10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drake
Some great Canadian artists have entered the music scene lately, and right now Drake is one of the most coveted. The 27-year-old rapper’s full name is actually Aubrey Drake Graham and he’s most definitely a trailblazer. He’s forged his own way with a unique voice in the hip-hop and rap genre. This Torontonian has some undeniable creative talent with big artists like Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Rihanna seeking out his collaboration on their hit songs. He’s a Grammy award winner with multiple nominations and platinum-selling albums. Drake manages to keep a low-key profile in the spotlight, but we did some digging — here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Drake:
10. He’s Jewish
Growing up in Toronto, Drake attended a Jewish Day School. His father was an African-American Memphis musician and his mother was a Caucasian Canadian Jewish woman. He’s the biggest Jewish rapper since the Beastie Boys. Drake told Rolling Stones magazine, “[I’m] proud to be Jewish — not on some Orthodox sh-t, but I celebrate holidays with my family.”
9. He has Famous Bloodlines
Drake’s father, Dennis Graham was a successful drummer who performed and recorded with artist like legendary blues musician, Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake spent his summers with his father in Memphis gaining an interest and appreciation for music at an early age. The two had a falling out when he was growing up, but he’s said that his experiences with his father have influenced the music that he makes today. Also, his uncle was Larry Graham was the bassist for the Family Stone, Sly and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges. Larry even co-wrote the song “Love and Happiness” with Al Green. And it doesn’t stop there! His grandmother reportedly used to babysit for Aretha Franklin.