After leaving the show he became one of the biggest rappers on the planet after signing a deal with Lil Wayne's label Young Money Entertainment.
He is rarely out of the headlines, whether it’s for dating Rihanna or Jennifer Lopez, founding his own label, OVO Sound, or fronting the NBA’s Toronto Raptors as the team's global ambassador.
Since then, Drake's barrage of catchy, R&B-infused hip hop songs have dominated radio airwaves.
A bidding war for Drake’s signature followed and in mid-2009 he inked a record deal with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment.
His father is an African-American Catholic and his mother is a white Canadian Jew.
Speaking about his personal identity, Drake says: "At the end of the day, I consider myself a black man because I'm more immersed in black culture than any other. It makes me unique."Drake's parents divorced when he was five years old, and he was raised by his mother in Forest Hill, an affluent and predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Toronto.
While he was still appearing on , on his own October’s Very Own imprint (later to be shortened to OVO).
However, it would only be onwards and upwards from then on.Without his steady source of income, and not yet making significant money as a rapper, Drake was on the verge of looking for a day job. I might have to work at a restaurant or something just to keep things going," he remembers.But early in 2008, he received an unexpected call from Lil Wayne, who asked him to board a flight to Houston that night to join his Carter III tour., in February 2009.Drake says that his mother, Sandi Graham, also hails from a "very musical" family — his grandmother babysat Aretha Franklin.Drake comes from an eclectic and unique ethnic and religious background."When I was younger, she gave cool gifts and she'd make ." Despite his Jewish upbringing, Drake says he felt isolated at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, his virtually all-white high school.He has said that "nobody understood what it was like to be black and Jewish," but added that "being different from everyone else just made me a lot stronger."It was one of Drake's classmates at Forest Hill who gave him his start in the entertainment industry.On June 15, 2010, Drake released his first full studio album, , which debuted at No.1 on both American and Canadian album charts and was certified platinum.It's no surprise that Jay Z labeled him as the Kobe Bryant of hip hop.Born Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada, Drake grew up with music in his blood.