Drake (rapper)
Shop for Drake mp3s. Get Drake Rapper essential facts below. View Videos or join the Drake Rapper discussion. Add Drake Rapper to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Drake Rapper

Drake
Drake at the Velvet Underground - 2017 (35986086223) (cropped).jpg
Drake in August 2017
Born Aubrey Drake Graham
(1986-10-24) October 24, 1986 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Hidden Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
Years active 2001-present
Net worth US $100 million (2018)[1]
Children 1[2]
Awards List of awards and nominations
Musical career
Genres
Labels
Website drakeofficial.com

Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986)[5] is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He is one of the best-selling artists of the 21st century.[6] 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.[7]

Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010,[8] which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum. His next two releases, 2011's Take Care and 2013's Nothing Was the Same,[9][10] were critically and commercially successful; the former earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. In 2015, he released two mixtapes--the trap-influenced If You're Reading This It's Too Late and a collaboration with Future titled What a Time to Be Alive--both of which earned platinum certification in the U.S.[11]

His fourth album, Views (2016), broke several chart records.[12] The dancehall-influenced album sat atop the Billboard 200 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks,[13] becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over 10 years. The album's second single, "One Dance", topped the charts in several countries, and became his first number-one single as a lead artist. That year, Drake led both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 charts simultaneously for eight weeks.[14]Views achieved quadruple platinum status in the US, and earned over 1 million album-equivalent units in the first week of its release.[15][16] Its lead single "Hotline Bling" received Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.[17] In 2017, he released the mixtape More Life. Described by Drake as a "playlist",[18][19] it became his seventh consecutive number one on the Billboard 200, and set multiple streaming records.[20] A year later, he released the double album Scorpion, which also broke several streaming records,[21] and housed the number-one singles "God's Plan", and the bounce-infused "Nice for What" and "In My Feelings".

Drake holds several Billboard chart records. He has the most charted songs (186) among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks) and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22).[22] He also has the most number one singles on the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Charts.[23][24] Drake has also won three Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, and fifteen Billboard Music Awards. He is the RIAA's top certified digital singles artist and one of the world's best-selling music artists, with more than 10 million albums and 86 million singles sold globally.[25][26] As an entrepreneur, Drake has founded the OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator 40, as well as using the "OVO" moniker to create a clothing line and program on Beats 1 Radio.

Early life

Drake attended both Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (left) and Vaughan Road Academy (right) for high school.

Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario. His father, Dennis Graham, is an African American and a practising Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee, and worked as a drummer, performing alongside country musician Jerry Lee Lewis.[27][28] Drake's mother, Sandra "Sandi" Graham (née Sher), is an Ashkenazi Jewish Canadian who worked as an English teacher and florist.[29][30][31][32][33] His parents met after Dennis performed at Clue Bluenote in Toronto, where he first interacted with Sandra, who was in attendance.[34] In his youth, Drake attended a Jewish day school, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[35][36][37][38][39] He is also a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.[40]

Drake's parents divorced when he was five years old. After the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto, while his father returned to Memphis, where he was incarcerated for a number of years on drug-related charges.[41] Dennis' limited finances and legal issues caused him to remain in the United States until Drake's early adulthood.[35][36][37] Prior to his arrest, however, Dennis would travel to Toronto and bring Drake to Memphis every summer.[42][43][44] His father later collaborated with Canadian music group Arkells on the music video for a song titled "Drake's Dad".[45]

Drake was raised in two polarizing Toronto neighbourhoods; he lived on Weston Road in the city's working-class west end,[43] until grade six. In his youth, he played minor hockey with the Weston Red Wings.[46] Drake then moved to one of the city's affluent neighbourhoods, Forest Hill, in 2000.[47][48] When asked about the move, Drake replied, "[We had] a half of a house we could live in. The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half. I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. It was not big, it was not luxurious. It was what we could afford."[49]

He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he demonstrated an affinity for the arts, first acting while an active student at the school.[50] He later attended Vaughan Road Academy in the city's multicultural Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood. Due to the economic status associated with the neighbourhood, Drake described the school as "not by any means the easiest school to go to. [It's tough]."[43] Drake was often bullied in school for his racial and religious background,[35] and upon realizing that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his burgeoning acting career, Drake dropped out of school.[51] He later graduated in October 2012.[52]

Career

2001-2005: Degrassi: The Next Generation

At 15, eager to begin as an actor, a high school friend introduced Drake to his father, who was an acting agent.[53] The agent found Drake a role on Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake portrayed Jimmy Brooks,[54] a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. When asked about his early acting career, Drake replied, "My mother was very sick. We were very poor, like broke. The only money I had coming in was off of Canadian TV".[43] He would continue to appear on the show until 2007, returning for sporadic appearances until his character graduated from school. Overall, Drake appeared in a total of 145 episodes.[55]

2006-2009: Early mixtapes and So Far Gone

Lil Wayne, the founder of Young Money Entertainment, would sign Drake to the label in 2009.[56]

After becoming musically inspired by Jay Z and Clipse, Drake self-released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement, in 2006. The mixtape featured Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco, and included vast production from Canadian producers Boi-1da, and Frank Dukes. When asked about the mixtape, Drake described the project as "pretty straightforward, radio friendly, [and] not much content to it." The mixtape was released for sale only, and confirmed to have sold over 6,000 copies.[54] In 2007, he released his second mixtape, Comeback Season. Released from his recently founded October's Very Own label, it spawned the single "Replacement Girl", featuring Trey Songz. The song made Drake become the first ever unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET, with "Replacement Girl" being featured on the channel's "New Joint of the Day" segment on April 30, 2007.[57] The song also saw Drake sample "Man of the Year" by Brisco, Flo Rida and Lil Wayne, retaining Lil Wayne's verse, and adjoined his own to the song's earlier half. This caused Jas Prince to gift Lil Wayne the song, which prompted the rapper to invite Drake to Houston in order to join his Tha Carter III tour.[] Throughout the duration of the tour, Drake and Lil Wayne recorded multiple songs together, including "Ransom", "I Want This Forever", and a remix to "Brand New".[] Despite the collaborations between the duo, Drake was yet to be signed by Young Money Entertainment.

In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape, So Far Gone. It was made available for free download through his OVO blog website, and featured Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Omarion, Lloyd, and Bun B. It received over 2,000 downloads in the first 2 hours of release, finding mainstream commercial success due to the singles "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful", both gaining Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with the former also peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.[58] This prompted the mixtape's re-release as an EP, featuring only four songs from the original, as well as the additions of the songs "I'm Goin' In" and "Fear". It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and won the Rap Recording of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards.[59]

Due to the success of the mixtape,[60] Drake was the subject of a bidding war from various labels, often reported as "one of the biggest bidding wars ever".[61] Despite this, Drake was rumoured to have secured a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment on June 29, 2009.[62] This was later confirmed following a planned lawsuit from Young Money, in conjunction with Drake, against an unauthorized album titled The Girls Love Drake, which was released on iTunes under dubious means.[63]

Drake then joined the rest of the label's roster on the America's Most Wanted Tour in July 2009. However, during a performance of "Best I Ever Had" in Camden, New Jersey, Drake fell on stage, and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.[64] He underwent surgery later that year.

2010-2011: Thank Me Later

Drake planned to release his debut album, Thank Me Later, in late 2008, but the album's release date was postponed, first to March 2010,[65] and then to May 25, 2010.[66]Young Money and Universal Motown had then released a statement that the album had again been pushed back three weeks, for a June 15, 2010, release.[65][67]

On March 9, 2010, Drake released the debut single "Over",[68] which peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the Rap Songs chart. It also received a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards.[69] His second single, "Find Your Love", became an even bigger success; peaking at number five on the Hot 100, and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[70] The music video for the single was shot in Kingston, Jamaica, and was criticized by Jamaica's minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett. Bartlett condemned the portrayal of the island in the video, saying, "care has to be taken by all, including our creative artists, in [showcasing] images of our destination and people. Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing [the island's image]."[71] The third single and fourth singles, "Miss Me" and "Fancy" respectively,[72] attained moderate commercial success, however, the latter garnered Drake his second nomination at the 53rd Grammy Awards, for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.[73] On April 29, it was reportedly announced that Drake had finished Thank Me Later during a show in Kansas City, Missouri.[74]

Thank Me Later was released on June 15, 2010,[75] debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 447,000 copies in its first week.[76] Upon the album's release, 25,000 fans gathered at New York City's South Street Seaport for a free concert, hosted by Drake and Hanson, which was later cancelled by police after a near-riot ensued due to overflowing crowds.[77] The album became the top selling debut album for any artist in 2010,[78] and featured Lil Wayne, Kanye West,[79] and Jay Z.[80]

It was soon announced that Drake would have a prominent role in military science fiction video game, Gears of War 3. He was scheduled to play the part of Jace Stratton, but scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Away from Home Tour[81] prevented Drake from accepting the role.[82] He began the tour on September 20, 2010, in Miami, Florida, performing at 78 shows over four different legs.[83] It concluded in Las Vegas in November 2010.[84] Due to the success of the Away from Home Tour, Drake hosted the first OVO Festival in 2010. It would soon become a regular event during the summer, with the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto playing host to the festival on its annual cycle. Drake also had an eco-friendly college tour to support the album, beginning with Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. It concluded in Plymouth, New Hampshire on May 8, and he had also performed at The Bamboozle on May 1.[85][86]

2011-2012: Take Care

Beginning his second effort in fall 2010,[87] Drake announced his intentions to allow for Noah "40" Shebib to handle most of the production and record a more cohesive sound than on Thank Me Later, which featured disparate production duties by Shebib and others.[88] In November 2010, Drake revealed the title of his next studio album will be Take Care.[89] In comparison to his debut album, Drake revealed to Y.C Radio 1 that Thank Me Later was a rushed album, stating, "I didn't get to take the time that I wanted to on that record. I rushed a lot of the songs and sonically I didn't get to sit with the record and say, 'I should change this verse.' Once it was done, it was done. That's why my new album is called Take Care, because I get to take my time this go-round."[90] Drake sought to expand on the low-tempo, sensuous, and dark sonic esthetic of Thank Me Later.[91][92] Primarily a hip hop album, Drake also attempted to incorporate R&B and pop to create a languid, grandiose sound.[93]

Drake performing alongside Bun B in 2011.

