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Today is Drake’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DRIZZY) and to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look back at Drake’s life and the things that made him who he is today. We broke down the ABCs of Drake so take a look below and learn a little more about Canada’s favourite rapper:
As we all know, Drake’s full name is Aubrey Drake Graham.
Drake refers to himself as “The Boy” a lot in his songs, especially on his latest album Nothing Was The Same. Example: “Always hated the boy, but now the boy is the man” (Worst Behaviour)
Next to Rihanna, Courtney from Hooters might be one of Drake’s more famous exes. This is thanks to the rapper’s not-so-subtle name drop in his song From Time. On it, he says, “The one that I needed was Courtney from Hooters on Peach Street/I’ve always been feeling like she was the piece to complete me/Now she engaged to be married, what’s the rush on commitment?” Naturally, the internet went crazy and tracked down Courtney.
The show that started it all for our boy. Without Degrassi, we wouldn’t have Wheelchair Jimmy and we wouldn’t have been able to launch the career of one of the biggest rappers in the game today.
Drake has long had an obsession with the late R&B singer Aaliyah. He’s referenced her in songs, sampled her on his first album Thank Me Later and has even written a letter to her on the anniversary of her death. The rapper took things a step further by briefly becoming the executive producer of Aaliyah’s posthumous album, but the project was eventually called off because of the negative feedback he and producer Noah “40” Shebib were getting. Out of the whole debacle, though, we did get this beautiful song featuring the two called Enough Said.
He claims that he started from the bottom, but most would argue that Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood is not exactly the definition of bottom. Alas, this is where Drake grew up, attending Forest Hill Collegiate Institute as a teen. (He later on went to Vaughan Road Academy.)
Just last year, Drake put out Girls Love Beyoncé, which is sort of an ode to Queen Bey. What we didn’t know, though, was that the rapper would later on team up with Beyoncé for real on her surprise visual album, Beyoncé. Turns out Girls and Drake love Beyoncé.
A few weeks ago, Drake took to Instagram to create his very own version of the Grammys called the #HoodGrammys. He gave away trophies like Vocal Performance of the Year to Bobby Shmurda and Best Latin Club Anthem to OVO signee IloveMakonnen’s Tuesday. Okay, so he’s a little biased, but the sentiment was there and it was fun nonetheless.
As we just mentioned IloveMakonnen is the latest addition to Drake’s OVO crew and Drake’s right, the Atlanta artist’s new single Tuesday is one of the best new tracks of the year and a bonafide club anthem.
Drake doesn’t hide the fact that he is half-Jewish and has even done a hilarious skit on Saturday Night Live about his Bar Mitzvah. Oh, and then there was the video for HYFR, of course.
As we reported this week, Drake was practicing his basketball skills at Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness recently and, well, he wasn’t so great. Maybe he should stick to being the global ambassador for the Raptors.
One of Drake’s closest confidants, Lil Wayne and his label Cash Money Records have been there for him since day one. YMCMB forever!
As he says on Worst Behaviour: “This ain’t the son you raised who used to take the Acura/5 a.m. then go and shoot Degrassi up on Morningside”
Noah “40” Shebib is known as Drake’s partner in crime and an integral player in Drake’s career. Shebib has not only produced tracks on every Drake album, but he has also produced work for Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx.
Drake’s world-famous brand is OVO, which stands for October’s Very Own.
Go to the 4:15 mark in this video to see what Pam Grier has to do with Drake. Just do it.
Drake sat down with Canadian radio personality Jian Ghomeshi for an hour-long interview on his show Q back in 2013, shortly after the release of Nothing Was The Same.
Trust us, we thought about putting Riri in the R slot, but the Toronto Raptors are just as important to Drake. Not only is Drake very passionate about his hometown’s basketball team, but he is also the global ambassador for the team.
Drake loves strippers and he loves to rap about them. Like, a lot. Recently, rumours have come up that he may have threatened a stripper after having sex with her, but sources close to Drake say that the allegations are totally untrue.
Drizzy’s hometown! This is Drake’s pride and joy.
The R&B star revealed recently that Drake will appear on his upcoming album. Yes, this is going to be the sexiest collab ever.
Even though we don’t have a release date for it yet, we do know that Drake’s new album will be called Views From the 6. The six (or 6ix as written on Drake’s merch) refers to Toronto, a new name that may or may not replace other nicknames like T-Dot or TO. It’s already catching on…
Drake’s most prominent protege is The Weeknd, who has since grown into a star in his own right. Even though rumours were everywhere that the two feuding or no longer friends, the two have proven that they have remained pals by working on music together.
Drake’s signature is OVO, but The Weeknd also has his own logo: XO! Together, they are OVOXO.
Drake is credited for popularizing the phrase “YOLO”, which stands for You Only Live Once. Admit it, you still say YOLO to all of your friends.
If you pay attention to the beginning of Started From The Bottom, you will hear a voice say “Zombie on the track,” which, similarly to Mike Will Made It, is the signature of producer Mike Zombie. Zombie has also recently produced DJ Khaled’s They Don’t Love You No More.