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BornDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_1_0 Aubrey Drake Graham
(1986-10-24) October 24, 1986 (age 34)

Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDrake (musician)_cell_0_1_1

Other namesDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_2_0 Champagne Papi Drizzy 6 GodDrake (musician)_cell_0_2_1
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OccupationDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_4_0 Drake (musician)_cell_0_4_1
Years activeDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_5_0 2001–presentDrake (musician)_cell_0_5_1
OrganizationDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_6_0 Drake (musician)_cell_0_6_1
Net worthDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_7_0 US$150 million (2019) (estimate)Drake (musician)_cell_0_7_1
ChildrenDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_8_0 1Drake (musician)_cell_0_8_1
RelativesDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_9_0 Larry Graham (uncle)

Teenie Hodges (uncle)Drake (musician)_cell_0_9_1

AwardsDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_10_0 Full listDrake (musician)_cell_0_10_1
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WebsiteDrake (musician)_header_cell_0_14_0 Q33240#P856Drake (musician)_cell_0_14_1

Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. Drake (musician)_sentence_0

A prominent figure in popular music, Drake is credited for popularizing the Toronto sound. Drake (musician)_sentence_1

He first gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2007); intent on pursuing a career in music, he left the series after releasing his debut mixtape Room for Improvement. Drake (musician)_sentence_2

He released two more independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Young Money Entertainment. Drake (musician)_sentence_3

Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. Drake (musician)_sentence_4

He achieved major critical success with Take Care (2011), and commercial success with Nothing Was the Same (2013) and his first commercial mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015); the later two were certified multi-platinum in the US. Drake (musician)_sentence_5

Drake's fourth album Views (2016) sat atop the Billboard 200 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over a decade. Drake (musician)_sentence_6

Marketed as a playlist, Drake's second solo commercial mixtape More Life (2017) set multiple streaming records. Drake (musician)_sentence_7

In 2018, he released the double album Scorpion, which produced three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake (musician)_sentence_8

Drake's third commercial mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020) featured the Hot 100 number-one lead single "Toosie Slide". Drake (musician)_sentence_9

As an entrepreneur, Drake founded the OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator 40 in 2012. Drake (musician)_sentence_10

In 2013, Drake was announced as the new "global ambassador" of the Toronto Raptors, thereby joining the executive committee of the NBA franchise. Drake (musician)_sentence_11

In 2016, Drake announced his development with American entrepreneur Brent Hocking of the bourbon whiskey Virginia Black; it eventually broke sale records in Canada. Drake (musician)_sentence_12

In 2018, Drake was reportedly responsible for 5% (CAD$440 million) of Toronto's CAD$8.8 billion total annual tourism income. Drake (musician)_sentence_13

Among the world's best-selling music artists, with over 170 million records sold, Drake is ranked as the world's highest-certified digital singles artist by the RIAA. Drake (musician)_sentence_14

He has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a record 27 Billboard Music Awards, two Brit Awards and three Juno Awards. Drake (musician)_sentence_15

Drake also holds several Billboard chart records; he has the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the most charted songs (209) of any artists ever on the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most continuous time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks), and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22). Drake (musician)_sentence_16

He also has the most number-one singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Airplay. Drake (musician)_sentence_17

Early life Drake (musician)_section_0

Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario. Drake (musician)_sentence_18

His father, Dennis Graham, is African American and a practising Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee, who worked as a drummer, performing alongside country musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake (musician)_sentence_19

His mother, Sandra "Sandi" Graham (née Sher), is an Ashkenazi Jew who worked as an English teacher and florist. Drake (musician)_sentence_20

Dennis Graham performed at Club Bluenote in Toronto, where he met Sandra Sher, who was in attendance. Drake (musician)_sentence_21

Drake is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. Drake (musician)_sentence_22

In his youth, he attended a Jewish day school, and became a bar mitzvah. Drake (musician)_sentence_23

Drake's parents divorced when he was five years old. Drake (musician)_sentence_24

After the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto; his father returned to Memphis, where he was incarcerated for a number of years on drug-related charges. Drake (musician)_sentence_25

Graham's limited finances and legal issues caused him to remain in the United States until Drake's early adulthood. Drake (musician)_sentence_26

Prior to his arrest, however, Graham would travel to Toronto and bring Drake to Memphis every summer. Drake (musician)_sentence_27

His father later collaborated with Canadian music group Arkells on the music video for a song titled "Drake's Dad". Drake (musician)_sentence_28

Graham claimed in an interview that Drake's assertions of him being an absent father were embellishments used to sell records, which Drake vehemently denies. Drake (musician)_sentence_29

Drake was raised in two Toronto neighbourhoods. Drake (musician)_sentence_30

He lived on Weston Road in the city's working-class west end until grade six, playing minor hockey with the Weston Red Wings. Drake (musician)_sentence_31

He then moved to one of the city's affluent neighbourhoods, Forest Hill, in 2000. Drake (musician)_sentence_32

When asked about the move, Drake replied, "[We had] a half of a house we could live in. Drake (musician)_sentence_33

The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half. Drake (musician)_sentence_34

I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. Drake (musician)_sentence_35

It was not big, it was not luxurious. Drake (musician)_sentence_36

It was what we could afford." Drake (musician)_sentence_37

He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he demonstrated an affinity for the arts, first acting while an active student at the school. Drake (musician)_sentence_38

He later attended Vaughan Road Academy in the city's multicultural Oakwood–Vaughan neighbourhood. Drake (musician)_sentence_39

Due to the economic status associated with the neighbourhood, Drake described the school as "not by any means the easiest school to go to." Drake (musician)_sentence_40

Drake was often bullied at school for his racial and religious background, and upon realizing that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his burgeoning acting career, Drake dropped out of school. Drake (musician)_sentence_41

He later graduated in October 2012. Drake (musician)_sentence_42

Career Drake (musician)_section_1

2001–2009: Career beginnings Drake (musician)_section_2

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At age 15, eager to begin as an actor, a high school friend introduced Drake to his father, an acting agent. Drake (musician)_sentence_43

The agent found Drake a role on the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake (musician)_sentence_44

Drake portrayed Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. Drake (musician)_sentence_45

When asked about his early acting career, Drake replied, "My mother was very sick. Drake (musician)_sentence_46

We were very poor, like broke. Drake (musician)_sentence_47

The only money I had coming in was off of Canadian TV." Drake (musician)_sentence_48

He appeared in a total of 100 episodes between 2001 and 2008. Drake (musician)_sentence_49

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Main article: So Far Gone (mixtape) Drake (musician)_sentence_50

After becoming musically inspired by Jay-Z and Clipse, Drake self-released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement, in 2006. Drake (musician)_sentence_51

The mixtape featured Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco, and included vast production from Canadian producers Boi-1da and Frank Dukes. Drake (musician)_sentence_52

When asked about the mixtape, Drake described the project as "pretty straightforward, radio friendly, [and] not much content to it." Drake (musician)_sentence_53

The mixtape was released for sale only and sold over 6,000 copies. Drake (musician)_sentence_54

In 2007, he released his second mixtape Comeback Season. Drake (musician)_sentence_55

Released from his recently founded October's Very Own label, it spawned the single "Replacement Girl" featuring Trey Songz. Drake (musician)_sentence_56

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, 2007. Drake (musician)_sentence_57

The song also saw Drake sample "Man of the Year" by Brisco, Flo Rida and Lil Wayne, retaining Lil Wayne's verse, and adjoined his own to the song's earlier half. Drake (musician)_sentence_58

This caused Jas Prince to gift Lil Wayne the song, which prompted the rapper to invite Drake to Houston to join his Tha Carter III tour. Drake (musician)_sentence_59

Throughout the duration of the tour, Drake and Lil Wayne recorded multiple songs together, including "Ransom", "Forever", and a remix to "Brand New". Drake (musician)_sentence_60

Despite the collaborations between the duo, Drake was yet to be signed by Young Money Entertainment. Drake (musician)_sentence_61

In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape So Far Gone. Drake (musician)_sentence_62

It was made available for free download through his OVO blog website, and featured Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Omarion, Lloyd, and Bun B. Drake (musician)_sentence_63

