10 Interesting Facts About The Rapper Drake
These 10 interesting facts about the rapper Drake help illustrate just how much this young Canadian rapper has accomplished in a short period of time. Drake has become a massive superstar rapper, has been nominated and won numerous awards, and has seen the world from the point of view of countless concert stages. Hopefully, after observing these ten facts about Drake you will understand how this interesting rapper reached the astronomical heights that his talent has taken him.
- The name "Drake." The two unsavory dictionary definitions for the word "Drake" are a male duck or a form of fish bait. But the rapper Drake certainly did not get his stage name from the dictionary. He got it from his birth certificate--Aubrey Drake Graham.
- Drake's ethnicity. Is Drake Latino, Middle Eastern or African-American? No, actually the rapper is bi-racial: His father is African-American (by way of Memphis, Tennessee) and his mother is Jewish-Canadian.
- Drake's musical family. Drake's father, Dennis Graham, is a respected drummer who has played for Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake also has two musical uncles, Larry Graham, a past bassist for Prince and Sly and the Family Stone, and Teenie Hodges, a guitarist who has co-written hits for Al Green and played with Talking Heads.
- Acting before rapping. Drake played wheelchair-bound teenager Jimmy Brooks in the television series: "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Drake was also featured in a Degrassi spin-off movie staring comedic director/writer/actor Kevin Smith called: "Jay and Silent Bob Do Degrassi."
- The co-sign from Lil Wayne. Before Drake became the future of Lil Wayne's pool of artists, Wayne acted as a mentor to Drake. Lil Wayne assisted Drake on his mixtape, "So Far Gone" and even recited some of Drake's lyrics at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
- An incredible record deal. Drake signed his record deal with Aspire, in partnership with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records, with distribution through Universal Records. Drake also received a $2 million up-front advance, all of his publishing rights and only has to hand over 25 percent of his music sales as a distribution fee.
- The singles. Drake's hit-making has been heavily rewarded. "Best I Ever Had" was a platinum single, selling over one million units and "I'm Going In," "Over," and "So Far Gone" all went gold, selling over 500,000 units.
- "Thank Me Later." Drake's debut album lived up to the hype, becoming a certified platinum seller on July 2010. Aspire, the record label that Drake signed to, is owned by his manager Cortez Bryant, who is also the CEO of Lil Wayne's record label, Young Money Entertainment.
- Noah "40" Shebib. The name may not ring a bell, but Drake's go-to guy for beats is the Toronto-based producer known as "40." Not only do they have a strong musical relationship and a long-lasting friendship, but "40" also has an acting resume as well--he played Parkie in Sofia Coppola's debut film, "The Virgin Suicides."
- "Hip Hop Since 1978." Drake is managed by the power house company Hip Hop Since 1978, as is Drake's in-house producer Noah "40" Shebib. If that wasn't enough superstar talent for them to manage, Hip Hop Since 1978 also manages the lucrative careers of Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Young Jeezy.