Fact: Hip-hop star Drake showed his generosity to rap newcomer 21 Savage by gifting him a brand new Ferrari for his 24th birthday. The birthday boy showed off his bright red sports car in a post on Instagram on Sunday (30Oct16), and captioned it, "bday gift from @champagnepapi", referring to the Canadian's social media handle.
Fact: Canadian hip hop superstar Drake is to embark on a European tour next year. The Hotline Bling musician's The Boy Meets World trek will open at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome on 21 January (17), and takes in dates across Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France as well as an incredible 13 performances in the U.K. The tour ends at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on 16 March (17). Tickets go on sale on Friday (14Oct16).
Fact: Drake's record Views has become the first album to achieve over one billion streams on the Apple Music service. He was presented with a plaque recognising the milestone by Apple CEO Tim Cook and executives Eddy Cue and Larry Jackson in San Jose, California on Saturday (24Sep16). The album was released in April (16).
Fact: Drake missed the opportunity to accept his Best Hip-Hop Video for Hotline Bling at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (28Aug16) after becoming "stuck in traffic" en route to the New York prizegiving, according to presenter Sean 'Diddy' Combs. The Canadian rapper had been running late, but eventually arrived at Madison Square Garden and was able to present his rumoured girlfriend Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the show's finale.
Fact: Rapper Drake showed off his basketball skills at the Atlanta Hawks practice facility in Georgia on Wednesday (24Aug16), when he successfully hit a half-court shot while lying on the ground. The hip-hop star, an ambassador for his hometown Toronto Raptors, shared video footage of his impressive feat on Instagram.com.
Fact: Rockers Imagine Dragons have teamed up with singer Grimes and Drake's producer Noah '40' Shebib to curate the music for the NBA 2K17 video game. Jay Z previously took on the task for NBA 2K13, while fellow rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs has just been recruited to take charge of the songs for WWE 2K17, the wrestling equivalent of the gaming franchise.
Fact: Drake's dad Dennis Graham is set to release his first single from R&B album Kinda Crazy this month (Aug16). A clip from his music video, in which he sings near a throne on a mist-covered floor, was obtained by TMZ.com. The single will mark Graham's comeback following success in the 1960s as a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis.
Fact: Drake wrapped up his four-night stint at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden on Monday (08Aug16) by surprising fans with guest appearances by fellow rappers J. Cole, T.I., Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Cam'ron and Juelz Santana. The Hotline Bling star has previously treated concert-goers to special performances from Rihanna and Kanye West on his ongoing joint Summer Sixteen tour with Future.
Fact: Drake, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Usher and U2 were announced as part of the line-up at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday (25Jul16). The event will take place in the city's T-Mobile Arena, on 23 and 24 September (16) and will also feature performances from Pitbull and British rockers Tears For Fears.
Fact: Gucci Mane celebrated the release of his new album on Friday (22Jul16) by gathering fellow rappers Drake, Future and 2 Chainz to perform at his show in Atlanta, Georgia. The hip-hop star dropped Everybody Looking, his first album following his prison release in May (16), and marked the occasion by hitting the stage with his famous guests, which also included Fetty Wap.
Fact: Rappers Drake and Future gave floyd mayweather, Jr.'s daughter a performance to remember as they took the stage at her Sweet Sixteen birthday bash. The boxing champ hired out the Mirage Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas to celebrate Iyanna's age milestone over the weekend (21May16) and topped it off with sets from the two hip-hop stars, who are gearing up for a joint tour this summer (16). The birthday girl also received the keys to a Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV from her wealthy father.
Fact: Drake has toppled fellow Canadian Justin Bieber as the most popular act on Spotify’s streaming charts. According to Kworb, a website that specialises in tracking music data, the Toronto rapper has been streamed over 10 million more times than his fellow countryman. Brit Ed Sheeran is third, and another Canadian, The Weeknd, is fourth.
Fact: Rapper Drake showed off his comedy skills as host and musical guest on U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live on Saturday (14May16). The One Dance hitmaker portrayed a sleazy 1970s soul star, an unhelpful rental car assistant, a co-host of U.S. competition show American Ninja Warrior and a tough high school prom chaperone with fond memories of meeting terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Drake also imitated his rumoured girlfriend Rihanna during his monologue at the start of the show.
Fact: Rapper Drake and his OVO crew surprised thousands of fans with a secret gig at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, on Saturday (19Mar16). "I got nothing else to do but be here with you all in Austin," the Canadian star yelled to the crowd at the festival's Fader Fort venue, before launching into a hits-filled set.