It received over 2,000 downloads in the first 2 hours of release, finding mainstream commercial success from 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 100. Drake (musician)_sentence_64

This prompted the mixtape's re-release as an EP, featuring only four songs from the original, as well as the additions of the songs "I'm Goin' In" and "Fear". Drake (musician)_sentence_65

It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and won the Rap Recording of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards. Drake (musician)_sentence_66

Due to the success of the mixtape, Drake was the subject of a bidding war from various labels, often reported as "one of the biggest bidding wars ever". Drake (musician)_sentence_67

Despite this, Drake was rumoured to have secured a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment on June 29, 2009. Drake (musician)_sentence_68

This was later confirmed following a planned lawsuit from Young Money, in conjunction with Drake, against an unauthorized album titled The Girls Love Drake, which was released on iTunes under dubious means. Drake (musician)_sentence_69

Drake then joined the rest of the label's roster on the America's Most Wanted Tour in July 2009. Drake (musician)_sentence_70

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. Drake (musician)_sentence_71

He underwent surgery later that year. Drake (musician)_sentence_72

2010–2012: Musical breakthrough with Thank Me Later and Take Care Drake (musician)_section_3

Main articles: Thank Me Later and Take Care (album) Drake (musician)_sentence_73

Drake planned to release his debut album, Thank Me Later, in late 2008, but the album's release date was postponed, first to March 2010, and then to May 25, 2010. Drake (musician)_sentence_74

Young Money and Universal Motown had then released a statement that the album had again been pushed back three weeks for a June 15, 2010 release. Drake (musician)_sentence_75

On March 9, 2010, Drake released the debut single "Over", which peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the Rap Songs chart. Drake (musician)_sentence_76

It also received a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Drake (musician)_sentence_77

His second single, "Find Your Love", became an even bigger success. Drake (musician)_sentence_78

It peaked at number five on the Hot 100, and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Drake (musician)_sentence_79

The music video for the single was shot in Kingston, Jamaica, and was criticized by Jamaica's minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett. Drake (musician)_sentence_80

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. Drake (musician)_sentence_81

Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing [the island's image]." Drake (musician)_sentence_82

The third single and fourth singles, "Miss Me" and "Fancy" respectively, attained moderate commercial success; however, the latter garnered Drake his second nomination at the 53rd Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Drake (musician)_sentence_83

On April 29, it was reportedly announced that Drake had finished Thank Me Later during a show in Kansas City, Missouri. Drake (musician)_sentence_84

Thank Me Later was released on June 15, 2010, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 447,000 copies in its first week. Drake (musician)_sentence_85

Upon the album's release, 25,000 fans gathered at New York City's South Street Seaport for a free concert hosted by Drake and Hanson, which was later cancelled by the police after a near-riot ensued due to overflowing crowds. Drake (musician)_sentence_86

The album became the top selling debut album for any artist in 2010, and featured Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay Z. Drake (musician)_sentence_87

It was soon announced that Drake would have a prominent role in the military science fiction video game Gears of War 3. Drake (musician)_sentence_88

He was scheduled to play the role of Jace Stratton, but scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Away from Home Tour prevented him from accepting the role. Drake (musician)_sentence_89

He began the tour on September 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida, performing at 78 shows over four different legs. Drake (musician)_sentence_90

It concluded in Las Vegas in November 2010. Drake (musician)_sentence_91

Due to the success of the Away from Home Tour, Drake hosted the first OVO Festival in 2010. Drake (musician)_sentence_92

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 (musician)_sentence_93

Drake also had an eco-friendly college tour to support the album, beginning with Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Drake (musician)_sentence_94

It concluded in Plymouth, New Hampshire on May 8, and he also performed at The Bamboozle on May 1. Drake (musician)_sentence_95

Beginning his second effort in fall 2010, Drake announced his intentions to allow 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. Drake (musician)_sentence_96

In November 2010, Drake revealed the title of his next studio album will be Take Care. Drake (musician)_sentence_97

In comparison to his debut album, Drake revealed to Y.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. Drake (musician)_sentence_98

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.' Drake (musician)_sentence_99

Once it was done, it was done. Drake (musician)_sentence_100

That's why my new album is called Take Care, because I get to take my time this go-round." Drake (musician)_sentence_101

Drake sought to expand on the low-tempo, sensuous, and dark sonic esthetic of Thank Me Later. Drake (musician)_sentence_102

Primarily a hip hop album, Drake also attempted to incorporate R&B and pop to create a languid, grandiose sound. Drake (musician)_sentence_103

In January 2011, 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. Drake (musician)_sentence_104

"Dreams Money Can Buy" and "Marvins Room" were released on Drake's October's Very Own Blog, on May 20 and June 9, respectively. Drake (musician)_sentence_105

Acting as promotional singles for Take Care, the former was eventually unincluded on the album's final track listing, while "Marvins Room" gained Gold certification by the RIAA, as well as peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching the top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, coupled with extensive play on contemporary urban radio. Drake (musician)_sentence_106

Drake would soon release the song's music video on June 28. Drake (musician)_sentence_107

"Headlines" was released on August 9 as the lead single for Take Care. Drake (musician)_sentence_108

It was met with positive critical and commercial response, reaching number thirteen on the Hot 100, 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 12. Drake (musician)_sentence_109

It was eventually certified Platinum in both the United States and Canada. Drake (musician)_sentence_110

The music video for the single was released on October 2, and foresaw Drake performing the song during the second intermission of the 59th National Hockey League All-Star Game in January 2012. Drake (musician)_sentence_111

"Make Me Proud" was released as the album's second single on October 16. Drake (musician)_sentence_112

It was the final single to be released prior to the launch of the album, and debuted at number 97 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake (musician)_sentence_113

The song reached number nine the following week, tying the record for the largest jump on the Billboard Hot 100 for a male artist, with 88. Drake (musician)_sentence_114

"Make Me Proud" soon became Drake's fourth consecutive single to receive Platinum certification by the RIAA. Drake (musician)_sentence_115

Prior to the album's release, Drake planned to record a collaborative album with Lil Wayne; however, it was ultimately scrapped due to the success of Watch the Throne. Drake (musician)_sentence_116

He also began collaborations with Rick Ross for a mixtape titled Y.O.L.O., but the duo decided against the project in favor of increased concern for their respective studio albums. Drake (musician)_sentence_117

Take Care was released on November 15, 2011, and received generally positive reviews from music critics. Drake (musician)_sentence_118

John McDonnell of NME dubbed it "an affecting masterpiece" and commended its "delicate, mellifluous sound and unashamedly candid, emotive lyrics." Drake (musician)_sentence_119

Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal found Drake's "technical abilities" to be improved and stated, "Just as his thematic concerns have become richer, so has the music backing them up." Drake (musician)_sentence_120

Andy Hutchins of The Village Voice called it "a carefully crafted bundle of contradictory sentiments from a conflicted rapper who explores his own neuroses in as compelling a manner as anyone not named Kanye West." Drake (musician)_sentence_121

Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot complimented the depth of Drake's "moral psychodramas" and stated, "the best of it affirms that Drake is shaping a pop persona with staying power." Drake (musician)_sentence_122

It also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and achieved great commercial success, eventually being certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA in 2016, with sales for the album marking 2.6 million in the U.S. Drake (musician)_sentence_123

The album's third and fourth singles, "The Motto" and Take Care", were released on November 29, 2011 and February 21, 2012, respectively. Drake (musician)_sentence_124

Each song was subject to commercial success, while also having large societal impacts, with "The Motto" credited for popularizing the phrase "YOLO" in the United States. Drake (musician)_sentence_125

The music video for "Take Care" saw widespread acclaim, with MTV stating, "None of his contemporaries – not even the ever-obtuse Kanye [West] – make videos like this, mostly because no one else can get away with it." Drake (musician)_sentence_126

The video received four nominations at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Video of the Year. Drake (musician)_sentence_127

The song was also featured on the channel's "Pop Songs You Must Hear" list of 2011. Drake (musician)_sentence_128

"HYFR" was the final single to be released from the album, and became certified Gold. Drake (musician)_sentence_129

It also won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video in 2012, and the channel ranked him number two on their "Hottest MCs in the Game" list. Drake (musician)_sentence_130

