Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), aka Drake, is a Canadian recording artist and actor. Drake's father is an African-American from Memphis, Tennessee, and his mother is a white Jewish Canadian. He originally became known for playing the character Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (which, up until his guest host spot on Saturday Night Live, he didn't want to admit). After making a few mixtapes, in 2008 he was discovered by Lil Wayne. Drake's first studio album, Thank Me Later, released on June 15, 2010, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album has since gone platinum. He released his second studio album, titled Take Care, in November 2011. Drake has been nominated for several awards including Grammys, even being selected to perform at the 2010 Grammy award ceremony. Drake has also won several awards, including two Juno Awards in 2010 for Best New Artist, and Rap Recording of the Year, as well as the 2013 Grammy for Best Rap Album.His YMMV page is here.Not to be confused with Drake Bell.
Bowdlerise: His first hit single "Best I Ever Had", is changed from "You the fuckin' best, you the fuckin' best" to "You the, you the best" for radio play. The majority of his work is an example of this one, with "Find Your Love" being an exception.
Breakaway Pop Hit: "Forever" was originally from a 2009 documentary about LeBron James. However, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who knew this.
Colbert Bump: He's fond of hopping onto rising rappers' mixtapes, like the Migos ("Versace (Remix)") in 2013.
Gave a big one to Kendrick Lamar by giving him the "Buried Alive" interlude on Take Care.
And again for Nothing Was The Same, by including Jhene Aiko on "From Time" and Majiid Jordan on "Hold On (We're Going Home").
Drake also helped The Weeknd get exposure, featuring him on Take Care and providing guest verses on several of his mixtapes.
The Chick: Of the YMCMB clique, for his sensitive style compared to other contemporary rappers. There's a reason why he's been regarded as "the softest nigga in the game."
Freestyle Version: Around a quarter of the mixtape So Far Gone is freestyles, using songs by Jay-Z ("Ignorant Shit"), Kanye West ("Say You Will"), Lykke Li ("Little Bit"), Santogold ("Unstoppable") and Peter Bjorn and John ("Let's Call It Off"). note Should also be noted that Drake's controversial 2012 track "Jodeci Freestyle" is **not** an example of this trope, as it is over an original beat.
Genre Roulette: He switches between straight up rap (combining elements of both alternative hip hop and pop-rap) and pop/R&B. One of his top hits is "Find Your Love", which has no rap at all. Take Care especially has less rap and more of an alternative R&B feel.
Informed Judaism: He is Jewish. His video for "HYFR" shows him having an adult Bar Mitzvah and the subsequent party and his monologue on SNL had a re-enactment of his bar mitzvah back in 1999 (when he was 13 years old).
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Pretty much any song he raps in will be mis-attributed to him. In fact his rap on Rick Ross's "Aston Martin Music" was so long it was released as its own song on one of his mixtapes.
Sure, Why Not?: He goes with the rumors that him and Nicki Minaj are dating in one line in "Miss Me"("I love Nicki Minaj/I told her I’d admit it/I hope one day we get married just to say we fucking did it") and in her video "Moment 4 Life" they actually get married.
Toronto: He was obviously born there but he mentions specific streets in "Connect":
I take Eglinton to 401 East And exit at Markham Road and the East end Where all the pretty girls are sleeping
and ironically enough Chris Brown, in the remix to the latter's "Deuces" (with Kanye West and Andre 3000 of OutKast).
He also appears on the same record as Brown in the remix to Soulja Boy's "Yamaha Mama" and has a non-performing appearance in the video for DJ Khaled's "Take It To The Head" which features Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne.