Rapper Drake’s biography: All about the Canadian award-winning rapper that every fan should know.
Drake (real name, Aubrey Drake Graham) is a Canadian rapper, singer, and actor. Born on October 24, 1986, he first gained fame for his role as basketball player Jimmy Brooks on the teen’s TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation, then went on to become a rap phenomenon after his album “Thank Me Later” went platinum in 2010.
His second album Take Care won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was certified quadruple platinum.
He traveled between Memphis and Toronto quite often as a child, due to his parent’s divorce.
His album “Take Care” popularized the phrase “YOLO,” and the accompanying tour grossed over $42 million in 2012. He provided the voice for the character Ethan in the 2012 film Ice Age: Continental Drift.
He is half Jewish. He supported his mother Sandi Graham with the money he made from acting in Canada. He had an on-off relationship with Rihanna, whom he began dating in 2009. In 2016 and 2017, he dated pop star, Jennifer Lopez. He had a son named Adonis with Sophie Brussaux in October 2017. He has also dated tennis icon Serena Williams. In 2021, he and reality star Johanna Leia began dating. His father is Dennis Graham.
Drake is consistently one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world. Drake has a net worth of $200 million dollars in 2021. Since first gaining mainstream success, Drake has earned more than $430 million in his career before taxes and lifestyle costs.
Drake’s YouTube channel makes an estimated revenue of $1.5K – $23.5K in a day, according to Social Blade. It earns a revenue of $10.3K – $164.8K in a week, income of $44.2K – $706.4K in a month, and a salary of $529.8K – $8.5M from YouTube ads.
Drake’s salary per year is estimated to be around $70 million. His sources of income are from his music career and acting.
In June 2009, Drake signed a recording contract with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. Drake rose to stardom with the release of the EP So Far Gone (2009), which spawned the smash single “Best I Ever Had” and moderate hit “Successful”.
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Drake’s Profile Summary
|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Salary:||$70 Million Per Year|
|Full Real Name:||Aubrey Drake Graham|
|Date of Birth:||Oct 24, 1986|
|Age:||35 Years Old|
|Height:||6 ft (1.83 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Voice Actor, Composer, Record producer|
|Birthplace:||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Residence:||Los Angeles, California|
|Nicknames:||Drizzy, Millimeter Peter, Ted Kaczynski on tha mic, Da babysitter on hotdogs|
|Source Of Wealth:||Music|
|Genres:||Hip hop, R&B|
|Label:||OVO Sound, Young Money, Cash Money, Republic, Aspire, Universal Motown|
|Parents:||Dennis Graham (father), Sandra (mother)|
|Relatives:||Adonis Graham; Sandi Graham; Dennis Graham; Evelyn Sher; Reuben Sher|
|Marital Status||In a relationship|
|Ex-Girlfriends:||Rihanna, Nick Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams, Jorja Smith, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Raye, Bella Hadid, Maliaka Terry, Lateysha Grace, Bella Harris, Naomi Sharon, Johanna Leia, etc.|
|Children:||Adonis Graham (son)|
|YouTube:||Drake Vevo with 25.8 million subscribers|
|Annual Income:||$529.8K – $8.5M from YouTube ads|
Who is Drake and why is he famous? (Biography, Early Life, Age, Trivia, Before fame, Height, Birthday, etc.)
#1. Drake’s real name is Aubrey Drake Graham.
#2. He was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada.
#3. As of December 2021, Drake is 35 years old.
#4. He is 6 ft (1.83 m) tall and has Scorpio as his zodiac sign.
#5. Drake’s parents’ names are Dennis Graham and Sandra.
#6. His father, Dennis Graham, is a Catholic African American; his mother, Sandra, is a white and Ashkenazi Jewish Canadian from a very structured, and conservative family.
#7. He comes from a very deep musical background. His grandmother, who passed away in Memphis, used to babysit Louie Armstrong.
#8. Drake’s father Dennis worked as a drummer who played with musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis during his career.
#9. Drake’s mother Sandra, aka Sandi, worked as an English teacher and florist.
#10. Although Drake is not the first person [in his family to embrace music] he is undoubtedly the famous and richest musician among his family.
#11. Drake attended a Jewish day school and had a formal Bar Mitzvah celebration.
#12. Drake’s parents, Sandi and Dennis divorced when Aubrey was five.
#13. His father subsequently moved to Memphis where he ultimately ended up being arrested and incarcerated for several years on drug charges.
#14. Aubrey remained with his mother in Toronto though he would visit his father in Memphis every summer (when his father was not incarcerated).
#15. Drake would later describe Dennis as being absent during his childhood, claims Dennis has vehemently denied and asserted were embellished to sell records.