In promotion of his second album, Drake embarked on the worldwide Club Paradise Tour. Drake (musician)_sentence_131

It became the most successful hip hop tour of 2012, grossing over $42 million. Drake (musician)_sentence_132

He then returned to acting, starring in Ice Age: Continental Drift as Ethan. Drake (musician)_sentence_133

2013–2015: Nothing Was the Same and If You're Reading This It's Too Late Drake (musician)_section_4

Main articles: Nothing Was the Same and If You're Reading This It's Too Late Drake (musician)_sentence_134

During the European leg of the Club Paradise Tour, Drake spoke in an interview stating that he had begun working on his third studio album. Drake (musician)_sentence_135

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. Drake (musician)_sentence_136

Drake had also revealed that the album would stylistically differ from Take Care, departing from the ambient production and despondent lyrics prevalent previously. Drake (musician)_sentence_137

In January 2013, Drake announced that he would release the first single off his third album at the conclusion of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Drake (musician)_sentence_138

Despite an initial delay, it was released in the wake of his win for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the event, and it foresaw Drake announcing Nothing Was the Same as the title of his third album. Drake (musician)_sentence_139

The album's second single, "Hold On, We're Going Home", was released in August 2013, becoming the most successful single off the album, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Drake (musician)_sentence_140

Drake sought inspiration from the 1980s television series Miami Vice during the composition of the song's music video, incorporating the dramatic elements seen in the show en route to winning his second MTV Video Music Award in 2014 for the video. Drake (musician)_sentence_141

Drake appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing the album's third single, "Too Much", alongside featured artist Sampha. Drake (musician)_sentence_142

Nothing Was the Same was released on September 24, 2013, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 658,000 copies sold in its first week of release. Drake (musician)_sentence_143

The album debuted atop the charts in Canada, Denmark, Australia and the United Kingdom. Drake (musician)_sentence_144

The album also enjoyed generally favourable reviews by contemporary music critics, commending the musical shift in terms of the tone and subject matter, comparing it to the distinct change showcased in Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak. Drake (musician)_sentence_145

The album was also reported to have sold over 1,720,000 copies in the United States, and was further promoted by the "Would You like a Tour?" Drake (musician)_sentence_146

throughout late 2013 to early 2014. Drake (musician)_sentence_147

It became the 22nd-most successful tour of the year, grossing an estimated $46 million. Drake (musician)_sentence_148

Drake then returned to acting in January 2014, hosting Saturday Night Live, as well as serving as the musical guest. Drake (musician)_sentence_149

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". Drake (musician)_sentence_150

Drake also performed in Dubai, being one of the only artists ever to perform in the city. Drake (musician)_sentence_151

In late 2014, Drake announced that he began recording sessions for his fourth studio album. Drake (musician)_sentence_152

In 2014, Drake performed in Spanish as a featured artist on the Romeo Santos song "Odio". Drake (musician)_sentence_153

He also appeared on a remix of "Tuesday" by ILoveMakonnen, which peaked at number one on Billboard's Rhythmic chart and number twelve on the "Hot 100", and released "0 to 100 / The Catch Up" as a non-album single. Drake (musician)_sentence_154

The latter went double platinum in the United States. Drake (musician)_sentence_155

On February 12, 2015, Drake released If You're Reading This It's Too Late onto iTunes with no prior announcement. Drake (musician)_sentence_156

Despite debate on whether it was an album or a mixtape, its commercial stance quantifies it as his fourth retail project with Cash Money Records, a scheme that was rumoured to allow Drake to leave the label. Drake (musician)_sentence_157

However, he eventually remained with Cash Money, and If You're Reading This It's Too Late sold over 1 million units in 2015, making Drake the first artist with a platinum project in 2015, as well as his fourth overall. Drake (musician)_sentence_158

2015–2017: What a Time to Be Alive, Views and More Life Drake (musician)_section_5

Main articles: What a Time to Be Alive, Views (album), and More Life Drake (musician)_sentence_159

On July 31, 2015, Drake released four singles: "Back to Back", "Charged Up", "Hotline Bling", and "Right Hand". Drake (musician)_sentence_160

On September 20, 2015, Drake released a collaborative mixtape with Future, which was recorded in Atlanta in just under a week. Drake (musician)_sentence_161

What a Time to Be Alive debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making Drake the first hip hop artist to have two projects reach number one in the same year since 2004. Drake (musician)_sentence_162

It was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales, streaming and track-sales equivalent of over 1 million units. Drake (musician)_sentence_163

Drake also appeared on the cover of The Fader for their 100th issue. Drake (musician)_sentence_164

Drake announced in January 2016 that his fourth studio album would be launched during the spring, releasing the promotional single "Summer Sixteen" later that month. Drake (musician)_sentence_165

The album was originally titled Views from the 6, but was later shortened to Views. Drake (musician)_sentence_166

"Summer Sixteen" debuted at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, and proved controversial, with Drake comparing his standing in hip hop to more tenured artists. Drake (musician)_sentence_167

This move divided many contemporary music critics, describing his self-comparison as "goodly brash" or "conventionally disrespectful." Drake (musician)_sentence_168

It was also interpreted as a diss track towards Tory Lanez, who was unhappy at Drake for popularizing the term "The Six" when referencing Toronto. Drake (musician)_sentence_169

Drake also crashed a Bat Mitzvah in New York City on February 20, performing at the event. Drake (musician)_sentence_170

Drake soon released the album's lead singles, "Pop Style" and the dancehall-infused "One Dance", on April 5. Drake (musician)_sentence_171

Both debuted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100; 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. Drake (musician)_sentence_172

The single also became Drake's first number one single as a lead artist in the United Kingdom, and peaked at number one in Germany, France, Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands. Drake (musician)_sentence_173

During an episode for OVO Sound Radio, Drake confirmed the album's release date of April 29, and followed it up with various promotional videos. Drake (musician)_sentence_174

On October 15, "One Dance" became Spotify's most-streamed song ever, amassing over 882 million plays as of October 2016. Drake (musician)_sentence_175

Views was previewed in London before its premiere on Beats 1 a day later. Drake (musician)_sentence_176

It was released as an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive on April 29 before being made available to various other platforms later that week. Drake (musician)_sentence_177

Views would become Drake's most commercially successful album, sitting atop the Billboard 200 for ten nonconsecutive weeks, as well as simultaneously leading the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 for eight weeks. Drake (musician)_sentence_178

It also achieved double-platinum status in the U.S., 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. Drake (musician)_sentence_179

Despite its success, critical opinion towards the album remained much divided, drawing criticism for being overlong and lacking in a cohesive theme, while also claiming Drake was not challenging himself artistically, as opposed to his contemporaries. Drake (musician)_sentence_180

He later released a short film titled Please Forgive Me, starring frequent collaborators and Swedish twin models Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta. Drake (musician)_sentence_181

As of 2019, Views remains Drake's best-selling album. Drake (musician)_sentence_182

Drake returned to host Saturday Night Live on May 14, serving as the show's musical guest. Drake (musician)_sentence_183

Later, Drake was named as a member of the Forbes Five, which ranks the wealthiest artists in hip-hop, placing fifth after Birdman, Jay Z, Dr. Drake (musician)_sentence_184 Dre, and Diddy respectively. Drake (musician)_sentence_185

Drake and Future then announced the Summer Sixteen Tour to showcase their collective mixtape, as well as their respective studio albums. Drake (musician)_sentence_186

This marked Drake's third co-headlining tour, which began in Austin, Texas on July 20. Drake (musician)_sentence_187

On July 23, Drake announced that he was working on a new project, scheduled to be released in early 2017, and was later named as the headline act for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Drake (musician)_sentence_188

The latter dates of the Summer Sixteen Tour were postponed, however, due to Drake suffering an ankle injury. Drake (musician)_sentence_189

During the 2016 OVO Festival, Kanye West confirmed that he and Drake had begun working on a collaborative album. Drake (musician)_sentence_190

Soon after, the music video for "Child's Play" was released, depicting Drake and Tyra Banks playing a couple encountering relationship issues at the Cheesecake Factory in a reference to one of the song's lyrics. Drake (musician)_sentence_191