Quote: "I'd do anything with Adele. I'd literally go to Adele’s house right now and do laundry for her." Drake officially responds to Adele after she requested a collaboration on a remix of his Hotline Bling hit in a recent interview.
Fact: Rapper Drake has landed his own signature lipstick. Designer Tom Ford will honour the hitmaker as part of his Lips & Boys collection. The new burgundy lipstick will be available from 30 October (15) as part of Ford's 50-colour collection. Each shade is inspired by "notable men" in the designer's life.
Quote: "I was in the car with a bunch of my friends singing all the songs, that I later found out he was the voice of. I had no idea, I was just going along and my co-star Michael Trevino was like, 'Isn't this that wheelchair guy from the show you were on...? He's like, 'It's Drake', and I'm like, 'Who's Drake?'" Actress Nina Dobrev was unaware her former Degrassi: The Next Generation co-star Drake was a rapper because she only knew him by his first name, Aubrey.
Fact: Serena Williams' rumoured boyfriend Drake was among the U.S. Open crowdmembers who were left stunned on Friday (11Sep15) when the women's world number one crashed out of the New York tennis championships in a devastating loss to unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci. The American fell to defeat in a three-set thriller, ending the sports star's bid to make history with the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf achieved the feat in 1988.
Fact: Bosses of a new radio station in North Carolina are vowing to play nothing but rapper Drake's music. Drake 92.7 will be available in Charlotte, and is a rebranding of a previous gospel radio station.
Fact: Drake has tied James Brown for the fourth-most entries in America's Billboard Hot 100 countdown. The rapper's four debuts on this week's (beg10Aug15) chart takes his tally to 91 - equalling soul legend Brown's hits legacy. Only Elvis Presley, Lil Wayne and the Glee cast have more hits. The Glee cast leads the way with 201 Hot 100 entries.
Fact: Canadian rapper Drake had the honour of unveiling the new uniforms for his beloved basketball team the Toronto Raptors at his OVO Fest concert in his hometown on Monday night (03Aug15). The hip-hop star, who serves as the team's global ambassador, modelled a black and gold road version of the uniform during the finale of his headlining set at the annual two-day festival, showing off the new stylised basketball logo, which features a dinosaur claw on one side and is designed to spell out 'TO', in reference to their home city.
Fact: This spring's (Apr15) Coachella shattered its own record as the world’s highest-grossing festival. The two-weekend event, which featured performances from AC DC, Jack White and Drake, grossed a massive $84.2 million (£56.1 million) from a total of 198,000 tickets sold. Last year (14), Coachella grossed $78.3 million (£52.2 million), with attendance topping 193,000 for the two weekends, according to Boxscore.
Fact: Rapper Drake has morphed into Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West for his creative new Energy video. The hip-hop star takes on the various personalities in scenes from the Baby hitmaker's Calvin Klein underwear ads, Cyrus' Wrecking Ball promo and West's Bound 2 release, while he also tackles the likes of Oprah Winfrey and U.S. President Barack Obama in other parts of the music video.
Fact: Elton John, Drake, Van Halen and Sam Smith will headline the 2015 Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia's Piedmont Park in September (15). The line-up also features sets by Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Billy Idol, Panic! At The Disco, Run The Jewels and Icona Pop
Fact: Hip-hop stars Drake and Pharrell Williams are set to serve as celebrity guest DJs for Apple's revamped iTunes Radio service. Dance producer David Guetta is also rumoured to be involved in the project, although further details about exactly what the new roles entail have yet to be announced. Bosses at the tech giant are expected to reveal all during the company's 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference next week (08-12Jun15).
Fact: Nicki Minaj made two special appearances at the Coachella Music Festival in California on Sunday (19Apr15). She briefly danced onstage as DJ David Guetta played their new collaboration HEY MAMA and later turned up during Drake's set to give him a hug.
Tweet: "Don't misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 (per cent) about that forever. Thank you @madonna." Rapper Drake thanks MADONNA for her surprise kiss during his set at Coachella music festival in California on Sunday (12Apr15). Video footage shows Drake appearing visibly shocked by Madonna's smooch.
Fact: Drake's surprise new album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, has landed the rapper in the record books again with the most-streamed debut week in the history of music sharing website Spotify. The Canadian star's new release was streamed more than 17.3 million times in three days. Drake's 2013 album, Nothing Was the Same, previously had the record for most streams in a debut week with 15.8 million. The new album also set a record for most streams in a single day for an album in the U.S. with 6.8 million streams on Saturday (14Feb15).
