Aubrey Drake Graham. Born October 24, 1986. Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
Drake is the highest-certified digital singles artist ever in the United States, having moved 142 million units. He has had seven songs being certified triple platinum in the US for combined sales plus streaming units as of June 2018, with “Over”, “Too Good”, “Passionfruit”, “Nice for What”, “Marvin’s Room”, “Find Your Love”, and “Energy”. He has also had three exceed 4 million in equivalent units, with “Take Care”, “Headlines”,and “Best I Ever Had”. Three have reached quintuple platinum, with “Jumpman”, “Started from the Bottom”,  and “The Motto”. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” marked his first single to accumulate over six million units, while “Forever” became his second in 2018. Two of his singles have reached septuple platinum, which “Hotline Bling”  and “One Dance”, while his highest-certified single is “God’s Plan”, which was certified octuple platinum, having moved 8 million units, in under a year. Drake’s five solo studio albums, all of which have gone multi-platinum, have received numerous awards and generally positive reviews. Scorpion, his fifth solo album, became his fifth consecutive number one album in the U.S.
As of 2017, Drake has won a total of 3 Grammy Awards from 27 nominations. He has also won 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and has been ranked by Complex at number one on their “Best Rapper Alive Every Year Since 1979” list, awarding Drake the accolade in 2011, 2012, and 2015. Billboard editor Ernest Baker stated “Drake managed to rule hip-hop in 2014”, adding “the best rapper in 2014 didn’t need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance”.  Drake was listed fourth on the Billboard year-end chart for Top Artists of 2015,  third on the same chart in 2016 and was named the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016.[414] In 2017, he surpassed Adele’s record for most wins at the Billboard Music Awards in one night, winning 13 awards from 22 nominations.
Pitchfork ranked Nothing Was the Same as the 41st best album of the decade “so far”—between 2010 and 2014, and have ranked him in the fifth position in the publication’s list of the “Top 10 Music Artists” since 2010.