Drake wasn’t always one of the hottest rappers in the game. Starting out, Aubrey Drake Graham first stepped into the entertainment industry with his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake began his rap career by dropping early mixtapes, Room for Improvement and Comeback Season, the latter of which was released under his newly found label, October’s Very Own. “Replacement Girl,” the first single released under the label, spawned the hype he needed to kick off his career. Lil Wayne then invited the rapper to join his Tha Carter III tour, forming a close relationship that resulted in multiple collabs on tracks like “Ransom” and “I Want This Forever.”
In 2009, So Far Gone was released online through the OVO blog. The mixtape featured hits like “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful,” both of which became certified gold. Due to its wild popularity—aided in part by features from Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, and Lloyd—the mixtape was re-released as an EP and debuted at number six on the Billboard albums chart. Drake’s newfound success led to a frenzy: Several record labels were begging to sign the rapper, but they all ultimately lost the war to Young Money Entertainment, who signed him soon after the EP’s release.
Thank Me Later, Drake’s debut album, was released in 2010 and included some of his most infamous songs to date, such as “Find Your Love,” which later received platinum certification. In 2011, Drake released his (best) album Take Care, flooding the charts with hit tracks like “Headlines,” “Marvins Room,” and “The Motto.” Drake went on to release hit projects—Nothing Was The Same, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, More Life, and more—making him the Recording Industry Association of America’s top certified single artist ever with a total of 55 platinum tracks. This news came following the released of his newest album, Scorpion, which includes the tracks “Nice For What” and “God’s Plan,” both of which became internet sensations and memes.
Now, the 32-year-old rapper is coming off the heels of the 10 year celebration of So Far Gone, an undeniable treasure in his discography, as well as a Grammy win for his 2018 hit track, “God’s Plan.”