From teen actor to adult rapper, Drake is one of the few people in the entertainment industry to parlay his young fame into his dream career as an adult. Drake, occasionally referred to as Drizzle or by his legal name, Aubrey Drake Graham, has been in the public eye since he was thirteen. Through perseverance and a successful use of social networking sites ...
From teen actor to adult rapper, Drake is one of the few people in the entertainment industry to parlay his young fame into his dream career as an adult. Drake, occasionally referred to as Drizzle or by his legal name, Aubrey Drake Graham, has been in the public eye since he was thirteen. Through perseverance and a successful use of social networking sites like MySpace, Drake has continued to impress fans and critics with his acting and musical talent.
To anyone who knows Drake's personal story, though, his versatility comes as no surprise. Drake was raised by his white Jewish mother in a wealthy neighborhood in Toronto, but spent summers with his African American father in Memphis, Tennessee. Throughout Drake's childhood, he felt the differences between his two lives. He constantly struggled to reconcile the contrasts of faith, race and economic status between his parents in order to forge his own identity.
Drake's inner turmoil led to an early interest in the performing arts. On his first audition, Drake was cast in the long-running teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation. As a young teen actor, Drake was known as Aubrey Drake Graham. He and his cast mates grew in front of the Canadian public for eight years, exploring teen-related themes often associated with after-school specials.
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When his role on Degrassi ended, Drake was forced to reevaluate his career path. He enjoyed acting, but he found particular satisfaction with music. Drake had already released two mix tapes via his MySpace page while he was a Degrassi cast member. The first mix tape was released in 2006, called Room For Improvement. Room For Improvement was well received by fans, but did not lead to further music deals. In 2007, Drake made his second mix tape available on his MySpace page, Comeback Season. The tape caught the attention of some industry insiders, and the single "Replacement Girl," was a big enough record that BET invited Drake to shoot a music video for the song. However, Drake remained an unsigned artist even after "Replacement Girl" saw considerable rotation on BET.
Although his role in Degrassi had earned Drake a sizable MySpace following for his mix tapes, it also proved a roadblock to his music endeavors. After all, Degrassi was a well-known show that dealt with young teens, and the rap world is concerned with entirely different subject matter and much more explicit issues. One reporter explains Drake's career by saying, "In Canada, he's just as well known for acting as music. Stateside, it would be as if 90210's Brian Austin Green left David Silver behind to achieve real-life hip-hop legitimacy."
Drake has confronted the discrepancy of public personas by saying that he is proud of his teen acting role. Drake says "Degrassi was never something I saw as potentially ruining [a music career]. [Degrassi] was a great TV show. It had a cult following." In Canada, Drake occasionally gives a shout out to Degrassi to his adoring fans.
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