Alongside his Grammy Award wins, Drake has won three Juno Awards and six American Music Awards, as well as a record thirteen Billboard Music Awards, while also being one of the best-selling rappers of the 21st century, with 86 million estimated global sales.
Drake has developed other ventures, including his OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator Noah "40" Shebib.
His father, Dennis Graham, is an African American and a practising Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee, and worked as a drummer, performing alongside country musician Jerry Lee Lewis.
Bass guitarist Larry Graham and the late songwriter Teenie Hodges are his paternal uncles.
Despite the collaborations between the duo, Drake was yet to be signed by Young Money Entertainment.
In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape, So Far Gone.
He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
This caused Jas Prince to gift Lil Wayne the song, which prompted the rapper to invite Drake to Houston in order to join his Tha Carter III tour.When asked about the move to Forest Hill, Drake replied, "[We had] a half of a house we could live in.The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half.Drake acts as a producer, producing under the pseudonym Champagne Papi.
Using the "OVO" moniker, Drake has his own clothing line and his own program on Beats 1 Radio.
Released from his recently founded October's Very Own label, it spawned the single "Replacement Girl", featuring Trey Songz.