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The Evolution of Drake

Drake didn't just go from his acting as wheelchair struck character on Degrassi to a record breaking hip-hop artist overnight!

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    Aubrey Drake Graham was born October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He’s biracial, with a white Canadian mother and a black father from Memphis. His father is a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, and two of his uncles are also musicians. Credit: Getty Images
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    His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he was raised by his mother. Credit: Getty Images
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    He had his first experience in show biz when he was cast in “Degrassi: The Next Generation” at age fifteen, using his birth name. He stayed with “Degrassi” for seven seasons. Credit: Getty Images
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    He and appeared on other TV shows and commercials, like this one for Sprite. Credit: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uQFshnBq_s
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    Drake dropped out of high school when he started acting, but got his diploma through a private tutor in 2012. Credit: Getty Images
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    His music career began in 2006 when, as Drake, he self-released the mixtape “Room for Improvement,” featuring Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco.
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    He released a followup mixtape, “Comeback Season,” in 2007 and his first single, "Replacement Girl" was featured on BET.
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    He collaborated on a few songs with his mentor Lil Wayne, but Drake still didn’t have a record contract. Credit: Getty Images
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    He released a third mixtape, “So Far Gone,” as a free download in 2009, receiving over two thousand downloads in its first two hours of release. The songs “Successful” and the Lil Wayne/Trey Songz collaboration “Best I Ever Had” were released as singles and he became the second artist ever to have his first two top ten hits in the same week. Credit: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGt4DOl411o
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    In mid-2009, Drake finally signed a record deal and released his debut album, “Thank Me Later” in 2010. It topped the charts its first week and included “Best I Ever Had” and another top-ten hit, “Find Your Love.”
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    His follow-up, “Take Care,” was released in 2011 and was Drake’s second number-one debut, despite delays and a leak to the internet. Credit: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zzP29emgpg
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    A single from "Take Care" called "The Motto" is known to have started the acronym "YOLO". Credit: Getty Images
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    In 2012, Drake headlined the Club Paradise Tour, which was the most successful hip-hip tour of the year. Credit: Getty Images
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    "Take Care" won the 2013 Grammy for Best Rap Album, where his Lil Wayne collaboration “The Motto” was nominated for Best Rap Song. Credit: Getty Images
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    Drake’s third studio album, “Nothing Was the Same,” was released in 2013 with his first two singles both reaching the top ten.
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    Rihanna and Drake go exclusive with their relationship in Spring of 2014. Credit: Getty Images