Buy: Happy holidrake ugly Christmas t-shirt. Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), known for his stage name Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised. in Toronto, Ontario.  He started getting publicity with his role as Jimmy Brooks in the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Then, Drake became famous as a rapper, releasing several independent mixtapps before signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label in June 2009.  His first EP, So Far Gone (2009), included the single “Best I Ever Had,” reached the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100.