Once Drake first debuted in 2009, he hit the ground running. He’s released five studio albums and three mixtapes since then, each one appearing on every major music chart. From his humble beginnings as an actor on Canadian TV to becoming a rap icon, Drake has cemented himself as one of the greatest rappers of all time. With over $100 million in net worth, it’s safe to say that he deserves this title. So how did Drake become so successful? Here are six things you should know about the man behind Hotline Bling:


Drake Started Off as an Actor

Drake first started out as an actor. He was on an episode of the Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001 as Jimmy Brooks, a high school student who struggled with being gay. He also appeared in the 2008 movie Jimmy the Virgin, where he played a down-and-out rapper named Jimmy who gets impregnated by his girlfriend after he loses his virginity to her.

In 2009, Drake’s acting career came to an end when he moved from Canada to Los Angeles and began making music full time.

Drake Got His First Big Break From Lil Wayne

Drake has had many big breaks in his career as a rapper. But one of the biggest, and definitely the most important, came when he was signed to Young Money. In fact, it was Lil Wayne’s label that helped propel Drake into stardom.

Lil Wayne, who is often called one of the greatest rappers of all time and is known for his hits such as “Lollipop” and “I Am Not a Human Being,” founded Young Money in 2005 alongside Bryan “Baby” Williams. This decision proved beneficial for both parties: Lil Wayne got an eager new artist to work with (Drake) while also having someone else promote his music online; Drake got access to some of rap’s best writing talent—including DJ Khaled—and learned how to become successful in music business dealings from other artists such as Nicki Minaj who also worked under Young Money at one point or another during its existence (until 2014).

Because Lil Wayne believed so strongly in Drake’s talent, he made sure that everyone else did too by granting him his own record deal at age 19 after seeing how well he performed at open mics around Toronto where they lived together!

Drake Got Co-Signs From the Biggest Rappers

Drake has enjoyed a long and fruitful career by collaborating with some of rap’s biggest names. In his earliest days, he was working with Lil Wayne, who was one of the biggest rappers in the industry at that time. The two artists seemed to have a great chemistry together and it paid off for Drake as he got to work with Diddy on We Are Young Money (2009) before being signed by Jay Z as he launched his own label, Young Money Entertainment. Later on, he linked up with Kanye West for 2010’s Thank Me Later album which also featured appearances from Jadakiss and Nicki Minaj. He later linked up again with Kanye on Watch The Throne (2011), but this time around he shared verses with him on songs like Lift Off and Who Do You Love?

Drake Built a Sound Like No Other Rapper

What is it about Drake that makes him unique? Well, he has a distinct style. His sound is completely different from other artists and genres. Even in the same genre, he’s not like anyone else out there—in fact, his sound is so distinctive that it’s hard to imagine another artist with the same vibe as him.

Drake has built this unique style by taking elements from other rappers and combining them into something that feels fresh, new and exciting to hear every time you hear one of his tracks come on your favorite music app (or over speakers at a party).

Drake’s Early Career Was Controversial

Drake’s early career was highly controversial, but he has done a lot to repair his image. For example, he was accused of dating multiple famous women at once (including Rihanna and Serena Williams), which was considered a bad look because it seemed like he was using them for social status. He also has a history of cultural appropriation—for example, at one point he wore an “African” outfit to the NBA All-Star game that some people found offensive because they thought it would make it seem like Drake didn’t care about the people from whom he supposedly took inspiration from.

Drake Dropped Non-Stop Hits in 2016 & 2017

In 2016, Drake released his fourth studio album titled Views. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 and had an impressive run at number one for thirteen consecutive weeks. In 2017, Drake released More Life to promote his clothing line OVO and to introduce new artists to the mainstream audience. He also announced that he would be working on another full-length album in 2020, which has yet to be released as of this writing. There is no doubt that Drake will continue releasing hits in 2021, 2022 and beyond!

Drake Keeps Breaking His Own Records, Even Years Later

But even if you don’t consider yourself a fan, there’s no denying that Drake is one of the most popular artists in the world. In fact, he broke his own record for Spotify streams on the same day that he broke his own record on Apple Music! This shows just how widespread Drake’s popularity has become and how people continue to enjoy his music years later.

Drake has worked hard to become one of the top rappers in the game.

Drake has worked hard to become one of the top rappers in the game. He started his career as a child actor, appearing in several Canadian productions and eventually landing a role on the teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation” from 2001 to 2007. After leaving acting behind, Drake turned his attention towards music and released an EP called “Room for Improvement” in 2006. This was followed by two more EPs called “Comeback Season” (2007) and “So Far Gone” (2009). Not only did these projects help establish him as an artist, but they also set him up for success with his first solo album, “Thank Me Later,” which was released in 2010.*

Drake is one of the biggest artists in the world and he’s had an incredible career so far. He’s continued to break his own records and reach new heights, even years after his first big hit. His success didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work and dedication over many years for him to get where he is today. If you want to follow Drake’s lead then it might take some time before you see results, but keep working hard and don’t give up!

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