Born Aubrey Drake Graham, he first gained fame for his role as basketball player Jimmy Brooks on the TV series Degrassi, then went on to become a rap phenomenon after his album Thank Me Later went platinum in 2010. His second album Take Care won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was certified quadruple platinum.
He traveled between Memphis and Toronto quite often as a child, due to his parents' divorce.
His album Take Care popularized the phrase "YOLO," and the accompanying tour grossed over $42 million in 2012. He provided the voice for the character Ethan in the 2012 film Ice Age: Continental Drift.
He is half Jewish. He supported his mother Serena Williams.
He has collaborated on songs with such prominent artists as Lil Wayne.