|风格：||硬核说唱 Hardcore Hip Hop, 流行说唱 Pop Rap, 当代节奏布鲁斯 Contemporary R&B|
全 名：Aubrey Drake Graham
出 生 地：加拿大多伦多
Aubrey Drake Graham出生于加拿大多伦多，父亲Dennis Graham是来自田纳西州的非裔美国人，是一名鼓手，与Jerry Lee Lewis一起合作。母亲为犹太人，是一名教育家。Drake的父母在他五岁时离婚，Drake跟随母亲在富裕的Forest Hill地区长大。高中时代Drake开始表演生涯，并未完成高中学业。
2001年，Drake在电视剧Degrassi： The next Generation中扮演Jimmy Brooks一角，开始其演员生涯。剧中Brooks是一名篮球健将，由于被同班同学枪击导致残疾。Drake的戏份与2009年结束，制作方以新人替换了整个剧组。
2006年2月，Drake在他的个人网页以及MySpace主业上发布了自己的第一张专辑： Room for Improvement，取得成功后，Drake陆陆续续开始在网站上发布更多的音乐。2007年，他又推出了第二张专辑：Comeback Season。
2009年2月13日，Drake推出了第三章专辑 So Far Gone，可以在他的博客上免费下载。专辑发布后的两个小时内，便获得了超过2000次的下载。继网络上的大获成功后，Drake的歌曲又在各大电台热播。终于，Drake将专辑中的五首歌曲再加上一首新区，组成了他的第一张EP，其中包含了最成功的两首歌“Best I Ever Had”和 “Successful”。到目前为止，Drake已经和Jay-Z，Kanye West， Young Jeezy， Mary J. Blige 以及Jamie Foxx等诸多著名音乐人合作过。
2009年6月29日，Drake与Young Money Entertainment签下了唱片合约，他计划在2009年末发行第一张正式唱片 Thank Me Later。他的第二张专辑名为《Take Care》，发布于2011年11月15日。
2015年2月，德雷克(Drake)在第四周的公告牌Hot 100单曲榜中同时拥有十四首歌曲上榜，这个成绩追平了披头士乐队(The Beatles)五十一年前创造的历史纪录。在同时登上公告牌单曲榜的这十四首歌曲中，德雷克以主打身份的歌曲有十首，另外有四首是客串。而披头士乐队的十四首歌没有一首是客串。
2001-2005:Degrassi: The Next Generation
At the age of 15, Drake met an agent, the father of a high school friend. The agent found Drake a role on the Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation as Jimmy Brooks. In the show, Brooks is a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. Drake describes how his early acting career affected his family, "My mother was very sick. We were very poor, like broke. The only money I had coming in was off of Canadian TV, which isn't that much money when you break it down. A season of Canadian television is under a teacher's salary, I'll tell you that much. It's definitely not something to go fucking get."He would continue his acting career on Degrassi: The Next Generation until 2009, when his character graduated from Degrassi. Overall, he appeared in a total of 145 episodes. Drake's famous co-star on the show was Bulgarian-born Canadian actress Nina Dobrev, who later starred on The Vampire Diaries.
2006–2009: Mixtapes and So Far Gone
In 2006, Drake self-released his first mixtape Room for Improvement. The mixtape features artists Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco. He described it as "pretty straightforward, radio friendly, not much content to it." In a TeenNick interview from that time, he cited his influences as rappers Jay Z, Clipse, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and singers Anthony Hamilton and Maxwell.In 2007, he released another mixtape, Comeback Season, spawning a single and a music video for "Replacement Girl" featuring Trey Songz. Also in 2007, Drake became the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET when his first single, "Replacement Girl" was featured as the "New Joint of the Day" on April 30, 2007. It also contained a freestyle over a song with Lil Wayne, a remix of "Man of the Year" originally by Brisco and Flo Rida. In 2008, Lil Wayne was given some of Drake's music from Rap-A-Lot founder, J. Prince's son, Jas Prince, and he immediately called Drake to invite him to fly to Houston and tour with him. Drake and Wayne recorded a couple of songs during this time, including "Ransom", the original version of "I Want This Forever", and the remix to Drake's song, "Brand New". Though now part of Lil Wayne's crew, Young Money, Drake was not signed. On February 13, 2009, Drake released his third official mixtape, So Far Gone, for free download on his blog site, which included Drake's mentor Lil Wayne, Bun B, Omarion, Lloyd and his friend, Trey Songz.