#16. From sixth grade on, Drake and his mom lived in the bottom half of a two-story townhome in an affluent suburb called Forest Hill.
#17. He grew up “very poor,” raised by his mother in Toronto, Ontario. They were not rich, in fact, money was very tight. His mother lived on the street-level floor, Drake lived in the basement.
#18. While attending Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, Drake found an affinity for acting and singing.
#19. He later attended Vaughan Road Academy where he was bullied for his bi-racial and religious background.
#20. He dropped out for a time but did eventually graduate in 2012.
#21. Drake has had a number of high-profile relationships over the years.
#22. He dated Rihanna on and off between 2009 and 2016.
#23. He would later describe Rihana as “the woman I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old.“
#24. In October 2017 a french model/actress/artist named Sophie Brussaux gave birth to his son Adonis.
#25. Drake did not confirm his fatherhood until 2018.
Drake’s Acting Career in Degrassi
#26. When he was 15, a childhood friend’s father – an acting agent – helped Drake land a role on the long-running Canadian teen drama television show “Degrassi: The Next Generation”.
#27. On the show, he played Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who became disabled after being shot by a classmate.
#28. He was a cast member for seasons 1 through 7, with guest appearances in 2008.
#29. While Drake was appearing on Degrassi, his mother became ill and could not work.
#30. His Degrassi paychecks were their only income for several years. At the time he was earning $50,000 per year in salary from the show. That’s roughly $2000 per month after taxes. He would later describe this time period as follows: “My mother was very sick. We were very poor like broke. The only money I had coming in was off of Canadian TV.“
Music Career (Albums)
#31. Drake’s debut album was ‘Thank Me Later’ relased in 2010. Not only did Drake’s debut album have to fulfil the promise made after the impressive 2009 EP So Far Gone, he also had to convince the public there was more to him than starring in the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation.
#32. Thank Me Later solves both conundrums in what is an assured and stylish album. Where Drake’s lyrical obsession with internal aspects of his character may seem tiresome six albums on, one has to remember this was revelatory in 2010.
#33. His studio album ‘Take Care’ was released on 2011. Originally planned as a straight RnB album, Take Care retains the genre’s nocturnal and introspective vibe with some emotionally searing wordplay.
#34. This quality is further enhanced by some wonderful collaborations such as the hazy Crew Love, featuring then largely unknown singer The Weeknd, and the title track Take Care, a scintillating mix of experimental pop and dance featuring Jamie Smith from English indie band The XX and Rihanna. That mix of adventurism and Drake’s dexterous vocal and lyrical style makes Take Care his grandest artistic statement to date.
#35. His studio album ‘Nothing was the Same’ was released in 2013. The album is home to a trio of hits including the modern hip-hop classic Started from the Bottom, the ebullient Hold On, We’re Going Home, which found success on mainstream radio, and the summery All Me, featuring a wicked verse from 2 Chainz. The evocative backdrops serve Drake well as he lays down memorable verses about reconnecting with his formerly estranged father and the existential brooding of 305 to My City.
#36. His studio album ‘Views’ was relased in 2016. True to its cover, which has Drake sitting at the peak of the 553-metre-high CN Tower in Toronto, Views found him on top of the world when it came to his commercial and creative appeal.
#37. Drake showcased his mastery at blending styles with the winning RnB of Hotline Bling and the soul sounds of the impassioned Weston Road Flowers with Mary J Blige. Then there is the infectious groove of One Dance, an Afro-pop banger that helped introduce the exciting genre to the masses.
#38. The album ‘Scorpion’ which was relased on 2018 was also Drake’s solo project. Prior to the release of his fifth studio album, the rapper had gradually moved away from tightly focused albums to longer and unwieldy releases to capitalise on streaming platforms (the more songs you have, the more chances for revenue).
#39. Scorpion represents both the zenith of that approach and an artistic nadir. Drake may call it a double album, but there is no thematic strains holding the 90 minutes together. What we have instead are 25 tracks of largely monotonous musings on spurned love and regrets. Not even Don’t Matter to Me, featuring a Michael Jackson sample, could save the album from its stupor. Its only saving grace is the hit God’s Plan.
#40. Drake’s latest album is ‘Certified Lover Boy’ was relased on 2021. While the 21-track collection is an improvement on Scorpion, it remains a more gruelling than exciting appearance.
#41. The album has some great production, such as the electro-soul of Fountains and the gritty swagger of the aforementioned Love All. Certified Lover Boy may have broken the Spotify and Apple Music records for the most streamed album in a day, but its staying power may ultimately prove to not be as successful.
Who discovered Drake? Did Lil Wayne help Drake? (About Young Money Entertainment)
#42. Inspired by rap icons like Jay-Z who earned record deals after becoming successful as independent artists, Aubrey – who by now was going by his middle name “Drake” as his stage name – began releasing mixtapes in 2006.