On September 26, Please Forgive Me was released as an Apple Music exclusive. Drake (musician)_sentence_192

It ran a total of 25 minutes, and featured music from Views. Drake (musician)_sentence_193

At the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Drake received the most nominations, with 10, winning the awards for Album of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video. Drake (musician)_sentence_194

Drake later announced the Boy Meets World Tour on October 10, with twenty-six dates announced for the course of the tour in Europe. Drake (musician)_sentence_195

Seven additional dates were added a day later due to overwhelming demand. Drake (musician)_sentence_196

Soon after, during an episode of OVO Sound Radio, Drake confirmed he would be releasing a project titled More Life in December. Drake (musician)_sentence_197

However, he later pushed the date back to the new year. Drake (musician)_sentence_198

The project was described as a "playlist of original music", rather than being classified as a traditional mixtape or solo album. Drake (musician)_sentence_199

He was later revealed to be Spotify's most streamed artist for the second consecutive year in 2016, amassing a total 4.7 billion streams for all projects on the service, which is more than double the amount of streams he had in 2015. Drake (musician)_sentence_200

Drake later secured his second and third Grammy Awards, winning for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song at the 59th ceremony. Drake (musician)_sentence_201

Despite multiple setbacks, Drake announced More Life would be released on March 18, 2017, via a series of multiple video commercials released through Instagram. Drake (musician)_sentence_202

Upon release, More Life received mostly positive reviews, and debuted atop the Billboard 200, earning 505,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. Drake (musician)_sentence_203

It also set a streaming record, becoming the highest ever streamed album in 24 hours, with a total of 89.9 million streams on Apple Music alone. Drake (musician)_sentence_204

The album also garnered 61.3 million streams on Spotify, dethroning Ed Sheeran's ÷ as the highest opening on the service in a single day. Drake (musician)_sentence_205

He later won 13 awards at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in May, which saw him breaking the record for the most wins in a single show. Drake (musician)_sentence_206

Billboard also reported Drake had been present on the Hot 100 chart for eight consecutive years, and has the most recorded entries by a solo artist. Drake (musician)_sentence_207

He then released the single "Signs" on June 24, as well as reuniting with Metro Boomin on a single with Offset. Drake (musician)_sentence_208

The singles marked his first releases since More Life, with "Signs" was initially released as a collaboration between Drake and French fashion house Louis Vuitton, as part of the "Louis Vuitton Men's Spring-Summer 2018" fashion show. Drake (musician)_sentence_209

The event also had a playlist exclusively from OVO Sound, curated by label co-founder Oliver El-Khatib. Drake (musician)_sentence_210

Drake hosted the first annual NBA Awards on June 26, and starred in multiple commercials alongside his father in promotion of Virginia Black. Drake (musician)_sentence_211

Drake also appeared in The Carter Effect documentary, honouring the basketball career of Vince Carter, who was the first superstar player to play for the Toronto Raptors since the franchise's inception in 1995. Drake (musician)_sentence_212

The documentary also featured NBA players Chris Bosh, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, and LeBron James. Drake (musician)_sentence_213

2018–2019: Scorpion and Care Package; return to television Drake (musician)_section_6

Main articles: Scorpion (Drake album) and Care Package (album) Drake (musician)_sentence_214

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 2017. Drake (musician)_sentence_215

Two songs would later be released as members of a mini EP, titled Scary Hours, on January 20, 2018, marking Drake's first solo release since More Life, as well as his first appearance on any song after featuring on a remix of the Jay-Z song "Family Feud" with Lil Wayne, as the lead single of the latter's Dedication 6: Reloaded mixtape. Drake (musician)_sentence_216

Scary Hours featured the songs "Diplomatic Immunity" and "God's Plan", which both debuted within the top-ten, with the latter eventually breaking various streaming records as it debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Drake (musician)_sentence_217

The song was Drake's first song as a solo artist to reach number one, as well as his second chart topper as a lead artist. Drake (musician)_sentence_218

Drake earned his 70th top 40 entry after featuring on the Migos song "Walk It Talk It", which debuted at number eighteen, and peaked at number ten. Drake (musician)_sentence_219

He was later featured on BlocBoy JB's debut single "Look Alive", which was released on February 9, 2018. Drake (musician)_sentence_220

The song's entry at number six on the Hot 100 made Drake the rapper with the most top 10 hits on the Hot 100, with 23. Drake (musician)_sentence_221

He then featured on a remix to "Lemon", a song originally released as a collaboration between band N.E.R.D and Rihanna. Drake (musician)_sentence_222

On April 5, Drake announced he was finishing his fifth studio album and he was releasing a single later that night. Drake (musician)_sentence_223

On April 6, "Nice for What" was released, alongside a music video directed by Karena Evans, which featured several female celebrities. Drake (musician)_sentence_224

After "Nice For What" replaced his own "God's Plan" on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, making him the first artist to have a new number-one debut replace their former number-one debut, Drake announced the title of his fifth studio album as Scorpion, with a planned release date of June 29, 2018. Drake (musician)_sentence_225

He then released "I'm Upset" on May 26 as the album's third single. Drake (musician)_sentence_226

Scorpion was then released as a double-album, and marked Drake's longest project, with a run-time of just under 90 minutes. Drake (musician)_sentence_227

The album broke both the one-day global records on Spotify and Apple Music, as it gained 132.45 million and 170 million plays on each streaming service, respectively. Drake (musician)_sentence_228

It eventually sold 749,000 album equivalent units in its first week of sales, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Drake (musician)_sentence_229

In 2018, articles by The Guardian and Rolling Stone called him "the definitive pop star of his generation" and "perhaps [the] biggest post-Justin Timberlake male pop star of the new millennium", respectively. Drake (musician)_sentence_230

Shortly thereafter, Drake collaborated with British hip hop promotion Link Up TV on July 7, releasing a freestyle as a part of the promotion's 'Behind Barz' segment, before releasing another freestyle a week later after featuring on Charlie Sloth's long-running Fire in the Booth program on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Drake (musician)_sentence_231

Drake then earned his sixth number-one hit with "In My Feelings" on July 21, which also spawned the viral "#InMyFeelingsChallenge" or "#KiKiChallenge". Drake (musician)_sentence_232

The success of "In My Feelings" also made Drake the record holder for most number one hits among rappers. Drake (musician)_sentence_233

Soon after, he released the music video for "Nonstop", which was filmed in London during his surprise performance at the Wireless Festival. Drake (musician)_sentence_234

He then appeared on the Travis Scott album Astroworld, featuring uncredited vocals for his song "Sicko Mode", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake (musician)_sentence_235

Drake announced in July 2018 that he planned to "take 6 months to a year" to himself to return to television and films, producing the television series Euphoria and Top Boy. Drake (musician)_sentence_236

He then began the Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour with co-headliners Migos on August 12. Drake (musician)_sentence_237

This preceded a collaboration with Bad Bunny titled "Mia", which featured Drake performing in Spanish. Drake (musician)_sentence_238

He subseqeuntly received the award for Hot Ticket Performer at the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 16. Drake (musician)_sentence_239

During a performance in Edmonton on November 7, Drake announced his intention to begin composing his next project in early 2019. Drake (musician)_sentence_240

In February 2019, he received his fourth Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, for "God's Plan", at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Drake (musician)_sentence_241

During his speech, producers abruptly cut to a commercial break, leading viewers to speculate they were censoring his speech during which he criticized The Recording Academy. Drake (musician)_sentence_242

A legal representative for the Academy then released a statement stating "a natural pause [led] the producers [to] assume that he was done and cut to commercial," and added the organization offered him an opportunity to return to stage, but he declined. Drake (musician)_sentence_243

On February 14, Drake re-released his third mixtape, So Far Gone, onto streaming services for the first time to commemorate its 10-year anniversary, and later collaborated with Summer Walker on a remix of Walker's song "Girls Need Love", marking his first release of 2019. Drake (musician)_sentence_244

On April 10, during a performance on the Assassination Vacation Tour, he announced he was working on a new album. Drake (musician)_sentence_245

On June 8, Drake appeared on Chris Brown's single "No Guidance". Drake (musician)_sentence_246