In January 2011, Drake was in negotiations to join Eva Green and Susan Sarandon as a member of the cast in Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage,[94] before ultimately deciding against starring in the movie, to focus on the album. "Dreams Money Can Buy"[95] and "Marvins Room"[91] were released on Drake's October's Very Own Blog, on May 20 and June 9, respectively. Acting as promotional singles for Take Care, the former was eventually unincluded on the album's final track listing, while "Marvins Room" gained Gold certification by the RIAA,[96] as well as peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100,[97] and reaching the top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[98] coupled with extensive play on contemporary urban radio.[99] Drake would soon release the song's music video on June 28.[100]

"Headlines" was released on August 9, acting as the lead single for Take Care. It was met with positive critical and commercial response, reaching number thirteen on the Hot 100, as well as becoming his tenth single to reach the summit of the Billboard Hot Rap Songs, making Drake the artist with the most number-one singles on the chart, with 12.[101] It was eventually certified Platinum in both the United States and Canada.[102] The music video for the single was released on October 2, and foresaw Drake performing the song during the second intermission of the 59th National Hockey League All-Star Game in January 2012.[103] "Make Me Proud" was released as the album's second single, on October 16.[104] It was the final single to be released prior to the launch of the album, and debuted at number 97 on the Billboard Hot 100.[97] The song reached number nine the following week, tying the record for the largest jump on the Billboard Hot 100 for a male artist, with 88.[105] "Make Me Proud" soon became Drake's fourth consecutive single to receive Platinum certification by the RIAA.[106]

Prior to the album's release, Drake had planned to record a collaborative album with Lil Wayne, however, it was ultimately scrapped due to the success of Watch the Throne.[107][108][109] He had also begun collaborations with Rick Ross for a mixtape titled Y.O.L.O., but the duo decided against the project, in favor of increased concern for their respective studio albums.[110][111]

Take Care was released on November 15, 2011, and received generally positive reviews from music critics.[10] John McDonnell of NME dubbed it "an affecting masterpiece" and commended its "delicate, mellifluous sound and unashamedly candid, emotive lyrics."[112]Pitchforks Ryan Dombal found Drake's "technical abilities" to be improved and stated, "Just as his thematic concerns have become richer, so has the music backing them up."[113] Andy Hutchins of The Village Voice called it "a carefully crafted bundle of contradictory sentiments from a conflicted rapper who explores his own neuroses in as compelling a manner as anyone not named Kanye West."[114]Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot complimented the depth of Drake's "moral psychodramas" and stated, "the best of it affirms that Drake is shaping a pop persona with staying power."[115] It also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and achieved great commercial success, eventually being certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA in 2016, with sales for the album marking 2.6 million in the US.[116]

The album's third and fourth singles, "The Motto" and Take Care", were released on November 29,[96] and February 21, 2012 respectively.[117] Each song was subject to commercial success, while also having large societal impacts, with "The Motto" credited for popularizing the phrase "YOLO" in the United States.[118][119] The music video for "Take Care" saw widespread acclaim, with MTV stating, "None of his contemporaries - not even the ever-obtuse Kanye [West] - make videos like this, mostly because no one else can get away with it."[120] The video received four nominations at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, for Best Male Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Video of the Year.[121] The song was also featured on the channel's "Pop Songs You Must Hear" list of 2011.[122] "HYFR" was the final single to be released from the album, and became certified Gold.[123][124] It would later win the MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video in 2012,[125][126] and the channel also ranked him at number two on their "Hottest MCs in the Game" list.[127]

In promotion of his second album, Drake embarked on the worldwide Club Paradise Tour. It became the most successful hip hop tour of 2012, grossing over $42 million.[128] He then returned to acting, starring in Ice Age: Continental Drift as Ethan.[129]

2012-2015: Nothing Was the Same and commercial mixtapes

During the European leg of the Club Paradise Tour, Drake spoke in an interview stating that he had begun working on his third studio album. Revealing his intentions to remain with 40 as the album's executive producer, Drake spoke fondly about Jamie xx, hoping to include and expand the British producer's influence over his next album.[130] Drake had also revealed that the album would stylistically differ from Take Care, departing from the ambient production and despondent lyrics prevalent previously.[131]

In January 2013, Drake announced that he would release the first single off of his third album at the conclusion of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.[132][133] Despite an initial delay, it was released in the wake of his win for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the event, and it foresaw Drake announcing Nothing Was the Same as the title of his third album.[134] The album's second single, "Hold On, We're Going Home", was released in August 2013, becoming the most successful single off of the album, peaking at number-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[135] Drake sought inspiration from the 1980s television series Miami Vice during the composition of the song's music video, incorporating the dramatic elements seen in the show en route to winning his second MTV Video Music Award in 2014 for the video.[136][137][138] Drake appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing the album's third single, "Too Much", alongside featured artist Sampha.[139]

Nothing Was the Same was released on September 24, 2013, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 658,000 copies sold in its first week of release. The album debuted atop the charts in Canada, Denmark, Australia and the United Kingdom. The album also enjoyed generally favourable reviews by contemporary music critics, commending the musical shift in terms of the tone and subject matter, comparing it to the distinct change showcased in 808s & Heartbreak.[140] The album was also reported to have sold over 1,720,000 copies in the United States, and was further promoted by the "Would You like a Tour?" throughout late 2013, to early 2014.[141] It became the 22nd-most successful tour of the year, grossing an estimated $46 million.[142] Drake then returned to acting in January 2014, hosting Saturday Night Live, as well as serving as the musical guest. His versatility, acting ability and comedic timing were all praised by critics, describing it as what "kept him afloat during the tough and murky SNL waters".[143][144][145] Drake also performed in Dubai, being one of the only artists ever to perform in the city.[146] In late 2014, Drake announced that he had begun recording sessions for his fourth studio album.[147]

On February 12, 2015, Drake released If You're Reading This It's Too Late onto iTunes, with no prior announcement. Despite debate on whether it is an album[148] or a mixtape,[149] its commercial stance quantifies it as his fourth retail project with Cash Money Records, a scheme that was rumored to allow Drake to leave the label.[150][151] However, he eventually remained with Cash Money, and If You're Reading This It's Too Late sold over 1 million units in 2015, making Drake the first artist with a platinum project in 2015, as well as his fourth overall.[152] Drake proceeded If You're Reading This It's Too Late with a collaborative mixtape with Future,[153][154] which was recorded in Atlanta in just under a week.[155]

External image
Drake's cover on Fader Magazine's 100th Issue from January 2015

What a Time to Be Alive debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making Drake the first hip hop artist to have two projects reach number one in the same year since 2004.[156] It was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for combined sales, streaming and track-sales equivalent of over 1 million units.[157] Drake also appeared on the cover of The Fader for their 100th issue.[158]

2016-2018: Views and More Life

Drake announced in January 2016 that his fourth studio album would be launched during the spring, releasing the promotional single "Summer Sixteen" later that month. The album was originally titled Views from the 6, but would later be shortened to Views.[159] "Summer Sixteen" debuted at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, and proved controversial, with Drake comparing his standing in hip hop to more tenured artists. This move divided many contemporary music critics, describing his self-comparison as "goodly brash" or "conventionally disrespectful."[160][161][162] It was also interpreted as a diss track towards Tory Lanez, who was unhappy at Drake popularizing the term "The Six" when referencing Toronto.[163][164] Drake also crashed a Bat Mitzvah in New York City on February 20, performing at the event.[165]

Drake soon released the album's lead singles, "Pop Style" and the dancehall-infused "One Dance", on April 5. Both debuted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100,[166] however, the latter proved more commercially successful, with "One Dance" becoming Drake's first number-one single in Canada and the US as a leading artist.[167][168] The single also became Drake's first number one single as a lead artist in the United Kingdom, and peaked at number one in Germany, France, Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands.[169][170] During an episode for OVO Sound Radio, Drake confirmed the album's release date of April 29, and followed it up with various promotional videos.[171] On October 15, "One Dance" became Spotify's most-streamed song ever, amassing over 882 million plays as of October 2016.[172]

Drake performing at the Summer Sixteen Tour in Toronto in 2016.

Views was previewed in London, before its premiere on Beats 1 a day later. It was released as an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive on April 29, before being made available to various other platforms later that week.[173][174]Views would become Drake's most commercially successful album, sitting atop the Billboard 200 for ten nonconsecutive weeks, as well as simultaneously leading the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 for eight weeks. It also achieved double-platinum status in the US, and earned over 1 million album-equivalent units in the first week of its release, as well as gaining over half-billion overall streams of the album.[15][16][175] Despite its success, critical opinion towards the album remained much divided, drawing criticism for being overlong and lacking in a cohesive theme, while also claiming Drake was not challenging himself artistically, as opposed to his contemporaries.[176] He would later plan to release a short film titled Please Forgive Me.[177]

Drake returned to host Saturday Night Live on May 14, serving as the show's musical guest.[178] Later, Drake was named as a member of the Forbes Five, which ranks the wealthiest artists in hip-hop, placing fifth after Birdman, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, and Diddy respectively.[179] Drake and Future then announced the Summer Sixteen Tour to showcase their collective mixtape, as well as their respective studio albums. This marked Drake's third co-headlining tour, which began in Austin, Texas on July 20.[180][181][182] On July 23, Drake announced that he was working on a new project, scheduled to be released in early 2017,[183] and was later named as the headline act for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival.[184] The latter dates of the Summer Sixteen Tour were postponed, however, due to Drake suffering an ankle injury.[185] During the 2016 OVO Festival, Kanye West confirmed that he and Drake had begun working on a collaborative album.[186] Soon after, the music video for "Child's Play" was released, depicting Drake and Tyra Banks playing a couple encountering relationship issues at the Cheesecake Factory in a reference to one of the song's lyrics.[187] On September 26, Please Forgive Me was released as an Apple Music exclusive. It ran a total of 25 minutes, and featured music from Views.[188] At the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Drake received the most nominations, with 10,[189] winning the awards for Album of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video.[190][191] Drake later announced the Boy Meets World Tour on October 10, with twenty-six dates announced for the course of the tour in Europe.[192] Seven additional dates were added a day later due to overwhelming demand.[193] Soon after, during an episode of OVO Sound Radio, Drake confirmed he would be releasing a project titled More Life in December, however he later pushed the date back to the new year. The project was described as a "playlist of original music", rather than being classified as a traditional mixtape or solo album.[194] He was later revealed to be Spotify's most streamed artist for the second consecutive year in 2016, amassing a total 4.7 billion streams for all projects on the service, which is more than double the amount of streams he had in 2015.[195] Drake later secured his second and third Grammy Awards, winning for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song at the 59th ceremony.[17] Despite multiple setbacks, Drake announced More Life would be released on March 18, 2017, via a series of multiple video commercials released through Instagram.[196] Upon release, More Life received mostly positive reviews, and debuted atop the Billboard 200, earning 505,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.[197] It also set a streaming record, becoming the highest ever streamed album in 24 hours, with a total of 89.9 million streams on Apple Music alone. The album also garnered 61.3 million streams on Spotify, dethroning Ed Sheeran's ÷ as the highest opening on the service in a single day.[198] He later won 13 awards at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in May, which saw him breaking the record for the most wins in a single show.[199]Billboard also reported Drake had been present on the Hot 100 chart for eight consecutive years, and has the most recorded entries by a solo artist.[200]

He then released the single "Signs" on June 24, as well as reuniting with Metro Boomin on a single with Offset.[201][202] The singles marked his first releases since More Life, with "Signs" was initially released as a collaboration between Drake and French fashion house Louis Vuitton, as part of the "Louis Vuitton Men's Spring-Summer 2018" fashion show.[203] The event also had a playlist exclusively from OVO Sound, curated by label co-founder Oliver El-Khatib.[204] Drake later hosted the first annual NBA Awards on June 26, and starred in multiple commercials alongside his father in promotion of Virginia Black.[205][206] Drake then appeared in The Carter Effect documentary, honouring the basketball career of Vince Carter, who was the first superstar player to appear for the Toronto Raptors since the franchise's inception in 1995.[207] The documentary also featured NBA players Chris Bosh, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, and LeBron James.

