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Interview Magazine Writes Article On Aubrey Drake Graham

Being anointed the biggest Jewish-Canadian rapper in the world might sound like faint praise, but Drake isn’t exactly playing the Yukon bar mitzvah circuit. By early July, the Toronto-based artist found himself with two songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart—his own, “Best I Ever Had,” and YoungMoney’s “Every Girl,” on which he performs. So what did Drake do to celebrate? “I didn’t even know that happened,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t really take much time to relish the accolades.” After landing a role on the Canadian tv series Degrassi: The Next Generation at the age of 14, Aubrey Drake Graham quickly set his sights on a career in hip-hop. Music had always been a part of his f-amily life: His uncle Larry Graham played bass with Sly Stone and Prince, and his father, Dennis Graham, was a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake’s parents divorced when he was five, and he was raised by his mom in the swanky -Forest Hill section of Toronto. After hearing one of Drake’s homemade mix tapes, Lil Wayne invited him down to Houston, and they made their first demo together. Since then, the 23-year-old Drake has collaborated with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Jamie Foxx—all before releasing his first album. That debut, called Thank Me Later (Young Money Entertainment), is among the most hotly anticipated of 2010. “I’m not overwhelmed by what everyone else wants this first album to be—I’m overwhelmed by what I know I need it to be,” says Drake. “I just gotta keep going ’cause it’s so easy to lose your grasp on the game if you’re ever even blessed enough to get ahold of it. So I’m just kind of trying to keep things at the pace they’re moving at now.”

Photo above: Drake in New York, September 2009. Jacket: Nom De Guerre. Shirt: Paul Smith Jeans Red Ear. Tie: Paul Smith. Grooming Products: Kiehl’s Since 1851, including Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturizer. Fragrance: Paul Smith MAN. Styling: Andreas Kokkino. Grooming: Marcos Smith/Art Department. Special Thanks: Fast Ashleys.

Drake Ranks On MTV’s “Men Of Year Coutdown” 09′

Drake’s rise to superstardom was one of the biggest stories of 2009. From his humble beginnings as Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” Drizzy (born Aubrey Graham) took the hip-hop world by storm, thanks to the success of his So Far Gone mixtape and subsequent partnership with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. Drake collaborated with the biggest names in the game, was co-signed by everyone from Bun B to Kanye, and didn’t let a little thing like tearing the ligaments in his knee stop his climb. Grammy nominated, often-imitated, Drake came out of nowhere to lay the blueprint for success in ‘09. Now he knows G4 pilots on a first-name basis.

2009 Highlights: In February, he made his So Far Gone mixtape available for free on his MySpace page, and it all went nuts from there. Drake jumped on Lil Wayne’s I Am Music Tour soon after, and was quickly named a “Fire Starter” by MTV News’ Hip-Hop Brain Trust. Then, riding a wave of hype, he headlined a Hot 97 “Who’s Next Live” show at New York club SOB’s, wowing a crowd that included the likes of Eminem, Kanye West and Talib Kweli.

With fame came certified sex-symbol status, which meant whispers that he and Rihanna were an item (which he denied), and he tried to downplay it all by proclaiming himself not to be a ladies man, but rather, “An honest man.” Of course, it was kind of difficult to hear him over the throngs of squealing ladies who followed his every move. Continue reading

Degrassi Co-Stars Support Aubrey Graham

Drake has gone from starring on the Canadian teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” under the name Aubrey Graham, to being nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Video Music Awards. And his former “Degrassi” co-stars Lauren Collins and Adamo Ruggiero couldn’t be more excited to have one of their own up for a Moonman.

“You’d better win!” Collins joked to MTV News when the duo stopped by to promote their TV movie “Degrassi Goes Hollywood,” which airs Friday on the N. “I hope he wins. I think he might.”

Meanwhile, Ruggiero has it all planned out about what will happen if Drake wins. “Bring the awards home, and we’ll, like, polish them together,” he laughed. “We’re gonna be so honored to see him there.”

Aside from all things Drake, the pair are also stoked to see what Lady Gaga will come up with when she takes the VMA stage September 13. “No one knows what she’s going to wear,” Ruggiero said. “I think she’ll sing ‘Paparazzi.’ I’m pretty sure she’ll sing that. I think she’s awesome and super cool and breaks the mold. She’s gonna take it over.”

Collins agreed, saying, “I don’t think we can even fathom what she’s going to do.” Plus, Collins thinks Gaga’s biggest VMA competition, Beyonce, probably has enough Moonmen at this point. “I kind of think it’s Gaga’s year. And I’m sure Beyonce has 400 VMAs in her fantastic home.”

Updates: Drake Cartoon Video, Drake Radio, and New Show!

There’s a couple updates that are going on here over at DrizzyDrake.org. I have been working day and night fixing minor subtle glitches on the website, so everybody can view it the way it should be viewed. If your using Firefox your fine, but no need to worry everything is good.

Drake Starring In “Us & Them”

You heard right, Aubrey Drake Graham is starring in a new Canadian Sitcom. TORONTO — Tonya Lee Williams (“The Young and the Restless”) and Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”) are making a run for “The Border,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and ION Television action drama. Continue reading