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Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement.
He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake released his debut studio album, Thank Me Later, in 2010, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next two releases were 2011's Take Care and 2013's Nothing Was the Same, which were both critically and commercially successful - the former earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
In 2015, he released two mixtapes - the trap-influenced If You're Reading This It's Too Late and a collaboration with Future titled What a Time to Be Alive - both of which earned platinum certification in the US. Drake released his fourth album, Views, in 2016, breaking several chart records in the process. The dancehall-influenced album sat atop the Billboard 200 for 10 nonconsecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in more than 10 years.
Alongside his Grammy Award wins, Drake has won three Juno Awards and six American Music Awards, as well as a record 13 Billboard Music Awards, while also being one of the most acclaimed rappers of the 21st century.
Drake has developed other ventures, including his OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator Noah "40" Shebib. Drake acts as a producer, producing under the pseudonym Champagne Papi. Using the "OVO" moniker, Drake has his own clothing line and his own program on Beats 1 Radio. He has also developed a whiskey, is a restaurateur, and is the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors.