrates personal backstories in songs when talking about his relationship with women. Drake collaborated with rap mogul Lil Wayne for the song “Man of the Year.” He shares a close relationship with Lil Wayne.
Drake was born to Dennis Graham, an African-American Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee. Drake’s father is a musician. He was the drummer for country artist Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake’s paternal uncles are late songwriter Teenie Hodges and bass guitarist Larry Graham. Teenie Hodges was the songwriter for a majority of Al Green’s hits.
Drake’s mother is white Jewish Canadian and worked as an English teacher and florist in Toronto. Drake’s parents divorced when he was five. His mother raised him and he often visited his father in the summer. Drake was raised Jewish. He went to a Jewish day school. Drake even had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
Drake witnessed his father getting arrested in Memphis when he was a child. His father later collaborated with country music group Arkells to make the song “Drake’s Dad,” which describes this event. Drake grew up in two polarizing neighborhoods of Toronto on Weston Road and Forest Hill. Weston Road is a working class neighborhood, and Forest Hill is one of Toronto’s most affluent neighborhoods.
Drake had a tough time in school, and he was bullied for his racial and religious background. He was the only mixed race kid in the entirely white school. Drake dropped out of school against his mother’s wishes to concentrate on his career. He graduated in October 2012.
Education: Drake went to Canada’s prestigious Vaughan Road Academy. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 to concentrate on his acting and music career. He went back to school at the age of 25 and graduated with 97% on his final exams and 88% in the overall course. Drake’s mother was very proud of him, as a retired school teacher herself she was unhappy with him dropping out of school. In 2009, Drake served as a guest coach for the University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness scrimmage. He even received a championship ring when the Wildcats won the national title in 2012.
Drake Net Worth
Drake’s net worth is $105 million US dollars in 2017. He has crossed 50 Cent regarding wealth and joined the list of the wealthiest rappers in the world since his debut in 2010. His wealth is the result of multi-platinum recordings, successful concert tours, and seven figure endorsements. He is one of the richest rappers in the world and a regular on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.
He had earned a total of $181 million in his 30 years on earth. A significant portion of his earnings was paid as taxes. It is estimated that Drake had payed around $77 million in taxes. Below is the estimated amount of money Drake made since 2009:
Drake owns many expensive real estates some of them are the Yolo Estate, Hidden Hills, and Toronyo mansion which cost an estimated $7.7 million dollars. He definitely is living the good life. Drake also loves fast cars and owns an impressive collection of cars which includes the Bentley Continental GT, Malibu LS, Veyron a sports car.
manufactured by Bugatti, Continental Supersports Convertible, Continental GTC V8, Mulsanne, Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupe, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Phanton a kind of limousine produced by Rolls-Royce. His car collection is estimated to cost around a few million dollars. Most of the cars in his collection cost more than an ordinary man’s house.
Drake as Business Model
Drake has made his fortunes from successful records and concerts. It is estimated he made around $105 million from concerts alone. Drake has endorsed many popular brands like Jordan and Coca-Cola. It is estimated that he was paid in millions for each deal.
Drake is expected to dominate the music scene in 2017. He has announced that he would be finishing his much-awaited album ‘More Life,’ this year. Three singles from this album ‘Fake Love,’ ‘Two Birds, ‘One Stone’ and ‘Sneaking’ have been released and aired. He is expected to go on tour to promote this album soon.