On June 15, Drake released two songs, "Omertà" and "Money in the Grave", on his EP The Best in the World Pack to celebrate the NBA Championship win of the Toronto Raptors. Drake (musician)_sentence_247

On August 2, he released the compilation album Care Package, consisting of songs released between 2010 and 2016 that were initially unavailable for purchase or commercial streaming; it debuted at number one. Drake (musician)_sentence_248

2019–present: Dark Lane Demo Tapes and Certified Lover Boy Drake (musician)_section_7

Main articles: Dark Lane Demo Tapes and Certified Lover Boy Drake (musician)_sentence_249

Drake released the song "War" on December 24, 2019 with an accompanying music video. Drake (musician)_sentence_250

The song was noted for its UK drill-inspired instrumental. Drake (musician)_sentence_251

The following day, in an interview with Rap Radar, it was revealed that he was in the process of completing his sixth studio album. Drake (musician)_sentence_252

On January 10, 2020, Drake collaborated with Future on the song "Life Is Good", which appeared on the album High Off Life. Drake (musician)_sentence_253

On January 31, the pair again collaborated on the song "Desires", although it was released for free after being leaked. Drake (musician)_sentence_254

On February 29, Drake released the songs "When to Say When" and "Chicago Freestyle" with a combined music video. Drake (musician)_sentence_255

On April 3, Drake released "Toosie Slide" with a music video. Drake (musician)_sentence_256

The song and music video feature a dance, which was created with the help of social media influencer Toosie. Drake (musician)_sentence_257

The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Drake the first male artist to have three songs debut at number one. Drake (musician)_sentence_258

On May 1, 2020, Drake released the commercial mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes, with guest appearances by Chris Brown, Future, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, Fivio Foreign, and Sosa Geek. Drake (musician)_sentence_259

He also announced that his sixth studio album will be released in the summer of 2020. Drake (musician)_sentence_260

The mixtape is a compilation of new songs and tracks that leaked on the internet. Drake (musician)_sentence_261

It received mixed reviews and debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 with 223,000 album-equivalent units, and at number one on the UK Albums Chart, earning 20,000 units in its first week. Drake (musician)_sentence_262

On July 17, 2020, Drake was featured on DJ Khaled's two singles, "Greece" and "Popstar", debuting at numbers eight and three on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively, becoming Drake's record-extending 24th and 25th debuts in the Hot 100's top 10. Drake (musician)_sentence_263

It also became his 39th and 40th Hot 100 top ten entries, breaking Madonna's record for most Hot 100 top ten hits. Drake (musician)_sentence_264

On July 20, Drake and British rapper Headie One released the drill track "Only You Freestyle", making it the third drill-inspired song released by Drake in 2020, following "War" and "Demons", both of which appear on Dark Lane Demo Tapes. Drake (musician)_sentence_265

On August 14, Drake released "Laugh Now Cry Later" featuring Lil Durk, the lead single from his upcoming album Certified Lover Boy. Drake (musician)_sentence_266

On October 2, Drake was the solo guest feature on Bryson Tiller's album Anniversary (2020), appearing on the song "Outta Time". Drake (musician)_sentence_267

He subsequently appeared on the remix to "You're Mines Still", alongside Yung Bleu on October 16; just over a week later, on his 34th birthday, Drake announced Certified Lover Boy is set to be released in January 2021. Drake (musician)_sentence_268

Artistry Drake (musician)_section_8

Influences Drake (musician)_section_9

Drake has cited several hip hop artists as influencing his rapping style, including Kanye West, Jay Z, and Lil Wayne, while also attributing various R&B artists as influential to the incorporation of the genre into his own music, including Aaliyah and Usher. Drake (musician)_sentence_269

Drake has also credited several dancehall artists for later influencing his Caribbean-inflected style, including Vybz Kartel, whom he has called one of his "biggest inspirations". Drake (musician)_sentence_270

Musical style Drake (musician)_section_10

While Drake's earlier music primarily spanned hip hop and R&B, his music has delved into pop and trap in recent years. Drake (musician)_sentence_271

Additionally, his music has drawn influence from regional scenes, including Jamaican dancehall and UK drill. Drake (musician)_sentence_272

Drake is known for his egotistical lyrics, technical ability, and integration of personal backstory when dealing with relationships with women. Drake (musician)_sentence_273

His vocal abilities have been lauded for an audible contrast between typical hip-hop beats and melody, with sometimes abrasive rapping coupled with softer accents, delivered on technical lyricism. Drake (musician)_sentence_274

His songs often include audible changes in lyrical pronunciation in parallel with his upbringing in Toronto, and connections with Caribbean and Middle Eastern countries which include such phrases as "ting", "touching road", "talkin' boasy" and "gwanin' wassy". Drake (musician)_sentence_275

Most of his songs contain R&B and Canadian hip hop elements, and he combines rapping with singing. Drake (musician)_sentence_276

He credits his father with the introduction of singing into his rap mixtapes, which have become a staple in his musical repertoire. Drake (musician)_sentence_277

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. Drake (musician)_sentence_278

The lyrical content that Drake deploys is typically considered to be emotional or boastful. Drake (musician)_sentence_279

However, Drake is often revered for incorporating "degrading" themes of money, drug use, and women into newer, idealized contexts, often achieving this through his augmentation of the typical meaning of phrases in which he combines an objective and subjective perspective into one vocal delivery. Drake (musician)_sentence_280

His songs often maintain tension between "pause and pace, tone timbre, and volume and vocal fermata." Drake (musician)_sentence_281

Drake is credited with innovating what has been referred to as "hyper-reality rap", which is characterized by its focus on themes of celebrity as being distinct from the "real world." Drake (musician)_sentence_282

Public image Drake (musician)_section_11

A prominent figure in pop culture, Drake is widely credited for popularizing the Toronto sound to the music industry and leading the "Canadian Invasion" of the American charts. Drake (musician)_sentence_283

The Washington Post editor Maura Judkis credits Drake for popularizing the phrase "YOLO" in the United States with his single "The Motto", which includes, "You only live once: that's the motto, nigga, YOLO." Drake (musician)_sentence_284

Drake later popularized the term "The Six" in 2015 in relation to his hometown Toronto, subsequently becoming a point of reference to the city. Drake (musician)_sentence_285

Furthermore, the subject matter of his artistry often revolving around relationships have had widespread impact on social media through photo captions commonly used to reference emotions or personal situations. Drake (musician)_sentence_286

However, his lyrical contents have had a negative reception from fans and critics deeming him as sensitive, a trait that is understood as being antithetical to hip hop culture. Drake (musician)_sentence_287

June 10 was declared "Drake Day" in Houston, Texas. Drake (musician)_sentence_288

In 2016, Drake visited Drake University after a show in Des Moines in response to an extensive social media campaign by students that began in 2009, advocating for his appearance. Drake (musician)_sentence_289

In 2016, Drake spoke on the shooting of Alton Sterling, publishing an open letter expressing his concern for the safety of ethnic minorities against police brutality in the United States. Drake (musician)_sentence_290

The music video for "Hotline Bling" went viral due to Drake's eccentric choices in dancing. Drake (musician)_sentence_291

The video has been remixed, memed, and was heavily commented on due to Drake's unconventional nature on the song, causing it to gain popularity on YouTube, spawning several parodies. Drake (musician)_sentence_292

Drake has also been critiqued for his expensive, product placement-heavy attire, exampled by the video for "Hotline Bling". Drake (musician)_sentence_293

Drake modelled a $1,500 Moncler Puffer Jacket, a $400 Acne Studios turtleneck, and limited edition Timberland 6" Classic Boots. Drake (musician)_sentence_294

This foresaw collaborations between OVO and Canada Goose, in which various items of clothing were produced. Drake (musician)_sentence_295

Drake had also released his own collection of Air Jordans, dubbed the "Air Jordan OVOs". Drake (musician)_sentence_296

Moreover, his style and dress sense have caused GQ magazine to describe him as "[one of] the most stylish men alive". Drake (musician)_sentence_297

Achievements and awards Drake (musician)_section_12

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Drake Drake (musician)_sentence_298

Drake is the highest-certified digital singles artist ever in the United States, having moved 142 million units based on combined sales and on-demand streams. Drake (musician)_sentence_299

