Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing several independent mixtapes before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
Drake’s EP, So Far Gone (2009), spawned the singles “Best I Ever Had”, “Successful”, and “I’m Goin’ In”, all peaking in the top ten of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.