Born Aubrey Drake Graham, he first gained fame for his role as basketball player Jimmy Brooks on the TV series Degrassi, then went on to become a rap phenomenon after his album Thank Me Later went platinum in 2010. His second album Take Care won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was certified quadruple platinum.
He traveled between Memphis and Toronto quite often as a child, due to his parents' divorce.
His album Take Care popularized the phrase "YOLO," and the accompanying tour grossed over $42 million in 2012. He provided the voice for the character Ethan in the 2012 film Ice Age: Continental Drift.
He is half Jewish. He supported his mother Sandi Graham with the money he made from acting in Canada. In 2016 and 2017, he dated pop star Jennifer Lopez. He had an on-again, off-again relationship with Rihanna, whom he first began dating in 2009. He also previously dated tennis icon Serena Williams.