2018-present: Scorpion

After rumours circulated of Drake possibly collaborating with various artists, including rapper Trippie Redd and producer Pi'erre Bourne, for his new studio album, multiple snippets of songs were leaked near the closing end of 2017.[208][209][210] Two songs would later be released as members of a mini EP, titled Scary Hours, on January 20, 2018, marking Drake's first solo release since More Life, as well as his first appearance on any song after featuring on a remix of the Jay-Z song "Family Feud" with Lil Wayne, as the lead single of the latter's Dedication 6: Reloaded mixtape.[211]Scary Hours featured the songs "Diplomatic Immunity" and "God's Plan", which both debuted within the top-ten, with the latter eventually breaking various streaming records as it debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.[212][213][214] The song was Drake's second as a solo artist to reach number one.

Drake earned his 70th top 40 hit after featuring on the Migos song "Walk It Talk It", which debuted at number eighteen, and peaked at number ten.[215] He later featured on BlocBoy JB's debut single, "Look Alive", which was released on February 9, 2018.[216] The song's entry at number six on the Hot 100 made Drake the rapper with the most top 10 hits on the Hot 100, with 23.[217] He then featured on a remix to "Lemon", a song originally released as a collaboration between band N.E.R.D and Rihanna. On April 5, Drake announced he was finishing his fifth studio album and he was releasing a single later that night.[218] On April 6, "Nice for What" was released, alongside a music video, which featured several female celebrities.[219][220] After "Nice For What" replaced his own "God's Plan" on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, making him the first artist to have a new number-one debut replace their former number-one debut, Drake announced the title of his fifth studio album as Scorpion, with a planned release date of June 29, 2018.[221][222] He then released "I'm Upset" on May 26, as the album's third and final single.[223]Scorpion was then released as a double-album, and marked Drake's longest project, with a run-time of just under 90 minutes. The album broke both the one-day global records on Spotify and Apple Music, as it gained 132.45 million and 170 million plays on each streaming service, respectively.[224] It eventually sold 749,000 album equivalent units in its first week of sales, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.[225][226] Shortly thereafter, Drake collaborated with British hip hop promotion Link Up TV on July 7, releasing a freestyle as a part of the promotion's 'Behind Barz' segment,[227] before releasing another freestyle a week later after featuring on Charlie Sloth's long-running Fire in the Booth program on BBC Radio 1Xtra.[228] Drake then captured his sixth number-one hit with "In My Feelings" on July 21,[229] which also spawned the viral "#InMyFeelingsChallenge" or "#KiKiChallenge".[230][231][232] The success of "In My Feelings" also made Drake the record holder for most number one hits among rappers.[233] Soon after, he released the music video for "Nonstop", which was filmed in London during his surprise performance at the Wireless Festival.[234]

He then appeared on the album Astroworld, featuring on the song "Sicko Mode", which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.[235] He then began the Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour with co-headliners Migos on August 12. This preceded a collaboration with Bad Bunny titled "Mia", which featured Drake performing in Spanish.[236] He later captured the award for Hot Ticket Performer at the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 16.

Artistry

Influences

Drake has cited several hip hop artists as influencing his rapping style, including Kanye West,[237]Jay Z,[238] and Lil Wayne,[239] while also attributing various R&B artists as influential to the incorporation of the genre into his own music, including Aaliyah,[240] and Usher.[241] Drake has also credited several dancehall artists for later influencing his Caribbean-inflected style, including Vybz Kartel, whom he has called one of his "biggest inspirations".[242][243]

Musical style

Drake has credited Kanye West (left) and Aaliyah (right) as being his biggest musical influences.

Drake is known for his egotistical lyrics, technical ability, and integration of personal backstory when dealing with relationships with women.[244] His vocal abilities have been lauded for an audible contrast between typical hip-hop beats and melody, with sometimes abrasive rapping coupled with softer accents, delivered on technical lyricism.[245] His songs often include audible changes in lyrical pronunciation in parallel with his upbringing in Toronto, and connections with Caribbean and Middle Eastern countries which include such phrases as "ting", "touching road", "talkin' boasy" and "gwanin' wassy".[245] Most of his songs contain R&B and Canadian hip hop elements, and he combines rapping with singing.[246] He credits his father with the introduction of singing into his rap mixtapes, which have become a staple in his musical repertoire. His incorporation of melody into technically complex lyrics was supported by Lil Wayne, and has subsequently been a critically acclaimed component to Drake's singles and albums.[247] His rapping ability has been noted as "polarizing", and has contributed to him being named one of the most divisive rappers of his generation by multiple critics and media publications.[248]

The lyrical content that Drake deploys is typically considered to be emotional[249] or boastful.[250] However, Drake is often revered for incorporating "degrading" themes of money, drug use, and women into newer, idealized contexts, often achieving this through his augmentation of the typical meaning of phrases in which he combines an objective and subjective perspective into one vocal delivery. His songs often maintain tension between "pause and pace, tone timbre, and volume and vocal fermata."[251] Drake is credited with innovating what has been referred to as "hyper-reality rap", which is characterized by its focus on themes of celebrity as being distinct from the "real world."[252]

Public image

The Washington Post editor Maura Judkis credits Drake for popularizing the phrase "YOLO" in the United States, with his single, "The Motto", which includes, "You only live once: that's the motto, nigga, YOLO."[253] Drake later popularized the term "The Six" in 2015 in relation his hometown Toronto, subsequently becoming a point of reference to the city.[254] Furthermore, the subject matter of his artistry often revolving around relationships, have had widespread impact on social media through photo captions commonly used to reference emotions or personal situations.[255][256][257] However, his lyrical contents have had a negative reception from fans and critics deeming him as sensitive; a trait that is understood as being antithetical to hip hop culture.[258] June 10 was declared "Drake Day" in Houston, Texas.[259][260][261] In 2016, Drake visited Drake University after a show in Des Moines, in response to an extensive social media campaign by students that began in 2009, advocating for his appearance.[262][263] In 2016, Drake spoke on the shooting of Alton Sterling, publishing an open letter expressing his concern for the safety of ethnic minorities against police brutality in the United States.[264] He would also donate $200,000 in order to aid relief efforts in Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey.[265] In February 2018, following the single "God's Plan" debut at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Drake donated $50,000 to a Miami homeless shelter[266] and giving a University of Miami student $50,000 to help with her tuition.[267] Drake then "kept up the spending spree" by donating the rest of the song's video budget, $996,631.90, to several charitable causes and regular people across Miami.[268][269]

The music video for "Hotline Bling" went viral, due to Drake's eccentric choices in dancing.[270] The video has been remixed, memed, and was heavily commented on due to Drake's unconventional nature on the song,[271] causing it to gain popularity on YouTube, spawning several parodies.[272] Drake has also been critiqued for his expensive, product placement-heavy attire, exampled by the video for "Hotline Bling". Drake modelled a $1,500 Moncler Puffer Jacket, a $400 Acne Studios turtleneck, and limited edition Timberland 6" Classic Boots.[273][274] This foresaw collaborations between OVO and Canada Goose,[275] in which various items of clothing were produced.[276] Drake had also released his own collection of Air Jordans, dubbed the "Air Jordan OVOs".[277] Moreover, his style and dress sense have caused GQ magazine to describe him as "[one of] the most stylish men alive".[278]

Controversies

Legal issues

In 2012, singer Ericka Lee filed a lawsuit against Drake for the usage of her voice on "Marvins Room". Claiming to have provided the female vocals, Lee also alleged she was owed songwriting credits and royalties.[279] Despite Drake's legal team countering by claiming that Lee simply requested a credit in the liner notes of the album, the matter was resolved in February 2013, with both parties agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.[280] In 2014, Drake was sued for $300,000 for sampling "Jimmy Smith Rap", a 1982 single by jazz musician, Jimmy Smith. The suit was filed by Smith's estate, who stated Drake never asked for permission when sampling it for the intro on "Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2", claiming Smith himself would have disagreed as he disliked hip hop.[281][282] Drake would win the lawsuit in 2017, with federal judge William Pauley ruling the content used was transformative, and there was no liability for copyright infringement.[283] Also in 2014, it emerged that Drake was sued by rapper Rappin' 4-Tay, claiming Drake misused his lyrics on when collaborating with YG on the song "Who Do You Love?". He sought $100,000 for mistreatment and artistic theft, which Drake paid to the rapper later that year.[284] In 2016, Drake caused a nightclub in Oklahoma City to close down, due to his usage of marijuana and other illegal drugs being prevalent at the club.[285]

In 2017, Drake was embroiled in another lawsuit, being sued by producer Detail (Noel Fisher) over an alleged assault in 2014. Fisher claimed Drake's bodyguard, Nessel "Chubbs" Beezer, punched him in the face and allegedly broke his jaw over musical and financial disputes. Fisher also says the injuries caused him to be hospitalized for days and had to undergo several surgeries, following which he sued for damages related to medical bills and physical and emotional suffering.[286] The case, which was set to undergo trial in May 2018, was eventually dismissed by Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu, after Fisher failed to show up for a final status conference, and ruled Beezer solely acted in self-defense.[287]

Feuds

Drake and Chris Brown were allegedly involved in a physical altercation in June 2012, when Drake and his entourage threw glass bottles at Brown in a SoHo nightclub in Manhattan, New York City. Chris Brown tweeted about the incident and released a song criticizing Drake weeks later.[288][289][290] Despite no response from Drake, he and Brown both appeared in a comedic skit for the 2014 ESPY Awards, and rehearsed the skit together prior to the televised airing, virtually ending the dispute.[291]

In December 2014, Drake was involved in another altercation, being punched by Diddy outside the LIV nightclub in Miami, Florida. The altercation was reported to be over Drake's usage of the instrumental for "0 to 100 / The Catch Up", allegedly produced by Boi-1da for Diddy, before Drake appropriated the track for his own use. Drake was later rushed to the ER after aggravating an old arm injury during the dispute.[292] Drake was also involved in a feud with Tyga, stemming from Tyga's negative comments towards him during an interview with Vibe magazine.[293] Drake would later respond on "6 God" and "6PM in New York", which has been interpreted as directly involved in Tyga's abrupt removal from Young Money Entertainment.[294]

Further controversy arose in July 2015, when it was alleged by Meek Mill that Drake had used ghostwriters during recording sessions for "RICO", one of the lead singles off of Mill's second studio album. This proceeded further allegations that Drake did not help in promotion of the album, due to Mill discovering the ghostwriter, widely believed to be Quentin Miller.[295] Despite Miller collaborating with Drake and receiving past credits, Mill assured that Miller had written Drake's verse for "R.I.C.O.". Soon after, Funkmaster Flex aired reference tracks in support of Mill's claims, notably for "R.I.C.O.", "10 Bands", and "Know Yourself". This prompted Drake to respond with two diss tracks, titled "Charged Up"[296] and "Back to Back",[297] in the space of four days. Mill would later respond with "Wanna Know",[298] before removing it from SoundCloud weeks later.[299] Despite subliminal disses[300][301][302] from either artist,[303] the feud has not been officially reignited. Drake would further seek to denounce Funkmaster Flex during his Madison Square Garden shows on the Summer Sixteen Tour.[304][305] Following Meek Mill's sentencing of two to four years for probation violation, Drake stated "Free Meek Mill" at a concert in Australia, and ended their rivalry on "Family Feud".[306]Pusha T would also used the same rationale to criticize Drake on "Infrared" in 2018,[307] prompting Drake to respond with the "Duppy Freestyle" diss track on May 25.[308] Pusha T would directly respond to the track through "The Story of Adidon" on May 29, which presented several claims, including an accusation of Drake fathering a secret child.[309] The pair are considered to have been in a rivalry since 2012, with Drake yet to respond to "The Story of Adidon".[310]

