The Canadian-born rapper stands out as one of the greatest rappers not only in Canada and US but the world over. In addition to being a rapper, Drake is also a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Drake has enjoyed a steady rise in his career since entering the scene in 2001. He made his debut on 2017 Forbes Five list as the 5th wealthiest hip-hop artist in 2017.
Born Aubrey Drake Graham, the rap artist who also goes by the name Aubrey, Aub, as well as Aubrey Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario on October 24, 1986. Drake began his music career in 2001 and it wasn’t long before the world took notice of his prowess in rap music. This led to him being signed by renowned music producers who played a vital role in making him rise to fame in a short time.
It was at the age of 5 that his African American father and his Jewish Canadian mother decided to part ways and he remained with his mother. While growing up, he seemed to be moving towards being an athlete before he decided to tow the path of music in line with his family. His father, Dennis Graham and his uncle, Larry Graham, played musical instruments for Jerry Lee Lewis and Sly and the Family Stone respectively. His mother’s side of the family was also not left out in the music thing.
Prior to his amazing career, Drake started off acting in a local Canadian show known as Degrassi: The Next Generation. This was after being introduced to an agent who was a father to one of his high school classmates. After a couple of shows, the young and budding actor started to branch out into music.
Drake Girlfriends and Relationship with Rihanna
You may be able to count the number of men that have dated more women than Drake. It has gotten so not surprising that any woman he is seen with, no matter the age, is considered as either his girlfriend or the next in line.
Drake has dated more women in less than 10 years than many other men would get to date even if they are unlucky to return to this earth for a second and third time. What makes his dating history very interesting is that his real and rumored list has almost every woman from almost every field and age bracket.
Drake’s relationship menu has people like Keshia Chanté, Tyra Banks, Nicki Minaj, Blac Chyna and even others like Rita Ora, Serena Williams, and Jennifer Lopez. Even though some of these relationships have generated media interest, it was his relationship with Rihanna that somehow stood out.
Rihanna and Drake seemed to have the thing going for them before they called it quits. According to the rapper, he will always love and support her. By the way, he also revealed that there are some that don’t call him back after one date.
Drake Net Worth: Music Success and Tour Earnings
Working with already-established music producers such as Jas Prince, the founder of Rap-A-Lot records was key to his success. At 20 years old, Drake released a mixtape via MySpace as well as on his website. It wasn’t long before already-established and popular rap artists Lil Wayne came calling. In 2008, Lil Wayne, who was already a household name invited Drake to join him on a music tour. This led to him signing a recording deal with Lil Wayne’s music stable, Young Money Entertainment in 2009. By 2011, Aub’s net worth was estimated to be $20 million
At the age of 23, Drake was quoted saying that he would be making $25 million before he turned 25, a dream that seemed too big for one who just entered the music scene. Well, by the time he was 27, he already had a net worth of $40 million.
Drake has worked with other famous musicians including Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Kanye West, Birdman, Rihanna and many others. Backing from such great artists paved way for his rapid rise to success in less than 3 years.
Drake has performed in sold-out concerts; his songs have topped the Billboard’s, R&B, Hip-Hop charts and many others. In 2010, he was among the star performers at the 2010 Grammy Awards and also won the Best New Artist BET award in 2010.
The year 2016 was a massive year for Drake. His 4th studio album “Views” broke numerous records. The album became the first ever to score 1 billion streams on Apple Music. It featured multi-platinum singles like One Dance and “Hotline Bling”. The latter won him his second and third Grammy Award. Thanks to the incredible success of the album, Drake was able to earn $1 million per night on tour. The London shows for his “Boy Meets World Tour” grossed almost $14 million.
Drake has featured in a handful of movies, taking up a cameo role or portraying a different character. Some of his acts include; Beyond the Break, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Breakaway, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (voice), Think Like a Man Too and many others.
Endorsements and Businesses
Drake’s large fan base have earned him endorsement deals and sponsorship from top brands. In 2013, he signed a deal with Jordan brand from Nike as part of creating his own footwear line. This came at a time when Kanye West had been endorsed by Adidas after leaving the Nike stable.
Other companies that have endorsed the rapper include Apple, Kodak, Virgin America, and Sprite (Coca-Cola). He is an ambassador for NBA franchise Toronto Raptors. Drake makes an estimated $3 million from his endorsement deals.
Drake owns a clothing line OVO (October’s Very Own) and a record label OVO Sound.
Height and Body Measurement
Height: 6.6 feet
Body weight: 69 kg
Chest: 41 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Feet/ Shoe Size: 13