Born in Ontario, Canada, Drake was initially known for his role as Jimmy Brooks on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." It wasn’t until 2006 that he stepped out as a rapper when he initiated a series of mixtapes. It took about three years for those mixtapes to circulate throughout the music scene, until 2009 when he became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry, with support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. His first single, “Best I Ever Had,” climbed to #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. Soon after, he released an EP comprised of songs from his mixtapes and it peaked at #6 on the US Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Since then, Drake has sold 4.5 million albums worldwide, won a Grammy award, and most importantly, coined the generational phrase “YOLO!” Drake performed on The Ellen Show in September 2013.

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