He achieved success before signing to a major record label, according to his management Hip Hop Since 1978.In June 2009, it was revealed that an unauthorized album entitled The Girls Love Drake and credited to Drake was up for sale on iTunes. A lawsuit was planned against the label.On the Billboard Hot 100 chart of July 4, 2009, both "Best I Ever Had", and "Every Girl" by Young Money Entertainment entered the top ten at positions 3 and 10 respectively. On June 29, 2009, it was confirmed, that Drake signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment.This followed what Billboard purported to be "one of the biggest bidding wars ever".Drake toured with Wayne and other rap artists on the America's Most Wanted Tour. On July 31, 2009, Drake, who was performing on an already injured knee, fell on stage while performing "Best I Ever Had", with Lil Wayne in Camden, New Jersey. Drake underwent surgery on September 8, 2009 for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He underwent rehabilitation and was soon able to walk. On September 15, 2009, So Far Gone was released as a seven-track EP in which five of the tracks were from the original mixtape. It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Since then the album was certified gold by the RIAA with over 500,000 copies sold in the United States. On April 18, 2010, the album won Rap Recording of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards.
2010–2011: Thank Me Later
Drake planned to release his official debut album, Thank Me Later, in late 2008, but the album's release date was postponed, first to March 2010,then May 25, 2010.Universal Motown then stated the album had been pushed back three weeks for a June 15, 2010, release.Thank Me Later was finally released on June 15, 2010. On that day, 25,000 fans gathered at New York's South Street Seaport for a free concert by Drake and Hanson.
On March 9, 2010, Drake released the first single from his Thank Me Later album, titled "Over".The song was well-received and performed well both commercially and critically. The song reached a peak of No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Rap Songs chart. The song also received a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards.On March 12, 2010, a version of K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" recorded by a collective of Canadian musicians known as Young Artists for Haiti was released. Drake is featured in the song, performing a solo verse near the end of the song. In June 2010, it was announced that Drake would have a prominent role in the video game Gears of War 3. He was scheduled to play the part of Jace Stratton, but a scheduling conflict meant it went to someone else. Drake began his college tour in Charleston, Illinois.On April 29, 2010, it was announced that Drake had finished Thank Me Later. According to reports, Drake announced the completion of the album during his April 26, 2010, show at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missour.
"Find Your Love" was released as the second single on May 5, 2010. Critics commended Drake's move toward more singing in the song, and compared it to Kanye West's work on 808s & Heartbreak. The single became the most successful single from the album, peaking at number 5 on the Hot 100 and receiving a Platinum certification by the RIAA. "Find Your Love" also performed well internationally and was Drake's first top 40 appearance in the United Kingdom and Italy. The music video for the single was shot in Kingston, Jamaica and tells the story of Drake being involved in an encounter with a gang-affiliated woman. The video was criticized by Jamaica's minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett who said "care has to be taken by all, including our creative artists, in portraying images of our destination and people, Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing (the island's image)"The third single from the album, "Miss Me", featuring Lil Wayne, was released on June 1, 2010.The single proved to be moderately successful, and reached No. 15 on the Hot 100. The fourth and final single released from the album was "Fancy". The song was performed at the MTV Music Video Awards in 2010 with appearances by Swizz Beatz and Mary J. Blige in the performance. The song proved to be his least successful single of the era, peaking at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it managed to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Songs chart and received a nomination at the 53rd Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. Drake hosted the first annual OVO (October's Very Own) Festival. In that festival he brought out the VIP list of rappers. Drake kicked off his "Lights Dreams and Nightmares Tour" on September 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida.The tour travelled to major cities in the United States, winding down on November 6.
2011–2012: Take Care
Drake's second studio album, Take Care, was announced on November 17, 2010.It was originally scheduled to be released on October 24, 2011,though it was later delayed to November 15, 2011.In late January 2011, Indiewire announced that Drake was in negotiations to join Eva Green and Susan Sarandon in the cast of Nicholas Jarecki's forthcoming feature-film Arbitrage.In April 2011, it was announced that he would no longer star in the movie to focus on the album. "Dreams Money Can Buy" and "Marvins Room" were released on Drake's October's Very Own Blog on May 20 and June 9,respectively. The former was not featured on the official tracklisting, while the latter was released as a promotional single through iTunes on July 22 after it gained considerable airplay on Urban radio.The song was certified Gold by the RIAA,peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100,and reached the top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.On June 28, the music video for "Marvins Room" was released, featuring him feeling depressed in a club.
"Headlines" was released as Take Care's lead single on August 9, 2011. It was met with positive critical and commercial responses, reaching number 13 on the Hot 100 and was eventually certified Platinum in the United States and Canada. The song also became his tenth single to reach the summit of the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, which led him to be the artist with the most number one singles on the chart, a record that he still presently holds with 12 number one singles.The music video for the single was released on October 2, 2011, depicting Drake rapping in various locations around Toronto such as Guild Park and Rogers Centre. He performed "Headlines" on ice during the second intermission of the NHL All Star Game in his home country of Canada in January 2012.
"Make Me Proud" was released as the second single from the album on October 16, 2011, and features Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj.The single was commercially successful, reaching a peak position of number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It ties the record for largest jump on the Billboard Hot 100 for a male artist (with Akon's "Smack That"), when the song vaulted from number 97 to number 9 in an 88 position jump.The song also reached the peak of both the Billboard Rap Songs chart and the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, marking Drake's eleventh and eighth number ones on both charts respectively."Make Me Proud" became Drake's fourth consecutive single to receive a Platinum certification by the RIAA.