His highest-certified single is "God's Plan" (11× Platinum), and two of his singles, "God's Plan" and "Hotline Bling", have been certified 8× Platinum. Drake (musician)_sentence_300

He holds several Billboard chart records; he has the most number of charted songs (209) of any artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks), and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22). Drake (musician)_sentence_301

He also has the most number-one singles on the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Charts. Drake (musician)_sentence_302

As of 2019, Drake has won four Grammy Awards from 42 nominations. Drake (musician)_sentence_303

He has also won 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and has been ranked by Complex on their "Best Rapper Alive Every Year Since 1979" list, awarding Drake the accolade in 2011, 2012, and 2015. Drake (musician)_sentence_304

Billboard editor Ernest Baker stated "Drake managed to rule hip-hop in 2014", adding "the best rapper in 2014 didn't need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance". Drake (musician)_sentence_305

Drake was listed fourth on the Billboard year-end chart for Top Artists of 2015, third on the same chart in 2016 and was named the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016. Drake (musician)_sentence_306

In 2017, he surpassed Adele's record for most wins at the Billboard Music Awards in one night, winning 13 awards from 22 nominations. Drake (musician)_sentence_307

Pitchfork ranked Nothing Was the Same as the 41st best album of the decade "so far"—between 2010 and 2014, and ranked him fifth in the publication's list of the "Top 10 Music Artists" since 2010. Drake (musician)_sentence_308

Controversies Drake (musician)_section_13

Legal issues Drake (musician)_section_14

On May 31, 2009, Drake was robbed at gunpoint in Toronto's Little Italy district and was forced to forfeit a gold and diamond necklace, an Audemars Piguet watch, and $2,000. Drake (musician)_sentence_309

Two men, Soccerties Cotterell and Paul Lelutiu, were initially charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, three counts of pointing a firearm and possession of stolen property; these charges were later dropped. Drake (musician)_sentence_310

The men pleaded guilty only to conspiracy to commit robbery, and spent six months in jail. Drake (musician)_sentence_311

In 2012, singer Ericka Lee filed a lawsuit against Drake for the usage of her voice on "Marvins Room". Drake (musician)_sentence_312

Claiming to have provided the female vocals, Lee also alleged she was owed songwriting credits and royalties. Drake (musician)_sentence_313

Despite Drake's legal team countering by claiming that Lee simply requested a credit in the liner notes of the album, the matter was resolved in February 2013, with both parties agreeing to an out-of-court settlement. Drake (musician)_sentence_314

In 2014, Drake was sued for $300,000 for sampling "Jimmy Smith Rap", a 1982 single by jazz musician Jimmy Smith. Drake (musician)_sentence_315

The suit was filed by Smith's estate, who said Drake never asked for permission when sampling it for the intro on "Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2", claiming Smith himself would have disagreed as he disliked hip hop. Drake (musician)_sentence_316

Drake would win the lawsuit in 2017, with federal judge William Pauley ruling the content used was transformative, and there was no liability for copyright infringement. Drake (musician)_sentence_317

Also in 2014, it emerged that Drake was sued by rapper Rappin' 4-Tay, claiming Drake misused his lyrics when collaborating with YG on the song "Who Do You Love?". Drake (musician)_sentence_318

He sought $100,000 for mistreatment and artistic theft, which Drake paid to the rapper later that year. Drake (musician)_sentence_319

In 2016, Drake caused a nightclub in Oklahoma City to close down, due to his usage of marijuana and other illegal drugs being prevalent at the club. Drake (musician)_sentence_320

In 2017, Drake was embroiled in another lawsuit, being sued by producer Detail (Noel Fisher) over an alleged assault in 2014. Drake (musician)_sentence_321

Fisher claimed Drake's bodyguard, Nessel "Chubbs" Beezer, punched him in the face and allegedly broke his jaw over musical and financial disputes. Drake (musician)_sentence_322

Fisher also said the injuries caused him to be hospitalized for days and had to undergo several surgeries, following which he sued for damages related to medical bills and physical and emotional suffering. Drake (musician)_sentence_323

The case, which was set to undergo trial in May 2018, was dismissed by Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu after Fisher failed to show up for a final status conference. Drake (musician)_sentence_324

Lu ruled that Beezer solely acted in self-defense. Drake (musician)_sentence_325

Feuds Drake (musician)_section_15

Drake and Chris Brown were allegedly involved in a physical altercation in June 2012 when Drake and his entourage threw glass bottles at Brown in a SoHo nightclub in Manhattan, New York City. Drake (musician)_sentence_326

Chris Brown tweeted about the incident and released a song criticizing Drake weeks later. Drake (musician)_sentence_327

Despite no response from Drake, he and Brown both appeared in a comedic skit for the 2014 ESPY Awards, and rehearsed the skit together prior to the televised airing, virtually ending the dispute. Drake (musician)_sentence_328

In December 2014, Drake was involved in another altercation, being punched by Diddy outside the LIV nightclub in Miami, Florida. Drake (musician)_sentence_329

The altercation was reported to be over Drake's usage of the instrumental for "0 to 100 / The Catch Up", allegedly produced by Boi-1da for Diddy, before Drake appropriated the track for his own use. Drake (musician)_sentence_330

Drake was later rushed to the ER after aggravating an old arm injury during the dispute. Drake (musician)_sentence_331

Drake was also involved in a feud with Tyga, stemming from Tyga's negative comments about him during an interview with Vibe magazine. Drake (musician)_sentence_332

Drake would later respond on "6 God" and "6PM in New York", which has been interpreted as directly involved in Tyga's abrupt removal from Young Money Entertainment. Drake (musician)_sentence_333

Further controversy arose in July 2015 when it was alleged by Meek Mill that Drake had used ghostwriters during recording sessions for "RICO", one of the lead singles off Mill's second studio album. Drake (musician)_sentence_334

This proceeded further allegations that Drake did not help in promotion of the album, due to Mill discovering the ghostwriter, widely believed to be Quentin Miller. Drake (musician)_sentence_335

Despite Miller collaborating with Drake and receiving past credits, Mill assured that Miller had written Drake's verse for "R.I.C.O." Drake (musician)_sentence_336

Soon after, Funkmaster Flex aired reference tracks in support of Mill's claims, notably for "R.I.C.O. Drake (musician)_sentence_337

", "10 Bands", and "Know Yourself". Drake (musician)_sentence_338

This prompted Drake to respond with two diss tracks, titled "Charged Up" and "Back to Back", in the space of four days. Drake (musician)_sentence_339

Mill would later respond with "Wanna Know", before removing it from SoundCloud weeks later. Drake (musician)_sentence_340

Despite subliminal disses from either artist, the feud has not been officially reignited. Drake (musician)_sentence_341

Drake would further seek to denounce Funkmaster Flex during his Madison Square Garden shows on the Summer Sixteen Tour. Drake (musician)_sentence_342

Following Meek Mill's sentencing of two to four years for probation violation, Drake stated "Free Meek Mill" at a concert in Australia, and ended their rivalry on "Family Feud". Drake (musician)_sentence_343

Pusha T would also use the same rationale to criticize Drake on "Infrared" in 2018, prompting Drake to respond with the "Duppy Freestyle" diss track on May 25. Drake (musician)_sentence_344

Pusha T would directly respond to the track through "The Story of Adidon" on May 29, which presented several claims, including an accusation of Drake fathering a secret child. Drake (musician)_sentence_345

The pair are considered to have been in a rivalry since 2012, with Drake yet to respond to "The Story of Adidon". Drake (musician)_sentence_346

In 2016, Drake was embroiled in a feud with Joe Budden, stemming from Budden's derogatory comments when reviewing Views. Drake (musician)_sentence_347

Drake would allegedly respond to Budden through "4PM in Calabasas", prompting Budden to respond with two diss tracks in the space of five days, echoing the same sentiment Drake deployed during his feud with Meek Mill. Drake (musician)_sentence_348

Drake would later appear on "No Shopping" alongside French Montana, directly referencing Budden throughout the song. Drake (musician)_sentence_349

However, French Montana claimed that Drake's verse was recorded before the release of Budden's diss tracks. Drake (musician)_sentence_350

