Aubrey Drake Graham, known around the world as Drake, is a hip hop superstar. Since his breakout debut at age 21, he’s been challenging expectations about what a rapper and a celebrity should be. We’ll celebrate his life, artistry, and huge cultural impact on his October 24 birthday. After all, he gets credit for turning the phrase “YOLO” into a worldwide phenomenon.
Key Moments in Drake's Life
February 12, 2017
Drake won a Grammy (then another)
Drake scooped up Grammy awards in both the Rap Song and Rap/Sung Performance categories for his chart-topping single "Hotline Bling."
November 29. 2011
The First YOLO
Drake's song "The Motto," widely credited for introducing the acronym "YOLO," or "you only live once," was released.
February 14, 2006
Drake's First Mixtape
"Room For Improvement," a self-released mixtape, sold 6,000 copies.
Drake's Big TV Break
The Canadian teen drama "Degrassi: The Next Generation" featured Drake as Jimmy Brooks, a teen jock.
How to Celebrate Drake's Birthday
1. Spin some Drake tunes
His hit singles venture into funk, trap, dubstep, dancehall, and pop. Drake's crowd-pleasing repertoire has something to satisfy all tastes. Put on a Drake record and get lost in his soulful voice.
2. Binge-watch "Degrassi"
Before he was a rapper, Drake made a name for himself as an actor on the ahead-of-its-time teen soap "Degrassi: The Next Generation." This compulsively binge-able show is a great way to get a feel for Drake's roots and lose an afternoon in the process.
3. Hold a "Hotline Bling" dance-off
The music video for Drake's single "Hotline Bling" burned up YouTube, in part because of Drake's distinctive and highly meme-able dance moves. Put the song on and see which of your friends has the best "Hotline" dance.
4 Drake Memes You May Have Missed
1. Drake's Giant Head
The strangely-proportioned profile of Drake from the cover of his album "Nothing Was The Same" has been photoshopped with all manner of different hats, backgrounds, and other characters to humorous effect.
2. Depressed Drake
Drake's penchant for confessional lyrics filled with emotion and drama have led to the "Depressed Drake" joke, where Drake has an everyday interaction that ends with Drake admitting he's heartbroken over a woman. For example, Drake might be filling his car's gas tank and think "now only one of us is empty."
3. Drake's Unsatisfying Lollipop
An image of Drake looking disgusted at a mostly-finished lollipop he's holding has inspired internet meme-makers to make jokes about things that sound good until you experience them.
4. God's Plan
Drake's uplifting 2018 single "God's Plan" — and its accompanying video — has struck a chord with the internet's cynical jokesters. The "God's Plan" meme format involves a very unremarkable stroke of luck or good deed ("Would you like a receipt?" "No, let's save paper") accompanied by "God's Plan starts playing," and an image of Drake hugging somebody.