In 2016, Drake was embroiled in a feud with Joe Budden, stemming from Budden's derogatory comments when reviewing Views. Drake would allegedly respond to Budden through "4PM in Calabasas", prompting Budden to respond with two diss tracks in the space of five days, echoing the same sentiment Drake deployed during his feud with Meek Mill. Drake would later appear on "No Shopping" alongside French Montana, directly referencing Budden throughout the song. However, French Montana claimed that Drake's verse was recorded before the release of Budden's diss tracks. Despite Budden releasing two further songs in reference to Drake,[311] he has yet to officially respond to Budden.[312] In the same year, Drake mocked Kid Cudi for his mental health, drug use and suicidal urges on "Two Birds, One Stone" after Cudi launched an expletive-filled rant on the artist on Twitter.[313] Cudi later checked into a rehabilitation facility following the release of the song, and continued to disparage Drake in further tweets.[314]

In mid-2018, Drake was embroiled in a feud with long-time collaborator, Kanye West.[315] In an appearance on the talk show The Shop in October, Drake recanted several business meetings with West, who voiced his desire to "be Quincy Jones" and work with him, in order to replicate the producer-artist relationship between Jones and Michael Jackson.[316] West requested Drake play and inform him of upcoming releases, which was agreed to as Drake "felt a genuine vibe" from West, and after West gifted him the beat to "Lift Yourself", which inspired Drake to begin writing to the instrumental.[317] West then requested Drake to travel to Wyoming to continue working, and arrived a day after close friend 40. 40 said West was working on an album; contradictory to his previous aim of just wanting to "give [Drake] beats". Drake responded by saying West stated he would release in late-2018, and they should continue on.[318] However, upon his arrival in Wyoming, Drake "[spent] the majority of time working on [West's] music", only exploring his own after playing the producer the song "March 14", which addresses Drake's relationship with newborn son and co-parent.[319] This prompted a conversation with West regarding his personal issues, after which, news of his son would be exposed by Pusha T.[320] West would also release "Lift Yourself", and produce "Infrared"; actions that greatly displeased Drake. This prompted him to denounce West in several songs and live performances.[321][322]

Drake has purported to have been in reported feuds with DMX, Kendrick Lamar,[323]Common,[324]The Weeknd,[325]XXXTentacion, Jay Z, Tory Lanez,[326] and Ludacris,[327] although the latter three have been reported to be resolved.[328][329][330]

Business ventures

Endorsements

Prior to venturing into business, Drake garnered several endorsement deals with various companies, notably gaining one with Sprite following his mention of drinking purple drank, a concoction that contains Sprite as a key ingredient.[331][332] In the aftermath of his highly publicized feud with Meek Mill, Drake was also endorsed by fast food restaurants Burger King and Whataburger.[333] Business magazine Forbes commented his endorsement deals and business partnerships "combined heavily" for Drake's reported pre-tax earnings at $94 million between June 2016 to June 2017, being one of the highest-paid celebrities during that period.[334]

OVO Sound

The logo of Drake's OVO Sound imprint.

During the composition of Nothing Was the Same, Drake started his own record label in late 2012 with producer Noah "40" Shebib, and business partner, Oliver El-Khatib. Drake sought for an avenue to release his own music, as well helping in the nurturing of other artists, while Shebib and El-Khatib yearned to start a label with a distinct sound, prompting the trio to team up to form OVO Sound.[335] The name is an abbreviation derived from the October's Very Own moniker Drake used to publish his earlier projects. The label is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records.

Drake, 40 and PartyNextDoor were the label's inaugural artists. The label houses artists including Drake, PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, OB O'Brien, Roy Woods, dvsn, Plaza, and Kash Doll,[336] as well as producers including 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, Nineteen85, and Future the Prince. OVO Sound has released six albums, with two certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Toronto Raptors

On September 30, 2013, Drake was announced as the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors, thereby joining the executive committee of the NBA franchise, in conjunction with the announcement of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game being awarded to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.[337][338][339] This would also be the setting where Drake was given The Key to the City.[340] In the role, it was announced that Drake would help to promote and serve as a host of festivities, beginning with the All-Star Game. He would also provide consulting services to rebrand the team, helping to redesign its image and clothing line in commemoration of the franchise's 20th anniversary.[341][342] When attending the press conference hosted by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO, Tim Leiweke,[342] to formally announce Drake's hiring by the franchise, Drake stated, "obviously, I won't be able to be in the building every day but I am extremely dedicated to it. I do take it very seriously as a new job and a new chapter in my life."[343][344] He began by hosting an annual "Drake Night" segment with the organization, which began in 2013.[345]

Apple Music

Following the launch of Apple Music, a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc., the company announced Drake as the figurehead for the platform at their Worldwide Developers Conference in 2015, with the artist also penning an exclusivity deal with the service worth a reported $19 million.[346] This saw all future solo releases by Drake becoming available first on Apple Music, before seeing roll out to other streaming services and music retailers.[347] Drake had also developed the OVO Sound Radio station on Beats 1, which is utilized as the primary avenue for debuting singles and projects, with the station overseeing over 300 million unique users when it debuted More Life.[348] Drake's partnership with Apple Music has largely been credited for the platform's sharp success, as it attained 10 million subscribers after six months, as well as giving birth to exclusivity from artists, with many independent and signed artists, such as Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, also brokering exclusivity deals with streaming services.[349] Through signing with the company, Drake was one of the artists, alongside Pharrell and Katy Perry, to exclusively own an Apple Watch before the smartwatch saw public release.[350]

Virginia Black

Two months prior to the release of Views, Drake announced the development of Virginia Black, a bourbon-based whiskey.[351] This would be his second foray into selling foodstuffs, previously partnering with celebrity chef Susur Lee to open Fring's Restaurant in Toronto.[352] The beverage was created and also distributed alongside Proximo Spirits, as well as with Brent Hocking, a spirits producer who founded DeLeón Tequila in 2008.[353] The company described the partnership as "fruitful [as they] share a passion for style, music, and the pursuit of taste [on] a quest to redefine whiskey."[354]

The product was launched in June 2016, and contained two, three and four-year old Bourbon whiskies. The company sold over 4,000 bottles in the first week domestically.[355] The brand was also promoted and marketed through Drake's music and various tours, such as being part of the "Virginia Black VIP Lounge" additional package available for purchase during the Summer Sixteen Tour. Virginia Black shipped a further 30,000 units when rollout was extended to select international markets in late 2016.[356] The company later aired commercials with Dennis Graham which featured the tagline of "The Realest Dude Ever" (in reference toward "The Most Interesting Man in the World" tagline employed by Dos Equis) after extending the sale of the drink to various European countries in 2017.[206]

Personal life

Drake has lived in Hidden Hills, California [357] since 2012.[358][359] He also owns a property in Toronto, which was built from the ground-up in 2017.[360][361]

Drake's paternal uncles are bass guitarist Larry Graham and musician Teenie Hodges.[362][363] Graham achieved both critical and commercial success as a member of the band Sly and the Family Stone,[364] while Hodges featured as the lead guitarist and songwriter for Al Green, and contributed heavily on much of his work in the 1970s, including the hits "Take Me to the River", "Love and Happiness", and "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)".[365][366]

Drake has dated singer Rihanna off-and-on from 2009 to 2016.[367] He is viewed as mentioning the relationship in every one of his studio albums,[368] and when presenting Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2016, he said "she's a woman I've been in love with since I was 22 years old."[369] On become a single parent, Drake mused on the talk show The Shop:

As life takes shape and teaches you your own lessons, I end up in this situation where I don't have the fairy tale, like, 'Oh, Drake started a family with ?Rihanna? and this is like so perfect.' It looks so good on paper. By the way, I wanted that too at one time.[370]

Drake is a father to son Adonis, who was born on October 11, 2017,[371][372] to French artist and former adult actress[373][374] Sophie Brussaux.[375][376] Brussaux's pregnancy was the subject of several rumors after featuring in a TMZ article in early 2017,[377] before Adonis was mentioned by name during Drake's highly publicized feud with Pusha T.[378] Drake eventually confirmed his fatherhood on the album Scorpion in 2018.[379][380]

Discography

Studio albums

Tours

Headlining

Co-headlining

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2008 Charlie Bartlett A/V Jones Minor role
2008 Mookie's Law Chet Walters Short film
2011 Breakaway[381][382] Himself Cameo
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Ethan Voice role
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Ron Burgundy fan Cameo
2014 Think Like a Man Too Himself Cameo
2017 The Carter Effect Himself Documentary, also executive producer

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Blue Murder Joey Tamarin Episode: "Out-of-Towners: Part 1"
2001-2007 Degrassi: The Next Generation Jimmy Brooks 145 episodes
2002 Soul Food Fredrick Episode: "From Dreams to Nightmares"
2002 Conviction Teen Fish Television movie
2005 Best Friend's Date Dater Episode: "Season Finale"
2005 Instant Star Himself Episode: "Personality Crisis"
2008 The Border PFC Gordon Harvey Episode: "Stop Loss"
2009 Being Erica Ken Episode: "What I Am Is What I Am"
2009 Sophie Ken Episode: "An Outing with Sophie"
2009 Beyond the Break Himself Episode: "One 'Elle' of a Party"
2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (musical guest) Episode: "Anna Faris/Drake"
2012 Punk'd Himself Episode: "Drake/Kim Kardashian"
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (host/musical guest) Episode: "Drake"[383]
2016 Saturday Night Live Himself (host/musical guest) Episode: "Drake"
2018 The Shop Himself Episode 2

Awards and nominations

Drake is the highest-certified digital singles artist ever in the United States, having moved 142 million units.[26][384] He has had seven songs being certified triple platinum in the US for combined sales plus streaming units[385] as of June 2018, with "Over",[386] "Too Good",[387] "Passionfruit",[388] "Nice for What",[389] "Marvin's Room",[390] "Find Your Love",[391] and "Energy".[392] He has also had three exceed 4 million in equivalent units, with "Take Care", "Headlines",[393][394] and "Best I Ever Had".[395] Three have reached quintuple platinum, with "Jumpman",[396] "Started from the Bottom",[397] and "The Motto".[398] "Hold On, We're Going Home" marked his first single to accumulate over six million units,[399] while "Forever" became his second in 2018.[400] Two of his singles have reached septuple platinum, which "Hotline Bling"[401] and "One Dance",[402] while his highest-certified single is "God's Plan", which was certified octuple platinum, having moved 8 million units, in under a year.[403] Drake's five solo studio albums, all of which have gone multi-platinum, have received numerous awards and generally positive reviews.[404]Scorpion, his fifth solo album, became his fifth consecutive number one album in the U.S.[405]

As of 2017, Drake has won a total of 3 Grammy Awards from 27 nominations.[406] 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.[407]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".[408] Drake was listed fourth on the Billboard year-end chart for Top Artists of 2015,[409] third on the same chart in 2016[410] and was named the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016.[411] In 2017, he surpassed Adele's record for most wins at the Billboard Music Awards in one night, winning 13 awards from 22 nominations.[199]