Despite Budden releasing two further songs in reference to Drake, he has yet to officially respond to Budden. Drake (musician)_sentence_351

In the same year, Drake mocked Kid Cudi for his mental health, drug use and suicidal urges on "Two Birds, One Stone" after Cudi launched an expletive-filled rant on the artist on Twitter. Drake (musician)_sentence_352

Cudi later checked into a rehabilitation facility following the release of the song, and continued to disparage Drake in further tweets. Drake (musician)_sentence_353

In mid-2018, Drake was embroiled in a feud with long-time collaborator Kanye West. Drake (musician)_sentence_354

In an appearance on the talk show The Shop in October, Drake recounted several business meetings with West, who voiced his desire to "be Quincy Jones" and work with him, to replicate the producer-artist relationship between Jones and Michael Jackson. Drake (musician)_sentence_355

West requested Drake play and inform him of upcoming releases, which was agreed to as Drake "felt a genuine vibe" from West, and after West gifted him the beat to "Lift Yourself", which inspired Drake to begin writing to the instrumental. Drake (musician)_sentence_356

West then requested Drake to travel to Wyoming to continue working, and arrived a day after close friend 40. Drake (musician)_sentence_357

40 said West was working on an album, contradictory to his previous aim of just wanting to "give [Drake] beats". Drake (musician)_sentence_358

Drake responded by saying West stated he would release in late 2018, and they should continue on. Drake (musician)_sentence_359

However, upon his arrival in Wyoming, Drake "[spent] the majority of time working on [West's] music", only exploring his own after playing the producer the song "March 14", which addresses Drake's relationship with his newborn son and co-parent. Drake (musician)_sentence_360

This prompted a conversation with West regarding his personal issues, after which, news of his son would be exposed by Pusha T. West would also release "Lift Yourself" and produce "Infrared", actions that greatly displeased Drake. Drake (musician)_sentence_361

This prompted him to denounce West in several songs and live performances. Drake (musician)_sentence_362

West would retaliate in a series of tweets in late 2018. Drake (musician)_sentence_363

Drake has also been involved in feuds with DMX, Kendrick Lamar, Common, The Weeknd, XXXTentacion, Jay-Z, Tory Lanez, and Ludacris, although the latter five have been reported to be resolved. Drake (musician)_sentence_364

Business ventures Drake (musician)_section_16

Endorsements Drake (musician)_section_17

Prior to venturing into business, Drake garnered several endorsement deals with various companies, notably gaining one with Sprite following his mention of drinking purple drank, a concoction that contains Sprite as a key ingredient. Drake (musician)_sentence_365

In the aftermath of his highly publicized feud with Meek Mill, Drake was also endorsed by fast food restaurants Burger King and Whataburger. Drake (musician)_sentence_366

Business magazine Forbes commented his endorsement deals and business partnerships "combined heavily" for Drake's reported pre-tax earnings at $94 million between June 2016 to June 2017, being one of the highest-paid celebrities during that period. Drake (musician)_sentence_367

OVO Sound Drake (musician)_section_18

Main article: OVO Sound Drake (musician)_sentence_368

During the composition of Nothing Was the Same, Drake started his own record label in late 2012 with producer Noah "40" Shebib and business partner Oliver El-Khatib. Drake (musician)_sentence_369

Drake sought for an avenue to release his own music, as well helping in the nurturing of other artists, while Shebib and El-Khatib yearned to start a label with a distinct sound, prompting the trio to team up to form OVO Sound. Drake (musician)_sentence_370

The name is an abbreviation derived from the October's Very Own moniker Drake used to publish his earlier projects. Drake (musician)_sentence_371

The label is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Drake (musician)_sentence_372

Drake, 40, and PartyNextDoor were the label's inaugural artists. Drake (musician)_sentence_373

The label houses artists including Drake, PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, OB O'Brien, Roy Woods, dvsn, Plaza, and Kash Doll, as well as producers including 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, Nineteen85, and Future the Prince. Drake (musician)_sentence_374

OVO Sound has released six albums, with two certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Drake (musician)_sentence_375

Toronto Raptors Drake (musician)_section_19

Main article: Toronto Raptors Drake (musician)_sentence_376

On September 30, 2013, at a press conference with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke, Drake was announced as the new "global ambassador" of the Toronto Raptors, thereby joining the executive committee of the NBA franchise, in conjunction with the announcement of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game being awarded to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Drake (musician)_sentence_377

This was also the setting where Drake was given The Key to the City. Drake (musician)_sentence_378

In the role, it was announced that Drake would help to promote and serve as a host of festivities, beginning with the All-Star Game. Drake (musician)_sentence_379

He would also provide consulting services to rebrand the team, helping to redesign its image and clothing line in commemoration of the franchise's 20th anniversary. Drake (musician)_sentence_380

He began by hosting an annual "Drake Night" segment with the organization, which began in 2013. Drake (musician)_sentence_381

Apple Music Drake (musician)_section_20

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Following the launch of Apple Music, a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc., the company announced Drake as the figurehead for the platform at their Worldwide Developers Conference in 2015, with the artist also penning an exclusivity deal with the service worth a reported $19 million. Drake (musician)_sentence_383

This saw all future solo releases by Drake becoming available first on Apple Music, before seeing roll out to other streaming services and music retailers. Drake (musician)_sentence_384

Drake had also developed the OVO Sound Radio station on Beats 1, which is utilized as the primary avenue for debuting singles and projects, with the station overseeing over 300 million unique users when it debuted More Life. Drake (musician)_sentence_385

Drake's partnership with Apple Music has largely been credited for the platform's sharp success, as it attained 10 million subscribers after six months, as well as giving birth to exclusivity from artists, with many independent and signed artists, such as Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, also brokering exclusivity deals with streaming services. Drake (musician)_sentence_386

Through signing with the company, Drake was one of the artists, alongside Pharrell and Katy Perry, to exclusively own an Apple Watch before the smartwatch saw public release. Drake (musician)_sentence_387

Virginia Black Drake (musician)_section_21

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Two months prior to the release of Views, Drake announced the development of Virginia Black, a bourbon-based whiskey. Drake (musician)_sentence_389

This would be his second foray into selling foodstuffs, previously partnering with celebrity chef Susur Lee to open Fring's Restaurant in Toronto. Drake (musician)_sentence_390

The beverage was created and also distributed alongside Proximo Spirits, as well as with Brent Hocking, a spirits producer who founded DeLeón Tequila in 2008. Drake (musician)_sentence_391

The company described the partnership as "fruitful [as they] share a passion for style, music, and the pursuit of taste [on] a quest to redefine whiskey." Drake (musician)_sentence_392

The product was launched in June 2016, and contained two, three and four-year old Bourbon whiskies. Drake (musician)_sentence_393

The company sold over 4,000 bottles in the first week domestically. Drake (musician)_sentence_394

The brand was also promoted and marketed through Drake's music and various tours, such as being part of the "Virginia Black VIP Lounge" additional package available for purchase during the Summer Sixteen Tour. Drake (musician)_sentence_395

Virginia Black shipped a further 30,000 units when rollout was extended to select international markets in late 2016. Drake (musician)_sentence_396

The company later aired commercials with Dennis Graham which featured the tagline of "The Realest Dude Ever" (in reference toward "The Most Interesting Man in the World" tagline employed by Dos Equis) after extending the sale of the drink to various European countries in 2017. Drake (musician)_sentence_397

DreamCrew Drake (musician)_section_22

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In 2017, Drake and Adel "Future" Nur co-founded the production company DreamCrew, which functions both as a management company and entertainment group. Drake (musician)_sentence_399

The company has produced the television series Euphoria and Top Boy. Drake (musician)_sentence_400

Their debut film as producers was with LeBron James and a production company, Uninterrupted, on the sports documentary The Carter Effect, detailing the impact of Vince Carter in Canada. Drake (musician)_sentence_401

100 Thieves Drake (musician)_section_23

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In 2018, Drake purchased an ownership stake in the gaming organization 100 Thieves, joining as a co-founder and co-owner. Drake (musician)_sentence_403

The investment was partly funded by music executive Scooter Braun and Quicken Loans chairman Dan Gilbert. Drake (musician)_sentence_404