#43. In February 2005 he released his first mixtape “Room for Improvement” via his website and official MySpace page. He managed to sell more than 6,000 copies directly.
#44. He released his second mixtape, “Comeback Season”, the following year. He released the mixtape through his own recently-launched label October’s Very Own (aka OVO Records). This mixtape featured what became a hit underground single called “Replacement Girl”. The music video for the song was the first video from an unsigned Canadian rapper to be featured on BET. One version of the song featured a spliced sample of the song “Man of the Year” by Brisco, Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne.
#45. Houston-based producer and Rap-A-Lot Records founder, Jas Prince, heard the single and passed it on to Lil Wayne.
#46. Lil Wayne was impressed and called Drake, inviting him to fly to Houston to join his Tha Carter III tour. As the tour progressed, Drake and Wayne wrote and recorded several songs including “Brand New”, “Forever” and “Ransom”.
#47. Despite what you may assume, Drake had not signed onto Wayne’s record label at this point. He released a third mixtape, “So Far Gone”, in 2009. He released the mixtape as a free download on his OVO website. The mixtape featured appearances from Lil Wayne, Lloyd, Trey Songz, Omarion, and Bun B. After being downloaded 2000 times in its first hour, the mixtape was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The mixtape was eventually released as an EP which debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 and won the 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.
#48. Still an independent artist, Drake was now in high demand within the music industry. A bidding war resulted with various labels scrambling to sign him. The desperation has been described as “the biggest bidding war in music history”, though that’s not confirmed.
#49. On June 29, 2009, Drake signed a contract with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment.
#50. The record deal was actually a joint venture between Young Money and its parent company Cash Money, with Universal Music running distribution.
#51. Drake’s debut studio album, “Thank Me Later”, was released on June 15, 2010. The album hit #1 in Canada and the US. In the US it hit #1 on the Billboard 100, #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop, and #1 US Rap charts. It was eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA.
#52. His second studio album, 2011’s “Take Care” also hit #1 in several countries on several charts, eventually going 6-times Platinum.
#53. Every album since has been at least 6-times Platinum.
#54. Drake is one of the most successful and powerful forces in hip-hop and the music industry at large.
#55. He has worked with dozens of the biggest stars in the music industry including Kanye West, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Travis Scott.
#56. Drake has been nominated for countless awards. As of this writing, he has won more than 180 major awards including four Grammys from more than 40 nominations.
#57. Drake grosses approximately $1 million per concert.
#58. Drake has sold more digital singles than any artist in history.
#59. As of this writing, he has repordtedly sold more than 163 million digital singles. That’s 40 million more than the second-place person, Rihanna.
#60. In terms of album sales, is the 80th highest selling musician of all time with an estimated 26 million albums sold.
#61. That makes him the third best-selling Canadian musician of all time behind Shania Twain (48 million) and Celine Dion (50 million).
Drake’s Net Worth Milestones (Earnings by year)
#62. In November 2009, Drake’s net worth was estimated to be $1 million. He had signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money just a few months earlier.
#63. By 2010, Drake was worthed $10 million.
#64. By 2011 his net worth jumped to $11 million.
#65. By 2012 Drake was worthed $25 million.
#66. In 2013 the net worth of Drake was $35 million.
#67. By 2014 he topped $45 million.
#68. By late 2016 he topped $80 million for the first time.
#69. Drake nearly hit a net worth of $100 million in 2017.
#70. He easily topped $100 million by early 2018.
#71. In May 2019 his net worth broke $150 million for the first time.
#72. His net worth in 2020 surged to $180 million.
#73. As of 2021, Drake has a whooping $200 million.
#74. Though he was born in Canada, Drake has called Hidden Hills, California home since 2012 when he bought a palatial mansion from the former owner of Los Angeles’ Saddle Ranch Bar for $7.7 million in cash.
#75. Nicknamed the YOLO Estate, the property features multiple residences including a 12,000 square-foot main house and a 2,000 square foot party house.
#76. The estate features equestrian stables, a 25-person movie theater, a full-sized basketball court, a sand volleyball court, and one of the largest privately-owned pools in Southern California.
#77. His lagoon-like pool, which loops around the exterior of the house, features several waterfalls, a swim-up bar an 80-foot water slide, and a Playboy-mansion style grotto.
#78. In a Rolling Stone interview, Drake explained that he had his eye on this mansion for years after Googling “craziest residential swimming pools” and seeing this as one of the results.
#79. For motivation, he used a photo of the pool as the background image on his computer for years. The former owner listed the house in 2009 for $27 million. By 2012 the former owner was experiencing a cash crunch so Drake swooped in and bought it for $7.7 million.