Pitchfork ranked Nothing Was the Same as the 41st best album of the decade "so far"--between 2010 and 2014,[412] and have ranked him in the fifth position in the publication's list of the "Top 10 Music Artists" since 2010.[413][414]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Forbes Five: Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists 2018". Forbes. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Drake Confirms He Has a Son on His New Album Scorpion". Vulture. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/drakes-more-life-playlist-is-redefining-borders-of-blackness-in-pop-111729/
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8465374/drake-scorpion-biggest-rapper-ever
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Drake - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic.
  6. ^ Caramanca, Jon (November 16, 2011). "Drake Pushes Rap Toward the Gothic". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Brown, Charley (June 29, 2009). "Drake Signs To Young Money / Universal Motown". WeLiveThis.com.
  8. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 10, 2015). "Drake's 'If You're Reading This' Becomes First Million-Selling Album Released in 2015". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "American album certifications - Drake - Take Care". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Take Care Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Zaworski, Eric (February 17, 2015). "Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "'Views' From the Top: The Chart Records Set by Drake's Album (So Far)". Billboard. July 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (September 5, 2016). "Sean Paul: 'Drake and Bieber do dancehall but don't credit where it came from'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Drake's 'One Dance' No. 1 on Hot 100 for Eighth Week". Billboard. July 5, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "On the Charts: Drake's 'Views' Sees Platinum Opening Week". Rolling Stone. May 8, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Drake's 'Views' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Sets Streaming Record". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ a b Billboard Staff (February 12, 2017). "Grammy Awards 2017: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "Drake Shares New Songs, Announces 'More Life'". NPR. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Drake Says Sade Chose Jay Z Over Him, Gives More Life Update in New Interview | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 26, 2017). "Drake's 'More Life' Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 & Sets Streaming Record". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ Aswad, Jem (June 30, 2018). "Drake Crushes Spotify and Apple Music's One-Day Streaming Records". Variety. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Trust, Gary (March 27, 2017). "Drake Breaks Hot 100 Records: Most Hits Among Solo Artists & Most Simultaneously Charted Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ Trust, Gary (October 14, 2013). "Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, Drake, Bastille Score New No. 1s". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.
  24. ^ "The Weeknd No. 1 on Hot 100, Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Bounds to No. 2". Billboard.
  25. ^ Zap, Claudine (September 24, 2018). "What a Time to Be Alive! Drake Shows Off Views of His Toronto Mansion". Realtor.com. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ a b Mitchell, Gail. "Drake Certified as RIAA's New Top Digital Singles Artist". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Drake". Biography. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "Drake's Competition in 2017 Might Just Be His Father". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (November 8, 2017). "Drake's Hotline to Hollywood: Inside an Ambitious Push Into Film and TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ Doherty, Rosa (March 20, 2017). "Double helpings of Drake". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2018.
  31. ^ Rapkin, Mickey (October 13, 2011). "Drake Looks for Love". Elle Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (April 6, 2018). "Drake's progress: the making of a modern superstar". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018.
  33. ^ Friedman, Gabe (May 13, 2015). "Drake named his new Toronto club after his Jewish grandparents". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2018.
  34. ^ "Drake's Competition in 2017 Might Just Be His Father". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  35. ^ a b c Barshad, Amos (June 18, 2010). "Drake: The Heeb Interview". Heeb Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  36. ^ a b "Interview with Drake - July 12th 2006". HipHopCanada.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2006. Retrieved 2011.
  37. ^ a b Jones, Jen (December 2006). "School's in for Degrassi". JVibe. Jewish Family & Life. Archived from the original on April 18, 2010. Retrieved 2006.
  38. ^ Bandler, Aaron (November 9, 2017). "Rapper Drake Throws a Re-Bar Mitzvah Party on His 31st Birthday". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2018.
  39. ^ Markman, Rob (April 17, 2012). "Drake Proclaims 'I'm A Proud Young Jewish Boy' On 'HYFR' Set". MTV News. Retrieved 2018.
  40. ^ https://www.vibe.com/2011/11/drake-his-mothers-influence-kanye-west-andre-3000-and-obama-being-fan/
  41. ^ "Drake's Relationship With His Mother Through Fame & Music". DJBooth. Retrieved 2018.
  42. ^ "Drake's Dad On Raising Drake In The Hood In Memphis - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018.
  43. ^ a b c d "Cover Story Uncut: Drake Talks About Romance, Rap, And What's Really Real". Complex. November 15, 2011. Archived from the original on November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  44. ^ "Drake Reveals Childhood Struggles: 'I Had To Become A Man Very Quickly'". Neon Limelight. July 15, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  45. ^ Roth, Madeline (July 29, 2016). "Drake's Dad appears in video". MTV.com. Retrieved 2016.
  46. ^ Glenesk, Matthew (August 18, 2010). "Drake's star rises with his NBA friends". ESPN. Retrieved 2012.
  47. ^ Ostroff, Joshua (March 23, 2009). "Aubrey Graham: from Degrassi to Drake". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on December 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  48. ^ Infantry, Ashante (June 21, 2009). "Chasing Drake". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009.
  49. ^ "Cover Story Uncut: Drake Talks About Romance, Rap, And What's Really Real". Complex.
  50. ^ Jordan, Harrison (December 20, 2006). "Degrassi actor says being different made him stronger". The Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved 2006.
  51. ^ Garraud, Tracy (February 25, 2009). "Drake Discusses Degrassi, High School Years, and So Far Gone with Vibe Magazine". Vibe. Archived from the original on March 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  52. ^ Fekadu, Mesfin (October 19, 2012). "Drake: 'I got my High School diploma". The Washington Times.
  53. ^ Drake Net Worth - Be Careful What You Wish For , NetWorthCity.com. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  54. ^ a b "Preview: Drake rises from the rap pack with a moody, sensual style". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. post-gazette.com. May 24, 2012. Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  55. ^ "Degrassi: The Next Generation (TV Series 2001-2015)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2016 – via imdb.com.
  56. ^ "Drake on Lil Wayne". interviewmagazine.com. Retrieved 2016.
  57. ^ "Str8hiphop.com Alumni Artist Drake Has Made It to BET's 106 & Park". Str8 Hip Hop. May 7, 2007. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  58. ^ Shaheem Reid (July 15, 2009). "MTV.com Drake's So Far Gone Is The Hottest Mixtape of 2009 (So Far)".
  59. ^ "CBC News - Canada - Bublé scores Juno triumph in St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. April 18, 2010. Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  60. ^ "UPDATE: Drake Not Signed To Universal Motown, Close To Inking Deal". XXL. May 5, 2009. Archived from the original on May 7, 2009.
  61. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (June 3, 2009). "Drake's Major Label Bidding War Heats Up, Universal Signing Likely". Billboard. Retrieved 2009.
  62. ^ Reid, Shaheem (June 29, 2009). "Drake Signs With Lil Wayne's Young Money Label". MTV News. Retrieved 2009.
  63. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (June 5, 2009). "Exclusive: Fake Drake Album Sold On iTunes, Lawsuit Planned Against Label". Billboard. Retrieved 2009.
  64. ^ Drake Injured During Concert Fall HipHopDX. Retrieved August 11, 2009.
  65. ^ a b Rodriguez, Jayson (December 30, 2009). "Drake Calls 'Light Up,' His Collabo With Jay-Z, 'Phenomenal'". MTV News. Retrieved 2010.
  66. ^ Drake's Debut Album Gets Release Date Rap-Up
  67. ^ Reid, Shaheem (April 5, 2009). "Exclusive: Drake's Thank Me Later Due June 15".
  68. ^ Drake - Over JefeMedia. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  69. ^ "Over". Billboard. Retrieved 2010.
  70. ^ "Drake - "Find Your Love" Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2010.
  71. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (May 14, 2010). "Drake's 'Find Your Love' Video Criticized By Jamaica's Tourism Minister". MTV News. Retrieved 2010.
  72. ^ Drake (September 14, 2009). "Drake's Leaked 'Fireworks' Addresses Rihanna Relationship". Billboard. Retrieved 2010.
  73. ^ "Drake Chart History - Singles". Billboard. Retrieved 2010.
  74. ^ Lilah, Rose (April 29, 2010). "Drake Finishes 'Thank Me Later,' Reveals Next Single". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2016.
  75. ^ Lilah, Rose (April 29, 2010). "Drake Finishes 'Thank Me Later,' Reveals Next Single". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2016.
  76. ^ "Drake Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2010.
  77. ^ "Drake Concert Erupts into Near Riot in New York". Billboard. Retrieved 2010.
  78. ^ "Drake's 'Thank Me Later' Is Top Selling Debut of the Year". The Boombox. Retrieved 2010.
  79. ^ Drake: Artist Profile Archived July 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved June 24, 2009. In the late 2009 Drake dated Rihanna and broke up in 2012. The two are not dating but they said they will remain friends.
  80. ^ Roberson, Gee (March 27, 2009). "Drake: Biography". HipHopSince1978.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2010.
  81. ^ "Drake Announces Eco-Friendly College Tour". MTV. February 8, 2010. Retrieved 2016.
  82. ^ "Drake To Star In 'Gears of War 3'". MTV. June 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  83. ^ "Drake Lights Up Miami at Tour Kickoff". Rap-Up.com. September 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  84. ^ "Drake Goes Platinum, Maps Out Fall Tour". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2010.
  85. ^ "Drake Announces Eco-Friendly College Tour". Retrieved 2016.
  86. ^ "Drake, Ke$ha Join Bamboozle Lineup". billboard.com. Retrieved 2016.
  87. ^ Kaufman, Gil (November 17, 2010). "Drake Reveals Next Album To Be Called Take Care - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011.
  88. ^ Jones, Steve (November 16, 2011). "Drake takes 'Care' to stay grounded". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2011.
  89. ^ Kaufman, Gil (November 17, 2010). "Drake Reveals Next Album To Be Called Take Care". MTV News. Retrieved 2010.
  90. ^ "Drake admits last album was "rushed"". Digital Spy. January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  91. ^ a b Verse (June 9, 2011). "Drake - "Marvin's Room" from Take Care | New Music". SoulCulture. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  92. ^ Verse (October 9, 2011). "Drake Pushes Back Album". PopCrush.com. Retrieved 2012.
  93. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (December 5, 2011). "The Fame Monster". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Pop Music section, p. 82. Retrieved 2012.
  94. ^ "Exclusive: Hip Hop Star Drake in Talks to Star in 'Arbitrage'", TheWrap, January 21, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  95. ^ "Dreams Money Can Buy". Octobersveryown.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012.
  96. ^ a b "Drake". RIAA. Archived from the original on November 4, 2015. Retrieved 2012.
  97. ^ a b "Billboard: Drake discography". Billboard. Retrieved 2012.
