Initial interest was created by his mix tapes put out on the Internet along with his first single 'Replacement Girl' in 2007, which prompted Lil Wayne to invite him on tour after hearing him freestyle. It led to another successful mix tape called 'So Far Gone', as well as collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z, Eminem and Kanye West; Drake also wrote material for Alicia Keys and Dr Dre. He finally charted in his own right with 'Best I Ever Had' and 'Every Girl' which both featured in the top ten in the same week in 2009. His 2010 debut album 'Thank Me Later', which featured contributions from Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and Kanye West, went straight to number one in the US Album Charts, featuring the hit single 'Find Your Love'. Drake also has a parallel career as an actor, playing basketball star Jimmy Brooks in long-running TV show 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'.
In 2011 he worked on the release of his second album 'Take Care' with producer 9th Wonder and at the Grammy Awards he made a big impact performing 'What's My Name' with Rihanna. In 2015 he released 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late', another mix tape that went straight onto iTunes with no prior announcement. It sold more than one million copies and made Drake a platinum-selling artist. His fourth studio album 'Views' was released the following year with the lead single 'Summer Sixteen' entering the Billboard 100 at number six.
At the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards Drake received ten nominations, more than any other artist. He walked away with two awards before announcing a tour called Boy Meets World. After extracts of several songs from his fifth album were leaked, he released two of them on an EP titled 'Scary Hours' in 2018. The album, 'Scorpion', was officially released in June 2018 as a double album and broke records on Spotify with more than 132 million plays in one day.
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