42 interesting facts about Drake: Half Jewish, has a crush on Kat Dennings


Drake is best known in Canada for playing wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and internationally for hit songs like "Best I Ever Had" and "Take Care."

  1. Drake is just his stage name, his full name is Aubrey Drake Graham.

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    Drake was born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  3. His father is an African American from Memphis, Tennessee while his mom is a Jewish Canadian.

  4. His father's name is Dennis Graham and he was a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis.

  5. Drake attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute but in the end did not graduate.

  6. Drake starred on the show Degrassi: The Next Generation playing the character Jimmy Brooks who was disabled.

  7. Drake starred on Degrassi for seven years (2001-09), earning a 2002 Young Artist Award for best ensemble in a TV series, among other honors.

  8. Drake's uncle, Larry Graham, played bass for Prince.

  9. In 2006, Drake began circulating mixtapes of his raps, and signed a record deal in 2009.

  10. His hit songs include "Every Girl," "Best I Ever Had," "Money to Blow" and "Take Care."

  11. His First EP So Far Gone peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Chart

  12. He was featured on BET and was supported by rappers Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. He was finally signed to Universal Motown in 2009.

  13. Rap-A-Lot founder, J. Prince's son, Jas Prince introduced Lil Wayne to Drake's music. From there Wayne invited Drake to Houston to tour with him!

  14. Drake has done some voice acting as well. He appeared in Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, as Ethan, the young mammoth.

  15. He went to see Lil Wayne three times while Weezy was locked up in New York's Riker's Island jail.

  16. On June 15, 2010, Drake released his first full studio album, Thank Me Later, which debuted at No. 1 on both American and Canadian album charts and has since been certified platinum.

  17. He has written songs for artists such as Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. Drake has won numerous awards for his songwriting abilities. He wrote "Un-Thinkable" for Alicia Keys and co-wrote "Fall For Your Type" for Jamie Foxx.

  18. Drake admitted back in 2010 that Minaj was his inspiration for "Un-Thinkable." He told MTV in 2010 about his crush. "I've always really, actually, really had a crush on her, always really loved her, and she's always just looked at me as, like, her little brother," he said.

  19. He is a fan of the Miami Heat. Drake was videotaped outside the Heat's locker room after their victory in Game 7 of the NBA finals on June 20. The video shows Drake being denied access because he didn't have a media pass.
  20. Drake's video for "HYFR" recreates his Bar Mitzvah - a spiritual and community-based Jewish rite of passage signaling that a boy has passed into adulthood involving a party for friends and family. In fact he calls it a re-Bar Mitzvah!"I have some of my mother's friends, some of my friends," he said to the camera, gesturing toward Birdman and Khaled, who were seated in the Miami synagogue. "Stunna Man and Khaled had to come and show their support. I learned my Torah portions; they had to come hear me read it." said Drake.

  21. Drake's Take Care album became the fastest selling Hip Hop album to sell in a week ever until a week later Eminem's recovery album surpassed it.

  22. His celebrity crush is none other than the hilarious comedienne Kat Dennings, star of Two Broke Girls. He also has crushes on Meagan Good and Eva Mendes.

  23. Drake was supposed to play a role in the popular video game Gears of War 3 but didn't because of scheduling conflicts.

  24. Drake has an ongoing feud with fellow entertainer Chris Brown over singer Rihanna whom they have both dated.

  25. Drake and Chris Brown were allegedly involved in a physical altercation on June 14, 2012, when Drake and his entourage allegedly threw glass bottles towards Chris Brown at a nightclub called WIP in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

  26. Chris Brown tweeted personal information referencing the situation, and while afterwards he deleted the tweets, he then released what appeared to be a Drake diss record a few weeks later. It is unclear why they clashed. Drake dated Rihanna (not long after the domestic violence case caused by her ex) in 2009.They have remained romantic friends since then.

  27. Drake is managed by the power house company Hip Hop Since 1978.

  28. Drake has 10 #1 singles on the Billboard Rap Chart, tying him with Diddy!

  29. His favorite music group is N.E.R.D.

  30. He tweets potential tattoos. "All my Tweets are things I'd tattoo on me if I was a tattoo type," he's told Rolling Stone.

  31. Drake almost played a show with Hanson, but the crowd for the free performance at New York's South Street Seaport was so large that a riot broke out, and it had to be canceled.

  32. Drake's "Best I Ever Had" video was directed by Kanye West.

  33. He's planning on launching a clothing line called A&S

  34. His idols are are Pharell Williams and Denzel Washington.

  35. Drake's favorite fast food place is McDonalds.

  36. Drake prefers Mac over PC.

  37. All the rhymes and raps Drake writes or thinks is written straight into his BlackBerry phone instead of in a notebook or on paper.

  38. Drake made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on January 19, 2014; also serving as the musical guest. The episode received acclaim from critics who praised Drake's acting ability and comedic timing.

  39. He released a new single, "Started from the Bottom," in early 2013. The song, from his critically-acclaimed 2013 album Nothing was the Same, reflects his personal struggle for fame and success. "I just wanted to make it known that I did work really hard to get here and it wasn't just a fluke and it wasn't easy by any means," he explained to MTV News.

  40. Drake is 6' 0" (1.83 m) tall.

  41. He isn't afraid to bite the hand that feeds him. "Universal needs to stop taking my f****** songs down," he recently Tweeted. "I am doing this for the people not for your label."

  42. Drake's net worth is $35 million.


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