  98. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart: August 04, 2012". Billboard. Retrieved 2012.
  99. ^ "October's Very Own: Marvins Room Now Available on iTunes". Retrieved 2011.
  100. ^ Scott Shetler (June 29, 2011). "Drake Releases Hazy Video for Drunk-Dial Ballad 'Marvin's Room'".
  101. ^ "Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Drake, Coldplay Score Landmark No. 1s". Billboard. October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  102. ^ "Hot 100: Week of October 22, 2011 (11-20)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011.
  103. ^ Tal Pinchevsky (January 29, 2012). "Players thrilled to greet Drake at All-Star Game". National Hockey League.
  104. ^ "Make Me Proud (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2012.
  105. ^ "Adele No. 1 on Hot 100 as Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber Surge". Billboard. Retrieved 2011.
  106. ^ "Drake's Take Care & Make Me Proud Singles go Platinum". Rapdose.com. Retrieved 2012.
  107. ^ "Lil Wayne And Drake To Drop Joint Album". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2016.
  108. ^ "Lil Wayne & Drake Cancel Joint Album Because Of 'Watch The Throne' - Prefix Mobile". Prefixmag.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  109. ^ "Drake Scraps Lil Wayne Joint Album". Rapradar.com. Retrieved 2016.
  110. ^ "Rick Ross and Drake's Y.O.L.O. Mixtape Still in the Works". MTV News. June 29, 2012.
  111. ^ "Drake 'excited to record new music'". digitalspy.com. May 23, 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  112. ^ McDonnell, John (November 18, 2011). "NME Album Reviews - Album Review: Drake - 'Take Care'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 2011.
  113. ^ Dombal, Ryan (November 14, 2011). "Drake: Take Care". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011.
  114. ^ Hutchins, Andy (November 15, 2011). "Drake Takes Center Stage on Take Care - New York Music - Sound of the City". The Village Voice. Village Voice Media. Archived from the original on November 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  115. ^ Kot, Greg (November 13, 2011). "Drake album review; Take Care reviewed". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2011.
  116. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 10, 2015). "Drake's 'If You're Reading This' Becomes First Million-Selling Album Released in 2015". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015.
  117. ^ "Chart Juice: Drake's Domination, The Latest Chapter". Billboard. Retrieved 2012.
  118. ^ Judkis, Maura (June 29, 2012). "#YOLO: The newest acronym you'll love to hate". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012.
  119. ^ "Drake - The Motto Lyrics". genius.com. Retrieved 2012.
  120. ^ Montgomery, James. "Drake And Rihanna's 'Take Care' Video: Frozen Planet". MTV. Retrieved 2012.
  121. ^ "2012 VMA Nominations: The Complete List". MTV. Retrieved 2012.
  122. ^ "Drake, Cher Lloyd, The Wanted + More: 5 Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week".
  123. ^ "Watch Drake's Videos for "Take Care" and "HYFR"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012.
  124. ^ "Drake and Lil Wayne - HYFR (Hell Yeah F*****g Right)". acharts.us. Retrieved 2012.
  125. ^ "Drake Proclaims 'I'm A Proud Young Jewish Boy' On 'HYFR' Set". Retrieved 2016.
  126. ^ "The 40 Best Songs of 2012: Fuse Staff Picks - Fuse". Fuse.tv. Retrieved 2013.
  127. ^ "Drake: No. 2 Hottest MC In The Game". Rap Radar. February 19, 2012.
  128. ^ Pollstar (July 16, 2012). "Top 50 Worldwide Tours" (PDF). Pollstar. Retrieved 2012.
  129. ^ Subers, Ray (July 2, 2012). "Around-the-World Roundup: 'Ice Age,' 'Spider-Man' Open Early Overseas". deadline.com. Retrieved 2012.
  130. ^ "Drake Updates on Third Album, Speaks on Work With 2 Chainz, Jamie xx & Noah "40" Shebib". HipHopDx. Retrieved 2012.
  131. ^ "Drake Was 'Down' on 'Take Care,' Says Third Album Will Be Different". Billboard. April 24, 2012.
  132. ^ "Drake Shooting Video For 'Started From the Bottom' In Toronto, Old Video Teaser Surfaces". MTV. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  133. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (January 31, 2013). "Drake To Release First Single From New Album on Grammy Awards Night". hiphopdx.com. Retrieved 2013.
  134. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (February 10, 2013). "Drake Announces Title of Third Album". hiphopdx.com. Retrieved 2013.
  135. ^ "Drake Scores 11th No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  136. ^ "Music video round-up: Drake, Cher Lloyd". Digitspy.com. September 29, 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  137. ^ "Watch Drake's "Hold on We're Going Home" Video, A Reimagining of "Miami Vice" Featuring A$AP Rocky". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016.
  138. ^ "What The Hell Just Happened in Music This Week?Drake's video for "Hold On, We're Going Home" paid homage to Michael Mann with machine guns and #feelings". Retrieved 2016.
  139. ^ "Drake Debuts 'Too Much' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013.
  140. ^ "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.
  141. ^ "Drake debuts new song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". sheknows.com. Retrieved 2013.
  142. ^ "Top 25 Tours". Billboard. December 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  143. ^ "Drake Stole (Almost) Every Scene On 'Saturday Night Live': Recap". MTV. January 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  144. ^ "Drake Shows Off Comedy Chops, Broods a Bit as 'SNL' Host". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.
  145. ^ Highfill, Samantha (January 18, 2014). "Drake is 'SNL' host and musical guest: Discuss! | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014.
  146. ^ "Drake at the peak of his powers during Dubai concert | The National". The National. Abu Dhabi. March 15, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  147. ^ "Drake Announces Fourth Album: 'Views From The 6' (Exclusive)". billboard.com. Retrieved 2016.
  148. ^ Ramirez, Erika (February 12, 2015). "Drake Releases 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' Album Out of Nowhere". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  149. ^ Peters, Micah (February 12, 2015). "Drake surprised everyone and dropped a 17-track mixtape out of nowhere". USA Today.
  150. ^ Young, Alex (February 13, 2015). "Surprise: Drake releases new 17-track album If You're Reading This It's Too Late". Consequence of Sound.
  151. ^ Beauchemin, Molly. "Drake Shares New Collection of Music If You're Reading This It's Too Late". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015.
  152. ^ "Drake's 'If You're Reading This' Becomes First Million-Selling Album Released in 2015". Billboard. August 10, 2015.
  153. ^ "Drake & Future's 'What A Time To Be Alive' Mixtape Is a Perfectly Timed Victory Lap: Album Review". Retrieved 2016.
  154. ^ "Stream Drake and Future's Mixtape 'What a Time to Be Alive'". Rap-Up. Retrieved 2015.
  155. ^ Vincent, James (September 21, 2015). "Drake and Future release 11-track mixtape What a Time To Be Alive". Retrieved 2016.
  156. ^ "Drake and Future's Surprise Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  157. ^ "Charts Don't Lie: January 27". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016.
  158. ^ "Issue 100". The Fader. Retrieved 2016.
  159. ^ Singelton, Micah (January 30, 2016). "Drake releases 'Summer Sixteen,' his first single off Views From The 6". The Verge. Retrieved 2016.
  160. ^ "Drake's "Summer Sixteen" Gives Him His Highest Sales Week As A Lead Artist". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016.
  161. ^ "So, Exactly How Big Is Drake's Pool?". Complex. Retrieved 2016.
  162. ^ "Drake - Summer Sixteen". Genius. Retrieved 2016.
  163. ^ "It Sounds Like Drake Took a Shot at Tory Lanez on 'Summer Sixteen'". Complex. Retrieved 2016.
  164. ^ "Meek Mill, Drake feud back on with release of new diss tracks". Philadelphia Daily News. February 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  165. ^ "Watch Drake's Surprise Performance at NYC Bat Mitzvah". The Source. Retrieved 2016.
  166. ^ "Drake's 'Pop Style' & 'One Dance' Debut in Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  167. ^ "Drake Scores First Hot 100 No. 1 as Lead Artist With 'One Dance'". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  168. ^ "Drake Earns His First Canadian No. 1 Song With "One Dance"". Complex.com. Retrieved 2016.
  169. ^ "One Dance by Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - Music Charts". Retrieved 2016.
  170. ^ Hung, Steffen. "norwegiancharts.com - Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Archived from the original on August 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  171. ^ "Drake will release his next album, Views From The 6, on April 29th". The Verge. Retrieved 2016.
  172. ^ "Drake's 'One Dance' is Spotify's Most-Streamed Song Ever". Retrieved 2016.
  173. ^ "Views by Drake on iTunes". iTunes Store. April 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  174. ^ McCluskey, Megan. "You Can Now Listen To Drake's New Album 'Views'". Time. Retrieved 2016.
  175. ^ Ben Sisario (May 23, 2016). "Drake's 'Views' Passes the Half-Billion Mark in Streams". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  176. ^ McLendon, Kim. "Drizzy Drake Releases 'Views' The Album Went Gold Overnight But The Reviews Are Harsh". Inquisitr. Retrieved 2016.
  177. ^ Walker, Angus (August 15, 2016). "Drake plans to release Please Forgive Me". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 2016.
  178. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' recap: Drake hosts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016.
  179. ^ "The Forbes Five". Forbes. Retrieved 2016.
  180. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "Drake & Future Add "Summer Sixteen Tour" Dates". Retrieved 2016.
  181. ^ "Drake Announces Additional North American Tour Dates".
  182. ^ "Edmonton, Montreal added to Drake's tour schedule along with new Toronto dates". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  183. ^ "Drake Is Working on a New Mixtape". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  184. ^ Renshaw, David. "Drake will headline iHeartRadio Music Festival". The Fader. Retrieved 2016.
  185. ^ "Sorry, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Newark; Drake Has to Postpone His Final Summer Sixteen Tour Dates". October 11, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  186. ^ McDermott, Maeve (August 2, 2016). "Drake, Kanye West announce joint album at OVO Fest". USA Today. Retrieved 2016.
  187. ^ Blog, OVO (September 3, 2016). "Octobers Very Own: Drake - Child's Play". octobersveryown.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016.
  188. ^ "Drake's 'Please Forgive Me' Debuts As An Apple Music Exclusive". Forbes. September 26, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  189. ^ "Drake is leading the pack for the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards". BET. August 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  190. ^ "BET Hip Hop Awards 2016 Winners: The Complete List". E! Network. October 4, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  191. ^ "Drake Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards with 14 Nominations: Exclusive". Retrieved 2016.
  192. ^ Yoo, Noah (October 10, 2016). "Drake Announces 2017 Europe Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016.
  193. ^ "Drake Adds More Dates To 'Boy Meets World' Tour After It Sells Out in Minutes". October 14, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  194. ^ "Drake Announces New Project 'More Life'". Complex. October 24, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  195. ^ "Drake Ruled Spotify in 2016". Fortune. December 1, 2016.
  196. ^ "More Life. March 18". Instagram. March 11, 2017.
  197. ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 26, 2017). "Drake's 'More Life' Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 & Sets Streaming Record". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  198. ^ "Drake's More Life shatters streaming records with 89.9 million streams on Apple Music in 24 hours". The Verge. Retrieved 2017.
  199. ^ a b "Drake wins top artist, breaks Adele's record at Billboard Music Awards". www.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017.
  200. ^ McIntyre, Hugh. "Drake Makes History With His Dominance of the Hot 100". Forbes. Retrieved 2017.
