Drake was born Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada. The actor and Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist first gained popularity for playing Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. In June 2009, he signed a contract with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. On June 15, 2010, his first album, Thank Me Later, was released; it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and subsequently went platinum. Drake has collaborated with several hip-hop artists, including Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, Eminem and Jay-Z. In June 2010, he starred in the MTV special Drake: Better Than Good Enough. He postponed his 2010 European tour in order to be with his mother, who needed emergency surgery.
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