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Drake was a cross-platform cultural phenomenon in the 2010s. The songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether on his own chart-topping releases or through a long string of guest appearances on hits by the likes of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky. Each one of the former child actor's first four proper albums, as well as a 2015 mixtape, topped the album charts in his native Canada and in the U.S. Though he caroused with his most hedonistic contemporaries, Drake was frequently praised for his sensitive, introspective approach to rap and R&B. Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the Toronto, Ontario-born Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track "Replacement Girl," featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET's 106 & Park program as its "Joint of the Day." He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, "Best I Ever Had," a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money in June 2010. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Still, the artist felt his debut was rushed, so its follow-up arrived in November 2015 with the title Take Care, referencing the increased time and effort put into the album's creation. Receiving critical acclaim, Grammy Awards, and the number one slot on the U.S. Billboard 200, Take Care cemented Drake's place as one of Canada's biggest exports. In 2012, while on tour, Drake announced that he had started work on what would be his third studio album. Nothing Was the Same was released the following September. It spawned many singles, topped charts around the world, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and was nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. Soon after the album's release, he hit the road on an extended tour, took part in some collaborations, and released a few singles, including the Grammy-nominated "0 to 100/The Catch Up." His next release was planned as a free mixtape before Cash Money decided they would rather charge for it. The decidedly downbeat If You're Reading This It's Too Late was released in February 2015 and debuted at number one, while all 17 of its songs entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In late summer 2015, he dropped a trio of new tracks on his Soundcloud page. One of them, the Timmy Thomas-sampling "Hotline Bling," became a Top Five pop hit in Canada and the U.S. and something of a cultural phenomenon. Later that year, Drake hit the studio with Future for a six-day session that yielded the mixtape What a Time to Be Alive. Upon the album's September release, it became Drake's second recording of the year to debut at number one. After dropping three singles in the beginning months of 2016, Drake's fourth album, Views, was released in April and debuted at number one. It revolved lyrically around his hometown Toronto and featured production by longtime cohorts Noah "40" Shebib and Boi-1da, among others. ~ Andy Kellman
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Albums by
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    Pop Style

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    If You're Reading This It's Too Late

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    If You're Reading This It's Too Late

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    Nothing Was the Same

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    Nothing Was the Same

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    Nothing Was the Same [Deluxe Edition]

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    Nothing Was the Same [Deluxe Edition]

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    The Very Best Of

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    Thank Me Later

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    Views

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    Take Care [Edited Deluxe]

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    Take Care [Digital Deluxe Version]

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    Take Care [Edited Deluxe Version]

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    Take Care [Explicit Deluxe Version]

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    Charged Up

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Forever featuring Eminem
  3.   One Dance featuring Kyla
  4.   Hold On, We're Going Home
  5.   Hotline Bling
  6.   The Motto
  7.   Take Care
  8.   Started from the Bottom
  9.   Best I Ever Had
  10.   Headlines
  11.   0 To 100/The Catch Up
  12.   HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)
  13.   Energy
  14.   I'm Going In [feat. Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy] featuring Lil Wayne
  15.   Make Me Proud
  16.   Controlla
  17.   Find Your Love
  18.   Too Good by Rihanna
  19.   Back to Back
  20.   All Me
  21.   Over
  22.   Summer Sixteen
  23.   Successful by Trey Songz
  24.   Fancy featuring Swizz Beatz
  25.   Digital Girl featuring Jamie Foxx
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