  201. ^ "Hear the Full CDQ of Drake's New Song "Signs"". XXL. Retrieved 2017.
  202. ^ "Hear Metro Boomin's 'No Complaints' With Drake, Migos' Offset". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017.
  203. ^ "Drake Is Partnering With Louis Vuitton To Release A New Song Tomorrow". uproxx.com. Retrieved 2017.
  204. ^ "New one from @champagnepapi titled "Signs" (produced by @ovo40) tomorrow for @louisvuitton Spring-Summer 2018 show. I had the pleasure to curate the music for the show with all new music from @ovosound". Instagram. Retrieved 2017.[permanent dead link]
  205. ^ "Drake to host first-ever NBA Awards on TNT". NBA.com. NBA. Retrieved 2017.
  206. ^ a b "Drake and his Dad star in two new Virginia Black ads". XXL. Retrieved 2017.
  207. ^ "The Carter Effect - Full Cast and Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017.
  208. ^ "New Leaked Drake Track "Pistols" Surfaces Online". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2018.
  209. ^ "Snippets of New Drake Songs Surface".
  210. ^ "Drake Gives an Update on the Verse He Gave to Pi'erre Bourne - XXL". XXL Mag.
  211. ^ "Lil Wayne Taps Drake on New Song Family Feud - XXL". XXL Mag.
  212. ^ Trust, Gary (January 29, 2018). "Drake's 'God's Plan' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  213. ^ "Drake's "God's Plan" Breaks Taylor Swift's Spotify Streaming Record". Spin. January 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  214. ^ "Drake's God's Plan Breaks Apple Music's Streaming Record". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018.
  215. ^ "Drake Earns 70th Top 40 Hit on Billboard Hot 100, Thanks to Migos' 'Walk It Talk It'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  216. ^ "Drake Jumps on BlocBoy JB's New Song "Look Alive": Listen | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018.
  217. ^ "Drake Passes JAY-Z for Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s Among Rappers". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  218. ^ "Drake Says He's Releasing a New Song Tomorrow | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018.
  219. ^ "Drake's New "Nice for What" Video Stars Issa Rae, Olivia Wilde, Rashida Jones: Watch | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018.
  220. ^ "Drake just dropped his new single as promised". The Independent. April 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  221. ^ "Drake Dethrones Himself Atop Billboard Hot 100, as 'Nice for What' Debuts at No. 1, Replacing 'God's Plan'". Billboard. April 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  222. ^ "Drake Announces New Album "Scorpion," Dropping In June". HotNewHipHop. April 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  223. ^ "Drake is upset on new single "I'm Upset"". Vulture. Retrieved 2018.
  224. ^ Aswad, Jem (June 30, 2018). "Drake Crushes Spotify and Apple Music's One-Day Streaming Records". Variety. Retrieved 2018.
  225. ^ "Drake's "Scorpion" Total Sales Number Revealed". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved .
  226. ^ "Building Album Sales Chart". HITS Daily Double. Retrieved .
  227. ^ Daniel Kreps. "Watch Drake deliver fiery new 'Behind Barz' freestyle". RollingStone. Retrieved 2018.
  228. ^ Daniel Kreps. "Watch Drake's new 'Fire in the Booth' freestyle". RollingStone. Retrieved 2018.
  229. ^ Trust, Gary (July 16, 2018). "Drake Dethrones Drake Atop Billboard Hot 100 as 'In My Feelings' Replaces 'Nice for What' at No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  230. ^ "Drake's "In My Feelings" Lyrics Have Inspired A Viral Dance Challenge And It's Hilarious". Pop Buzz. July 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  231. ^ "Drake's New Song "In My Feelings" Sparks Dance Challenge". Highsnobiety. July 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  232. ^ "Drake's latest album has already sparked a new dance challenge". Mashable. July 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  233. ^ "Drake Now Holds the Record for Most No. 1 Hits Among Rappers". Genius. Retrieved 2018.
  234. ^ "Drake parties in new "Nonstop" video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018.
  235. ^ "5 Things We Learned On First Listen to Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' Album". Billboard.
  236. ^ Cowen, Trace William. "Bad Bunny and Drake Link for New Collab "MIA"". Complex. Rich Antoniello. Retrieved .
  237. ^ "Drake Says Kanye West Is 'The Most Influential Person' On His Sound". MTV News. May 28, 2009.
  238. ^ "Drake Talks Influences, Rap Stereotypes And More With CNN". HipHopDX. May 6, 2010.
  239. ^ NME.COM. "Lil Wayne says he's a better rapper than Drake: 'I annihilate that guy' - NME.COM". nme.com. Retrieved 2016.
  240. ^ "Drake reflects: "Aaliyah had the biggest influence on my music"". Soul Train. January 16, 2011.
  241. ^ "My Way: 10 Artists Usher Has Influenced". The Bet Honours. Retrieved 2016.
  242. ^ "Vybz Kartel Speaks: After Five Years in Prison, He Still Rules Dancehall". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017.
  243. ^ "Drake: 'Vybz Kartel Is One Of My Biggest Inspirations'". Hype Life Magazine. May 10, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  244. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "Drake Talks Influences, Rap Stereotypes And More With CNN". Retrieved 2016.
  245. ^ a b "Peak Drake". The Fader. Retrieved 2016.
  246. ^ "Drake Crowns himself as the first successful rap-singer". Vibe. July 27, 2012.
  247. ^ "Lil Wayne Says He Encouraged Drake To Rap The Way He Does: 'Rap About Girls'". Design & Trend. September 15, 2015. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  248. ^ "Rapping and singing, Drake can do it all". thestate. Retrieved 2016.
  249. ^ "Katy Perry Calls Drake A "Soft" Rapper". Retrieved 2016.
  250. ^ Mic. "20 Drake Songs That Show He's Actually a Talented Rapper". Mic. Retrieved 2016.
  251. ^ "Sonic Dictionary | Drake: Rap, Rhyme, and Rhythm · Captivating Voices". sonicdictionary.fhi.duke.edu. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  252. ^ Reynolds, Simon (April 28, 2016). "How Drake became the all-pervading master of hyper-reality rap". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016.
  253. ^ "#YOLO: The newest acronym you'll love to hate". The Washington Post. April 6, 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  254. ^ "Views From the 6: Inside Drake's Toronto". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016.
  255. ^ "13 'Views' Lines You Can Use on Instagram Right Now". Complex. Retrieved 2016.
  256. ^ "Drake's 'Views From the 6' Track List Is Perfect For Instagram". Inverse. Retrieved 2016.
  257. ^ "6 Things Public Relations Pros Can Learn From Drake". Business 2 Community. Retrieved 2016.
  258. ^ "Drake: Rap's Most Sensitive Rapper?". Complex. Retrieved 2017.
  259. ^ "June 10 Is Officially 'Drake Day' In Houston". MTV. Retrieved 2016.
  260. ^ "There Is Now a Drake Day in Houston". Complex.com. Retrieved 2016.
  261. ^ "June 10 Named 'Drake Day' in the City of Houston". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016.
  262. ^ "Students campaigned to get Drake to Drake University. But when he got there, things did not go to plan". October 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  263. ^ "Drake Stealthily Visited Drake University in the Dead of Night". Retrieved 2016.
  264. ^ "Drake publishes open letter in response to Alton Sterling killing by police". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2016.
  265. ^ "Drake Donates $200,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  266. ^ "Drake visits Miami homeless shelter for women, kids". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018.
  267. ^ Anderson, Tyler (February 6, 2018). "Drake gifts Miami student a $50k scholarship". BBC News. Retrieved 2018.
  268. ^ "Drake Keeps Up Giving Spree By Paying For Everyone's Groceries At Miami Supermarket". Stereogum. February 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  269. ^ "Drake Spent $50,000 Buying Groceries for Everyone at a Miami Supermarket". Eater. Retrieved 2018.
  270. ^ "Drake Releases New 'Hotline Bling' Video". digg.com. Retrieved 2016.
  271. ^ Leor Galil (July 30, 2015). "Drake proves ghostwriters don't matter with 'Hotline Bling'". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2015.
  272. ^ Jayson Greene (August 5, 2015). "Drake: "Hotline Bling"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2015.
  273. ^ Woolf, Jake (October 20, 2015). "Where to Buy Everything in Drake's "Hotline Bling" Video". GQ. Retrieved 2016.
  274. ^ "A Guide to Dressing Your Inner Drake". Elle. October 21, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  275. ^ Gustashaw, Megan (April 4, 2016). "Canada Goose and OVO Team Up on Some Dope Rain lGear". GQ. Retrieved 2016.
  276. ^ "Drake Admits to Sweater Obsession". Vulture. Retrieved 2016.
  277. ^ First Full Look at Drake's OVO Air Jordan All-Star Collection. High Snobiety. February 10, 2016.
  278. ^ "Drake and Future Are the "Most Stylish Men Alive," According to 'GQ'". Complex. Retrieved 2016.
  279. ^ "Drake Sued by Ex-Girlfriend Over 'Marvin's Room'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015.
  280. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (February 11, 2013). "Drake Settles Lawsuit With Woman From 'Marvin's Room'". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved 2013.
  281. ^ "Drake Sued Over 'Pound Cake' Sample". MTV News. Retrieved 2015.
  282. ^ "Drake Reportedly Being Sued For Stealing Song Sample". Huffington Post. April 17, 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  283. ^ "Drake Beats Lawsuit Over Sampling With Winning "Fair Use" Argument". Retrieved 2017.
  284. ^ "Drake Pays $100,000 to Rappin' 4-Tay for Ripping Off "Playaz Club" Lyrics on YG's "Who Do You Love"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015.
  285. ^ "Drake's Party Gives Oklahoma City Nightclub Trouble". Retrieved 2016.
  286. ^ "Drake Wants to Ban Social Media Posts From Being Used in Upcoming Assault Trial". TheBlast.com. Retrieved 2018.
  287. ^ "Judge Tosses Detail's Assault Lawsuit Against Drake". Patch.com. Retrieved 2018.
  288. ^ "Chris Brown Releases Drake Diss Track". Rolling Stone. June 30, 2012.
  289. ^ "News: Chris Brown Involved In Fight With Drake's Entourage [Updated]". KillerHipHop.com. June 27, 2012.
  290. ^ "Chris Brown Fires Back at Drake on Diss Track; Meek Mill Reacts".
  291. ^ "Nicki Minaj releases only with Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Drake". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016.
  292. ^ "Diddy vs. Drake". drakevseverybody.com. Retrieved 2014.
  293. ^ "Tyga vs. Drake". drakevseverybody.com. Retrieved 2015.
  294. ^ "On His Worst Behavior: A List Of All The Rappers Who Have Beefed With Drake". VH1. Retrieved 2015.
  295. ^ "Meek Mill Calls Out Drake: "He Don't Write His Own Raps"". BallerStatus.com. July 22, 2015.
  296. ^ "Drake Responds To Meek Mill on New Track 'Charged Up'". BallerStatus.com. July 26, 2015.
  297. ^ "Drake Disses Meek Mill Again In 'Back To Back Freestyle'". BallerStatus.com. July 29, 2015.
  298. ^ "Tweet Mill Fires Back at Drake on 'Wanna Know'". Rap-Up.com. July 31, 2015.
  299. ^ "Drake disses Meek Mill in new freestyle: 'Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?'". July 29, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  300. ^ "Drake Took Another Shot at Meek Mill During The NBA All-Star Celeb Game". MTV. February 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  301. ^ "More L's: Watch Drake Reference Killing Meek Mill's Career To Kevin Hart at NBA All-Star Game". Bossip. February 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  302. ^ "Don't Fuck With Me (Dreams Money Can Buy)". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2011.
  303. ^ "Meek Mill - War Pain (Drake Diss) Feat. Omelly (Prod. By Ben Billions) | Download & Listen [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016.
  304. ^ "Forget Eminem - Drake is Going After Hot 97 and Funkmaster Flex". MTV. Retrieved 2016.
  305. ^ "Music Drake Just Hit Back at Hot 97'S Funkmaster Flex with Serious Fighting Words". MTV. Retrieved 2016.
  306. ^ "Drake Says 'Free Meek Mill' During Australia Concert". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  307. ^ "Pusha-T reignites feud with Drake on Daytona track "Infrared"". May 25, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  308. ^ "Drake Disses Pusha-T and Kanye on New Song "Duppy Freestyle": Listen - Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018.