Since the investment, the stake is estimated to be worth $125 million. Drake (musician)_sentence_405

Personal life Drake (musician)_section_24

Residence Drake (musician)_section_25

Drake lives in Toronto, Ontario, in a 35,000-square-foot, $100 million estate nicknamed "The Embassy", which was built from the ground-up in 2017, and is seen in the video to his song "Toosie Slide". Drake (musician)_sentence_406

He also has a home in Hidden Hills, California, which he has owned since 2012. Drake (musician)_sentence_407

Additionally, he owns a Toronto condo adjacent to the CN Tower and a Boeing 767 airplane. Drake (musician)_sentence_408

Musical relatives Drake (musician)_section_26

Drake's paternal uncles are bass guitarist Larry Graham and musician Teenie Hodges. Drake (musician)_sentence_409

Graham achieved both critical and commercial success as a member of the band Sly and the Family Stone, while Hodges featured as the lead guitarist and songwriter for Al Green, and contributed heavily on most of his work in the 1970s, including the hits "Take Me to the River", "Love and Happiness", and "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)". Drake (musician)_sentence_410

Relationships Drake (musician)_section_27

Drake dated singer Rihanna on-and-off from 2009 to 2016. Drake (musician)_sentence_411

He has mentioned the relationship in every one of his studio albums, and when presenting Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2016, he said "she's a woman I've been in love with since I was 22 years old." Drake (musician)_sentence_412

On his former relationship with her, he said on the talk show The Shop: Drake (musician)_sentence_413

Fatherhood Drake (musician)_section_28

Drake is a father to one son named Adonis, who was born on October 11, 2017 to French painter and former model Sophie Brussaux. Drake (musician)_sentence_414

Brussaux's pregnancy was the subject of several rumours after featuring in a TMZ article in early 2017. Drake (musician)_sentence_415

After the nature of the pair's relationship was discussed in Pusha T's "The Story of Adidon", Drake confirmed his fatherhood on the album Scorpion in 2018, citing a desire for his child's privacy. Drake (musician)_sentence_416

Discography Drake (musician)_section_29

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Studio albums Drake (musician)_sentence_418

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Tours Drake (musician)_section_30

Headlining Drake (musician)_section_31

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Co-headlining Drake (musician)_section_32

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Filmography Drake (musician)_section_33

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Film Drake (musician)_section_34

Drake (musician)_table_general_1

YearDrake (musician)_header_cell_1_0_0 FilmDrake (musician)_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleDrake (musician)_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesDrake (musician)_header_cell_1_0_3
2007Drake (musician)_cell_1_1_0 Charlie BartlettDrake (musician)_cell_1_1_1 A/V JonesDrake (musician)_cell_1_1_2 Minor roleDrake (musician)_cell_1_1_3
2008Drake (musician)_cell_1_2_0 Mookie's LawDrake (musician)_cell_1_2_1 Chet WaltersDrake (musician)_cell_1_2_2 Short filmDrake (musician)_cell_1_2_3
2011Drake (musician)_cell_1_3_0 BreakawayDrake (musician)_cell_1_3_1 HimselfDrake (musician)_cell_1_3_2 CameoDrake (musician)_cell_1_3_3
2012Drake (musician)_cell_1_4_0 Ice Age: Continental DriftDrake (musician)_cell_1_4_1 EthanDrake (musician)_cell_1_4_2 Voice roleDrake (musician)_cell_1_4_3
2013Drake (musician)_cell_1_5_0 Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesDrake (musician)_cell_1_5_1 Ron Burgundy fanDrake (musician)_cell_1_5_2 CameoDrake (musician)_cell_1_5_3
2014Drake (musician)_cell_1_6_0 Think Like a Man TooDrake (musician)_cell_1_6_1 HimselfDrake (musician)_cell_1_6_2
2017Drake (musician)_cell_1_7_0 6IX RISINGDrake (musician)_cell_1_7_1 Noisey documentaryDrake (musician)_cell_1_7_2
The Carter EffectDrake (musician)_cell_1_8_0 Documentary, also executive producerDrake (musician)_cell_1_8_1
2019Drake (musician)_cell_1_9_0 Remember Me, TorontoDrake (musician)_cell_1_9_1 Documentary by Mustafa the PoetDrake (musician)_cell_1_9_2

Television Drake (musician)_section_35

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YearDrake (musician)_header_cell_2_0_0 TitleDrake (musician)_header_cell_2_0_1 RoleDrake (musician)_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesDrake (musician)_header_cell_2_0_3
2001Drake (musician)_cell_2_1_0 Blue MurderDrake (musician)_cell_2_1_1 Joey TamarinDrake (musician)_cell_2_1_2 Episode: "Out-of-Towners: Part 1"Drake (musician)_cell_2_1_3
2001–2008Drake (musician)_cell_2_2_0 Degrassi: The Next GenerationDrake (musician)_cell_2_2_1 James "Jimmy" BrooksDrake (musician)_cell_2_2_2 Main role; 100 episodesDrake (musician)_cell_2_2_3
2002Drake (musician)_cell_2_3_0 Soul FoodDrake (musician)_cell_2_3_1 FredrickDrake (musician)_cell_2_3_2 Episode: "From Dreams to Nightmares"Drake (musician)_cell_2_3_3
ConvictionDrake (musician)_cell_2_4_0 Teen FishDrake (musician)_cell_2_4_1 Television filmDrake (musician)_cell_2_4_2
2005Drake (musician)_cell_2_5_0 Best Friend's DateDrake (musician)_cell_2_5_1 DaterDrake (musician)_cell_2_5_2 Episode: "Season Finale"Drake (musician)_cell_2_5_3
Instant StarDrake (musician)_cell_2_6_0 HimselfDrake (musician)_cell_2_6_1 Episode: "Personality Crisis"Drake (musician)_cell_2_6_2
2008Drake (musician)_cell_2_7_0 The BorderDrake (musician)_cell_2_7_1 PFC Gordon HarveyDrake (musician)_cell_2_7_2 Episode: "Stop Loss"Drake (musician)_cell_2_7_3
2009Drake (musician)_cell_2_8_0 Being EricaDrake (musician)_cell_2_8_1 KenDrake (musician)_cell_2_8_2 Episode: "What I Am Is What I Am"Drake (musician)_cell_2_8_3
SophieDrake (musician)_cell_2_9_0 KenDrake (musician)_cell_2_9_1 Episode: "An Outing with Sophie"Drake (musician)_cell_2_9_2
Beyond the BreakDrake (musician)_cell_2_10_0 HimselfDrake (musician)_cell_2_10_1 Episode: "One 'Elle' of a Party"Drake (musician)_cell_2_10_2
2010Drake (musician)_cell_2_11_0 When I Was 17Drake (musician)_cell_2_11_1 Episode: "Drake, Jennie Finch & Queen Latifah"Drake (musician)_cell_2_11_2
2011Drake (musician)_cell_2_12_0 Saturday Night LiveDrake (musician)_cell_2_12_1 Himself (musical guest)Drake (musician)_cell_2_12_2 Episode: "Anna Faris/Drake"Drake (musician)_cell_2_12_3
2012Drake (musician)_cell_2_13_0 Punk'dDrake (musician)_cell_2_13_1 HimselfDrake (musician)_cell_2_13_2 Episode: "Drake/Kim Kardashian"Drake (musician)_cell_2_13_3
2014Drake (musician)_cell_2_14_0 Saturday Night LiveDrake (musician)_cell_2_14_1 Himself (host/musical guest)Drake (musician)_cell_2_14_2 Episode: "Drake"Drake (musician)_cell_2_14_3
2016Drake (musician)_cell_2_15_0
2018Drake (musician)_cell_2_16_0 The ShopDrake (musician)_cell_2_16_1 HimselfDrake (musician)_cell_2_16_2 Episode 2Drake (musician)_cell_2_16_3
2019Drake (musician)_cell_2_17_0 EuphoriaDrake (musician)_cell_2_17_1 Drake (musician)_cell_2_17_2 Executive producerDrake (musician)_cell_2_17_3
Top BoyDrake (musician)_cell_2_18_0 Drake (musician)_cell_2_18_1

See also Drake (musician)_section_36

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