Started From The Top: Drake Was Always There

Aubrey Drake Graham, known by most as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. Drake’s first time in the spotlight was as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He remained an actor on the series until 2007 when he decided he wanted to pursue a career as a rapper. He released his debut mixtape titled Room For Improvement in 2007 and the rest is history.

Drake signed with rapper Lil Wayne’s “Young Money Entertainment” in 2009 and still credits Wayne today with being one of the greatest of all time. His first album, Thank Me Later, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified platinum shortly after its release. Drake’s next album arrived in 2011 and was titled Take Care. Take Care is considered to be one of Drake’s R&B albums as opposed to other albums that are geared more towards rap and it was certified as quadruple platinum in the United States. Next, Drake released Nothing Was the Same in 2013, which was certified as triple platinum. 2015 was a big year for Drake as he released two mixtapes, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late and the Future-assisted What A Time To Be Alive. Both mixtapes were certified as platinum in the United States.

Even though Drake’s rap resumé was impressive through 2015, perhaps his two biggest years were 2016 and 2017. When Drake released his fourth album, Views, in 2016, it broke several chart records. The album sat atop the Billboard 200 for ten nonconsecutive weeks and one of the album’s singles, One Dance, topped the charts in several countries. This meant that Drake led the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 for eight consecutive weeks. Views achieved quadruple platinum status in the United States and sold over one million copies in the first week of its release. Finally, Drake released his most recent body of work, More Life, in March of 2017. Drake described the collection of music as a “playlist” rather than an album. Nonetheless, it was his seventh consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and set multiple streaming records.

Drake’s resumé goes beyond the studio. He holds several Billboard chart records, including most charted songs among solo artists in the history of the Billboard 100 with 154. He also holds records for the most time spent on the Hot 100 list at 431 weeks and has the most Hot 100 debuts in a single week with 21. Aside from these records, Drake has won three Grammy Awards and has been nominated for another 30. He has also won three Juno Awards and six American Music Awards, as well as a record-breaking thirteen Billboard Music Awards.

In addition, Drake created his own record label called October’s Very Own, more commonly known as OVO, and produced his own clothing line. The OVO clothing line does not sell products at a cheap price but continues to grow alongside Drake’s music and production. He has also developed a  whiskey and is a global ambassador for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. Drake has even hosted shows like Saturday Night Live and the NBA’s first ever “NBA Awards” in addition to ABC’s “The ESPYS”. In conclusion, Drake’s ability to both sing and rap allows him to produce albums with both pop and hip-hop hits that have turned him into an icon in pop culture.

 

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