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AUBREY DRAKE GRAHAM – Rap Radar

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It is always a joy for hip-hop music lovers whenever their favorite artist drops a new album or singles related to their culture and story. Over the years, rap hip-hop has made waves since the ’90s with good jams and vibes. However, the new generation has instilled new waves and style that has even made it relatable in the ’90s. This young man is part of that new generation.

Today’s story is about Aubrey Drake Graham, born to Dennis Graham, an African American and Sandra “Sandi” Graham on October 24, 1986. He is a Canadian rapper, songwriter, singer, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. His parents divorced when he was five years old, but he and his mother remained in Toronto. His father returned to Memphis, where he was incarcerated for some years on drug-related charges. He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he displayed his love for arts, first acting and still maintained activeness in school. He went on to attend Vaughan Road Academy in the city’s multicultural Oakwood–Vaughan neighborhood.

Because of his parent issues, Drake never really had that smooth childhood life that a normal child should have, and even his father’s trouble didn’t help situations. Aside from that, he grew up not having things children usually have because of their financial situations.

Circumstances should never be an excuse to being a failure, it should be a means of motivation that will spur us to become better in the future, and this was the story of Drake.

His journey to stardom began when he released his first mixtape, “Room for Improvement,” in 2006, which featured Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz. He released his second mixtape “Comeback Season” in 2007, and the third one, “So Far Gone” in 2009, proved to be a success. The third mixtape’s success led to him being the center of contract war among different labels until he was finally signed to Lil Wayne Young Money Entertainment.

His eureka moment finally arrived when he released his debut album, Thank Me Later, in late 2008 but was finally released in 2010. His lead single “Over” earned him a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards, and the album peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Rap Songs chart. He released his second studio album, Take Care, on November 15, 2011, and received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and achieved great commercial success. It was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA in 2016, with 2.6 million sales in the U.S. for the album. Drake has released other successful albums such as Nothing was the same, If you’re reading this; It too late, What a Time to Be AliveViewsMore Life, and other works. Today, he is recognized as a leading artist of his generation that has redefined music with his unique voice.

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