"The Motto" was released as Take Care's third single on November 29, 2011, and features American rapper Lil Wayne. It peaked at number 14 on the Hot 100 and topped the Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop songs charts, further extending his lead for most number one singles on the rap chart and matching a record set by fellow rapper Jay Z, for most chart-topping singles on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a Rap artist. It is credited for popularizing the phrase "YOLO" in the United States, with the song's hook stating, "You only live once: that's the motto, nigga, YOLO."The song's music video was released on February 10, 2012, and features appearances by fellow Young Money rapper Tyga, E-40, and Mistah F.A.B..
The album's title track was released as the fourth single on February 21, 2012, and features Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The song became his first top 10 single in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The single was certified 2× Platinum in the United States for sales of over 2,000,000 units, being the second single after "The Motto" to do so.The music video for the single was released after many delays on April 6, 2012, simultaneously with the music video for the fifth single "HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)".
Drake was featured on Rick Ross's single "Diced Pineapples" from God Forgives, I Don't, Kendrick Lamar's song "Poetic Justice" from Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and ASAP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems" from Long. Live. ASAP, which also features Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. Drake was also featured French Montana's single "Pop That" from Excuse My French, 2 Chainz's single "No Lie" from Based on a T.R.U. Story, DJ Khaled's single "I'm on One" from We the Best Forever and Lil Wayne's single "She Will" from Tha Carter IV, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2012–2015: OVO Sound, Nothing Was the Same and other releases
Drake formed a record label named OVO Sound in early 2012. Drake and 40 represented OVO (October's Very Own) since his previous mixtapes were released. The label is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records. The label signed its first artist who goes by PartyNextDoor and also signed producers Boi-1da, T-Minus, and Mike Zombie. In the event, the previously unissued "Enough Said" by Aaliyah featuring verses added by Drake was released instead on the day of the concert.
In January 2013, Drake was seen filming the music video for a new song titled "Started from the Bottom" and was being directed by Director X.The single was instead premiered on February 1, 2013 and released to iTunes five days later. At the 55th Grammy Awards, he won the award for Best Rap Album for Take Care and announced his third studio album would be titled Nothing Was the Same.Many rappers including Kap G have remixed the song.The music video for the song was filmed in Toronto and the Dominican Republic. In March 2013 he would premiere a song off the album titled "5 AM in Toronto", a sequel to the Thank Me Later track "9 AM in Dallas". Later in the month he would film a music video for the song and it would be released on April 1, 2013. Drake also would release two more songs on April 15, 2013.
Drake made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on January 19, 2014; also serving as the musical guest. Critics praised Drake's acting ability and comedic timing.Drake will host and perform again on May 14, 2016.
Nothing Was the Same is a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.Drake collaborated with bachata singer Romeo Santos on his song "Odio".On February 12, 2015, Drake released If You're Reading This It's Too Late onto iTunes, with no prior announcement, making it his fourth retail project with Cash Money.As of August 11, 2015, the If You're Reading This It's Too Late mixtape had sold over 1 million copies, making Drake the first artist with a platinum album in 2015. It also marks the rapper's fourth platinum album.
Drake performed for the first time in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in March 2015.
In July 2015, rapper Meek Mill dissed Drake on Twitter, calling him out for not tweeting his album out.On July 25, 2015, Drake premiered a track, titled "Charged Up" that is seen as a response to Meek Mill's allegations.On July 28, 2015, Drake dropped yet another diss track about Meek Mill called "Back to Back" in which he addressed ghostwriting accusations, among other topics.
On September 20, 2015, Drake released a joint-mixtape with Atlanta rapper Future, What a Time to Be Alive.The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, marking the first time a rapper was able to score two number 1's in a year in 11 years, since Jay Z back in 2004.As of January 27, 2016, What a Time to Be Alive has sold 519,000 copies in the United States.The same month, Drake appeared on Fader's 100th issue.
As of 2016, Drake has three consecutive platinum albums and the most number one singles in the Billboard Rap chart history. At times even a mild association with his "brand" has helped to promote events and the careers of his fellow artists.
In July of 2014, Drake announced his fourth studio album.Throughout 2014, Drake kept quite and was featured on Lil Wayne's single "Believe Me" and on a remix of Tinashe's single "2 On". He also released a few throwaway songs. In 2015, Drake released a surprised mixtape and the album was delayed.
On January 30, 2016, Drake released a promotional single called "Summer Sixteen", to promote his upcoming fourth studio album Views. The album was originally titled Views from the 6, but it was renamed to simply Views.The single debuted at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and contains several lines which reference the likes of Barack Obama, Jay Z, and Kanye West.Drake performed at a Bat Mitzvah in New York on February 20, 2016.A few days later, Drake joined Rihanna and performed at the 2016 Brit Awards on 24 February 2016.The tour supporting the album will kick off in Austin, Texas. Additional cities including Edmonton and Montreal were announced on May 20, 2016.
According to The New York Times, Views received half-billion mark in streams.
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