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.
In 2008, the producers of overhauled the cast, eliminating Drake's character.
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.
However, it would only be onwards and upwards from then on.
On June 15, 2010, Drake released his first full studio album, , which debuted at No.
A bidding war for Drake’s signature followed and in mid-2009 he inked a record deal with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment.
The start wasn’t auspicious – he took a tumble on stage during the America’s Most Wanted Tour in July the same year, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and requiring surgery.
in the role of Jimmy Brooks, a wheelchair-bound character he played for seven years.
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.
It's no surprise that Jay Z labeled him as the Kobe Bryant of hip hop.
This included Drake's first hit single and music video, "Replacement Girl," which was featured as the New Joint of the Day on BET's popular hip-hop TV show .