25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Drake
Drake is the quintessential rap superstar at the moment. His albums go platinum, he's got another sure-seller on the way, and his Soundcloud page alone might be the best hip-hop LP of 2014. He's every artist's go-to feature for a hit single and it's proved to be a working formula for everyone from YG to Lil Wayne.
But as public of a figure as he is, Drake has some secrets, too. Sure, he played Wheelchair Jimmy in 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' and of course he's dated Rihanna, but what about tales from the studio? Past beefs in Canada? And what's up with calling Toronto "The 6ix"?
As the Toronto spitter continues to be one of the biggest rappers on the planet, we dug deep into Drizzy's history to uncover some stories from his past, including getting robbed on a date and sleeping in a basement as a child. Read up to find out 25 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Drake.
Drake didn't let go of any specifics, but in typical Drizzy fashion, he told XXL the true motivation behind 'Take Care.'
In the same XXL article, Drake says Rick Ross wanted him to be on “the Stalley record” -- presumably 'MMG the World Is Ours,' the only record from ‘Forever Rich’ that featured the bearded Midwest rapper. Instead, Drake asked to hear more of Ricky's new music, and the Toronto rapper thought he'd sound better on 'Stay Schemin.'
The song was inspired by a line from a song Drake and 2 Chainz were originally working on, but the Toronto rapper stopped Tity Boi in the middle of recording when he heard him spit the line that would become the chorus.
Even at his very first meeting with the Cash Money superstar, Drake knew what he needed to be a formidable YMCMB player, too -- and it was 40.
Dennis Graham is the man, forever flexing on Instagram.
It's hard to believe that the founder of Rap-A-Lot's son was listening to Drake on Myspace, but entrepreneurship must run in the family.
Only Drake would do voice acting for 'Ice Age' ... And maybe Ice Cube.
Drake later publicly denied the lawsuit, but this is the basis for Hov's slick "No I'm not missing no royalty statements" jab on 'We Made It.' You can read the alleged legal documents right here.
His father was constantly in trouble with the law when Drake was young, and with his mother unable to work due to physical pain, they moved from one apartment to the other before they ended up renting a room in a basement. In other words, Drake didn't grow up rich.
Drake’s dad Dennis, a Memphis native, used to drive Drake South for the summer and play him classic soul and R&B on the radio. This explains Drake's connection to Houston and Atlanta.
Drake's obsession with Aaliyah is well-documented, even on his own body. Timbaland, who worked with Aaliyah during her career, was pissed when the MC was announced as the executive producer of the singer's reworked music.
Drizzy told Rolling Stone that 'N----s In Paris' was so good, it made him want to so a song with a hook that was just as catchy. Hence, 'Started From the Bottom.'
Most people know he was a child actor on the corny ‘Degrassi,’ but did you know he actually spit some bars for an episode that included Jimmy performing in a talent show?
It was ‘Replacement Girl' with Trey Songz back in 2007.
According to a Rolling Stone piece, he’s rolled with security ever since.
Drake told GQ Marvin Gaye's 'Here, My Dear' break-up album was a huge inspiration for 'Nothing Was the Same.' He even recorded for the album in Marvin's Room, Gaye's old studio.
40 didn't even charge him for their first recording session. The rest is history.
That's from a Fader interview with 40, who has become Drake's consigliere regarding all things musical. Everything has to pass through 40 first.
Now he has his eyes set on $250 million by 29.
He told The Fader, "I remember I had this vicious fight with my uncle on 40’s balcony. I had never said such cruel things to anybody; I had never had such cruel things said to me, especially by a family member."
He recorded it the day 'Thank Me Later' went off for mastering, and though he wanted it on the album, it was impossible at that point.
You can hear Drake discuss the beef right here, but it wasn't anything too serious for the up-and-coming rapper at the time.
Kardinal jumped on an early Drake song called 'City Is Mine' and Drizzy didn't really like that. Kardinal was dissing other Canadian rappers and kept Drake's verse at the end, so it sounded like it was sanctioned by the Young Money star, causing friction between him and others.
Hence why Drake has been recently referring to Toronto as “the 6” and why his next album is tentatively titled ‘Views From the 6.’
Listen to it right here. It features a random rapper named E Batt, who's supposedly from Arizona, not Canada -- he claims he didn't leak the record. Sounds like Drake is talking to Rihanna on this one.