  309. ^ "The Ruthlessness of Pusha-T's Ferocious Diss Track". TheRinger. Retrieved 2018.
  310. ^ "Pusha T Vs. Drake: A Complete History". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018.
  311. ^ "Everything We Know About Joe Budden, Meek Mill & Drake's Internet Beef". billboard.com. Retrieved 2016.
  312. ^ Lilah, Rose (July 28, 2016). "A Complete Timeline of Drake and Joe Budden's beef". Retrieved 2016.
  313. ^ "Kid Cudi responds to Drake diss: "I wanna see you say it to my face"". NME. October 28, 2016.
  314. ^ "Kid Cudi thanks his fans and disses Drake from rehab". New York Daily News. October 28, 2016.
  315. ^ "Drake goes after Kanye in new freestyle". ConsequenceofSound. Retrieved 2018.
  316. ^ Leight, Elias. "Quincy Jones Looks Back on the Making of Michael Jackson's 'Bad'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018.
  317. ^ "Drake details Kanye West feud". People. Retrieved 2018.
  318. ^ "Drake Finally Addresses The Reasons Behind His Feud With Kanye West". Capital Xtra. Retrieved 2018.
  319. ^ Peters, Micah. "Drake Aired Out Kanye West to LeBron James on 'The Shop'". The Ringer. Retrieved 2018.
  320. ^ "Drake's Rumored Baby: Everything We Know". TheCut.com. Retrieved 2018.
  321. ^ "Drake Disses Kanye West On French Montana's New Song "No Stylist"". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 2018.
  322. ^ "Drake disses Kanye West at Chicago show". ConsequenceofSound.com. Retrieved 2018.
  323. ^ "DRAKE: KENDRICK LAMAR'S 'NOT MURDERING ME'". MTV.com. Retrieved 2016.
  324. ^ "The Complete List of Drake Feuds: Tyga, Chris Brown, Jay Z And Other Rappers". Fashion&Style. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  325. ^ "A Timeline of Drake and The Weeknd's complicated relationship". Complex. Retrieved 2017.
  326. ^ "The Brief History Between Drake And Tory Lanez Explained". thefader.com. Retrieved 2016.
  327. ^ "Drake Responds To Beefs With Pusha T, Ludacris And Future". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2016.
  328. ^ "Drake and Tory Lanez squash their beef". XXL. Retrieved 2017.
  329. ^ "Ludacris confirms his beef with Drake is dead". XXL. Retrieved 2017.
  330. ^ "JAY-Z references XXXTentacion's murder on Drake's new album". Fader. Retrieved 2018.
  331. ^ "Drake, Nas Star in New Sprite Commercial". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  332. ^ "Drake Admits to Occasional Drug Use". Bet.com. Retrieved 2016.
  333. ^ "Meek Mill, Drake Diss Song: White Castle, Burger King Add Their Beef". July 31, 2015.
  334. ^ "Drake and The Weeknd Among Forbes' List of Highest Paid Celebrities in 2017". XXL. Retrieved 2017.
  335. ^ "10 Artists That Should Sign To Drake's OVO Sound - Page 7 of 11 - XXL". Xxlmag.com. August 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  336. ^ "Kash Doll Signing With Drake's OVO Label". FemaleRappers. October 18, 2016. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  337. ^ "Toronto to host NBA All-Star 2016" (Press release). National Basketball Association. September 30, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  338. ^ "From rapper to Raptor, Drake takes on new role". National Basketball Association. Associated Press. September 30, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  339. ^ "Raptors sign rap star Drake to add flash, promote all-star game". The Globe and Mail. September 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  340. ^ "Drake gets key to the city at NBA all-star celebrity game". Toronto Star. February 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  341. ^ Kelly, Cathal (September 29, 2013). "Raptors, Drake team up for rebranding: Kelly". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013.
  342. ^ a b Muhammad, Latifah (September 30, 2013). "Drake Named Global Ambassador for Toronto Raptors". BET. Retrieved 2013.
  343. ^ Macleod, Robert (September 30, 2013). "Rap star Drake joins Raptors franchise as 'global ambassador'". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013.
  344. ^ Evan Minsker (December 24, 2013). "Toronto Raptors to Host 'Drake Night'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016.
  345. ^ Rooney, Kyle (November 10, 2016). "Drake Hosts "Drake Night" with Toronto Rappers November 16, 2016 against Golden State Warriors". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 2016.
  346. ^ Machkovech, Sam (June 8, 2015). "Apple Music is "the next chapter in music," debuts June 30". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2017.
  347. ^ "Apple Music Signs 'Power Move' Deal with Cash Money Records". Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved 2015.
  348. ^ "Drake's Apple Music Partnership Is A Blockbuster". Fortune. Retrieved 2016.
  349. ^ "Exclusive: How Drake and Apple Music Broke Streaming Records with More Life". The Verge. Retrieved 2017.
  350. ^ "A bunch of celebrities have already been spotted wearing the Apple Watch". businessinsider.com. Retrieved 2016.
  351. ^ "Drake announces his own alcohol brand: Virginia Black". Fader. Retrieved 2017.
  352. ^ "Drake, Chef Susur Lee open Toronto restaurant Fring's". Toronto Sun. September 22, 2015.
  353. ^ Cohen, Francine (July 2009). "DeLeon Diamante Tequila Delights". Food & Beverage Magazine: 16.
  354. ^ "Virginia Black: Decadent American Whiskey". Virginia Black. Retrieved 2017.
  355. ^ "Drake's Virginia Black Looks Like High End Champagne". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017.
  356. ^ "Virginia Black Rollout Extended Worldwide". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017.
  357. ^ "Drake's Net Worth". SUREN PRASAD.
  358. ^ "Inside Drake's $8 million mansion with a pool that puts Hugh Hefner to shame". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018.
  359. ^ Eckardt, Stephanie. "Drake Decided His "YOLO Estate" in L.A. Needs Even More YOLO". W Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  360. ^ "Drake's 21,000-Square-Foot Mansion in Toronto Is Captured By Drone Video | Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2018.
  361. ^ "Drake's Temporary Toronto Home Will Give You Serious House Envy - WATCH". Capital XTRA. Retrieved 2018.
  362. ^ "Larry Graham Talks about his family ties to Drake with Lenny Green". YouTube. June 17, 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  363. ^ Deziel, Shanda (June 22, 2009). "Drake superior". Maclean's. Retrieved 2009.
  364. ^ "Drake: Biography". TVGuide. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  365. ^ Mervis, Scott (May 24, 2012). "Preview: Drake rises from the rap pack with a moody, sensual style". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  366. ^ "Drake: 'Thank Me Later' ... No Thanks". NPR Music. Retrieved 2012.
  367. ^ Marcus, Stephanie (6 June 2013). "Drake Slams Chris Brown and Finally Admits He Dated Rihanna in New Interview". HuffPost. Retrieved 2013.
  368. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8454000/drake-rihanna-relationship-timeline
  369. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/drake-rihanna-mtv-vmas-2016-awards-a7214891.html
  370. ^ http://time.com/5424937/drake-on-rihanna/
  371. ^ Kiefer, Halle. "Drake Confirms He Has a Son on His New Album Scorpion". Vulture. Retrieved 2018.
  372. ^ "Drake Confirms He Has a Son on New Album Scorpion: 'The Kid Is Mine'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2018.
  373. ^ "How Pusha-T's "The Story of Adidon" Viciously Undercuts Drake's Celebrity". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018.
  374. ^ "Drake confirms he has a son with adult movie star Sophie Brussaux on new album, Scorpion". Cosmopolitan. June 29, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  375. ^ "How Pusha-T's "The Story of Adidon" Viciously Undercuts Drake's Celebrity". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018.
  376. ^ "'I ended up as a co-parent' Drake confirms he has a secret son on new album | GoodtoKnow". GoodtoKnow. June 29, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  377. ^ Arnold, Amanda. "Everything We Know About Drake's Rumored Baby". The Cut. Retrieved 2018.
  378. ^ "Decoding the Lyrics to Pusha T's Fiery Drake Diss 'The Story of Adidon'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  379. ^ "Drake acknowledges his son, Adonis, on new album Scorpion". Consequence of Sound. June 29, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  380. ^ "Drake confirms he has a son in honest track on new album Scorpion". The Independent. Retrieved 2018.
  381. ^ "Drake To Appear in Cameo Of 'Breakaway'". That Film Kid. October 25, 2010. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  382. ^ "Anupam Kher shoots with Drake for 'Breakaway'". Cinehour.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  383. ^ McDonald, Soraya Nadia, "Drake shines as 'SNL' host, while Zamata is highly visible but mostly quiet in her debut", The Washington Post, January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  384. ^ Gary Suarez. "Drake Is Now The RIAA's Top Certified Singles Artist Ever". Forbes. Retrieved 2018.
  385. ^ "RIAA Adds Digital Streams To Historic Gold & Platinum Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  386. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Over)". Recording Industry Association of America. May 23, 2014.
  387. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Too Good)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  388. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Passionfruit)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  389. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Nice for What)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  390. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Marvin's Room)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  391. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Find Your Love)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  392. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Energy)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  393. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Take Care)". Recording Industry Association of America. January 30, 2015.
  394. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Headlines)". Recording Industry Association of America. January 30, 2015.
  395. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Best I Ever Had)". Recording Industry Association of America. March 20, 2015.
  396. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Jumpman)". Recording Industry Association of America. May 25, 2016.
  397. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Started from the Bottom)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  398. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (The Motto)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  399. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Hold On, We're Going Home)". Recording Industry Association of America. May 23, 2014.
  400. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Forever)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  401. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (Hotline Bling)". Recording Industry Association of America. January 26, 2016.
  402. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (One Dance)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  403. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Drake (God's Plan)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 29, 2018.
  404. ^ "Drake". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016.
  405. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. May 21, 2016.
  406. ^ "Drake - Grammy". The Recording Academy. February 13, 2017.
  407. ^ "Best Rapper Alive Every Year Since 1979". Complex. July 22, 2016.
  408. ^ "Why Drake Managed to Rule Hip-Hop in 2014 -- Without a New Album or Hit Single". Billboard.com. December 12, 2014.
  409. ^ "Top Artists 2015". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  410. ^ "Top Artists - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  411. ^ "Drake named IFPI Global Recording Artist 2016". www.ifpi.org. Retrieved 2017.
  412. ^ "Best Albums - Page 3". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2015.
  413. ^ "Best Albums - Page 5". Pitchfork.com. February 17, 2015.
  414. ^ "Top Music Artists". Pitchfork.com. July 21, 2016.

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Drake_(rapper)
 



 



 
Music Scenes