#80. In 2015 he extended his property by buying the neighboring 1.6-acre estate for $2.8 million. In 2018 he extended the property again when he spent $4.5 million to buy yet another neighboring house. His private estate now encompasses 6.7-acres of contiguous property at the end of a cul-de-sac that represents $15 million in real estate acquisition costs alone.
#81. In 2016 Drake spent $6.7 million to buy a plot of land in suburban Toronto in an area called Bridle Path. He proceeded to build a 50,000 square-foot mansion on the two-acre property. The house features a 10-car garage, regulation-size NBA basketball court, gym, awards room, and much more. The master bedroom alone is 3,200 square-feet
#82. He also owns a condo in downtown Toronto.
#83. In total, Drake owns at least $25 million worth of a real estate. His real estate assets (especially the Hidden Hills compound) are likely worth much more when his improvements are included. It’s possible that the Hidden Hills compound now would fetch $20-30 million on its own. For comparison, a 2-acre estate in the same community was listed for $15.5 million in May 2019.
Does Drake own a Private Jet?
#84. In May 2019 Drake released a video on Instagram that revealed his newly-acquired Boeing 767 private jet which he has dubbed (and painted) “Air Drake”.
#85. According to the video, Drake is proud to own the jet free and clear, proclaiming that it’s all his with “no rental, no timeshare, no co-owners.” A similar model and quality private jet would be worth $75 – $100 million.
#86. Over the years Drake has endorsed many major brands including most notably, including Sprite, Burger King, Whataburger, Nike, and Apple.
#87. When Apple Music launched, Drake signed a $19 million exclusivity deal. This deal allowed Apple to be the exclusive initial home of all of Drake’s future solo releases.
#88. In 2012 Drake formed his own record label, OVO Sound, which is distributed by Warner Bros. Records. In addition to Drake, today’s OVO Sound reps music for artists such as PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, Kash Doll, and producers such as Boi-1da, Future the Prince, Mike Zombie, and more.
#89. He is the “global ambassador” of the Toronto Raptors and hosts an annual Drake Night with the team.
#90. In 2016 Drake launched his own brand of bourbon-based whiskey called Virginia Black. The company sold 4,000 bottles in the first week after launching. Later in the year, the company shipped an additional 30,000 units.
#91. Drake’s first headline tour was 2010’s “Away From Home Tour”.
#92. He embarked on five additional headlining tours through 2019.
#93. He has also co-headlined four tours including his 2018 tour with the rap group Migos. His Migos co-headlining tour broke that record in 2018 with $80 million in earnings over 43 dates. That’s an average gross of $1.86 million per concert.
#94. His 2016 “Summer Sixteen Tour” was the highest-grossing hip-hop tour of all time up to that point with a gross of $84.3 million off 54 shows. That’s an average gross of $1.56 million per concert.
#95. Every summer Drake puts on a festival in Toronto called “OVO Fest” that sells out instantly.
#96. Drake has an ongoing residency at the XS Nightclub in Las Vegas that can easily earn him $500,000 for a single appearance.
#97. He now earns more than $2 million for a more formal concert.
Drake’s YouTube Channel Information
#98. The YouTube channel was created on June 5, 2009.
#99. As of December 2021, it has amassed 25.8 million subscribers.
#100. With just 53 uploaded videos, the channel has accumulated 11,496,584,573 views as of the time of this article.
#101. His channel is ranked the 121st most subscribed channel in the world and the 51st most subscribed channel in the United States.
#102. Drake has featured Rihanna, Birdman, Lil Wayne, and a host of other world-known musicians in music videos on his channel.
How much money does Drake make on YouTube?
#104. Drake’s YouTube channel makes an estimated revenue of $1.5K – $23.5K in a day, according to Social Blade.
#105. His channel earns an estimated revenue of $10.3K – $164.8K in a week from YouTube ads.
#106. His channel earns an estimated income of $44.2K – $706.4K in a month from YouTube ads.
#107. In a year, Drake’s YouTube channel makes a salary of $529.8K – $8.5M from YouTube ads.
What is Drake’s Net Worth?
#108. Drake has a net worth of $200 million dollars in 2021. Drake is consistently one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world.
#109. Prior to becoming a massive rap superstar, Drake was a child actor who appeared on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. Since first gaining mainstream success, Drake has earned more than $430 million in his career before taxes and lifestyle costs.
#110. Drake’s salary per year is estimated to be around $70 million. His sources of income are from his music career and acting.
Drake’s Social Media Accounts
#111. Instagram: @Champagnepappi
#112. Twitter: @Drake
#113. Facebook: @Drake
#114. YouTube: Drake Vevo
#115. Website: drakerelated.com