Born Aubrey Drake Graham he is a former Degrassi TV actor who became 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 with the money he made from acting in Canada. In late 2016, he began a relationship with 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.