Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) is a Canadian actor-turned-rapper most famous for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the teen television drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. Born in Toronto, Canada and encouraged to take up rapping by his Memphis-based musician father, Graham initially released a series of mixtapes and a single, Replacement Girl, that drew the attention of the American BET network, who featured the song in early 2007 as the 'New Joint of the Day'. Drake's music soon found its way to Lil Wayne who signed the young rapper to his label/management stable Young Money Entertainment. Although Drake and Lil Wayne continued to collaborate on material for the next three years, it was not until March 2010 that Drake's debut artist album, Thank Me Later, emerged. Inspired by rappers like Andre 3000 and Nas, and earning comparisons to Kayne West's 808s & Heartbreak, the album marked Drake's arrival onto the national hip-hop stage.
Followers: Wale, Kid Cudi, Tyga
Influenced By: Nas, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Fabolous, T.I., Twista, 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, Jamie Foxx
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