Fact: Rapper Drake has surprised fans by releasing his fourth album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, without prior warning. The hip-hop star posted a link to music-buying site iTunes late on Thursday (12Feb15).
Fact: Rapper Drake has returned to his acting roots by starring in a new short film which he posted on his website. The 15-minute clip features an array of the star's home videos, an eerie dream sequence and a snippet of a new track. The video is called Jungle and was directed by Karim Huu Do.
Fact: Mary J. Blige, ASAP Rocky and Major Lazer are among the latest stars to be added to the line-up for Britain's Wireless Festival. Other acts confirmed to perform include Drake, Nicki Minaj and DAVID GUETTA The artists will take to the stage at the event in London's Finsbury Park on 3-5 March (15).
Fact: Drake's father, Dennis Graham, has picked Ze Monroe as his new collaborator after calling for a "classy female rapper" to join him on his career relaunch. Graham, who previously enjoyed success as a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis back in the 1960s, is recording a comeback song and he reached out for recruits on Instagram.com.
Fact: Rapper Nicki Minaj recruited her longtime friend and Ymcmb label mate Drake as the subject of her flirtatious new music video for her single, Anaconda. The Superbass hitmaker released teaser photos on Monday (18Aug14), which feature Drake sitting in a chair while Minaj playfully gives him a lap dance.
Quote: "No beef with Drake - we're vegetarians now. It's all good. He's a talented dude. I really respect him." Rapper Common has put his well-publicised feud with Drake in the past. He's not the only one ending spats with the Canadian - Chris Brown teamed up with him for a skit at the Espys sports awards in Los Angeles on Wednedsay (16Jul14).
Fact: Once-feuding stars Drake and Chris Brown have teamed up with basketball hero Blake Griffin to film a skit for Wednesday night's (16Jul14) ESPY Awards. The rapper and the R&B star's entourages famously fought at a New York nightclub in 2012, before patching up their differences by hitting the studio together last October (13). Now they have proved their rivalry is over by filming the sketch, which will debut during the televised U.S. sports awards.
Fact: Chris Brown and Drake have sparked rumours they are working together on new music after a photograph of the two entertainers in a music studio surfaced online on Thursday (10Jul14). Brown and Drake first announced they were teaming up with each other in October (13), following an ending to their longstanding feud after an incident in a New York nightclub in 2012, when their entourages became embroiled in a violent altercation.
Fact: Arcade Fire and Drake are on the long list of nominees for Canada's Polaris Music Prize. The shortlist of 10 albums will be announced on 15 July (15) and the winner will be unveiled on 22 September (14).
Fact: Rap superstars Drake and Lil Wayne are to hit the road together this summer (14). The two pals will take the co-headlining Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour to 31 cities in North America, beginning with a show in New York on 8 August (14).
Fact: Rapper Drake donned a wig, fake beard and glasses to approach unsuspecting people on the streets of Los Angeles and ask them for their opinions of him on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (10Apr14). Towards the end of the segment, titled I Witness News, the Started From The Bottom hitmaker revealed his identity to a fan by removing his disguise, much to his shock.
Fact: Drake has recruited reformed duo Outkast to headline his fifth OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada in August (14). The Ms. Jackson hitmakers are planning to mark their comeback by performing at 40 festivals in 2014.
Fact: Rapper Drake was given the honour of introducing the starting line-up for his hometown basketball team the Toronto Raptors on Saturday (11Jan14). The event was also dubbed Drake Night after the Mc, who serves as a Global Ambassador for the Canadian team.
Fact: Kanye West was joined by Drake on the last leg of his The Yeezus Tour in Toronto, Canada, on Monday (23Dec13). The pair performed its 2009 collaboration Forever together for the first time, before a rendition of All Me, a track taken from Drake's album Nothing Was The Same.
Fact: Drake's latest album, Nothing Was The Same, has surpassed the 1 million mark in sales in the U.S. in just six weeks, making it the fastest selling record to achieve the milestone this year (13). Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail previously held the honour at 12 weeks.
Fact: Drake, Robin Thicke and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline the upcoming Grammy Nominations Concert in December (13). LL Cool J will host the televised event from Los Angeles, during which the nominees who will be vying for the top prizes at the Grammy Awards in 2014 will be announced. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on 26 January (13).
Quote: "I used to have this car that would allow you to play Dvds illegally, like, through the front dash... so I would have Anchorman on loop in my car; no music, just, like, Anchorman... People would get into my car and you'd be mid-Sex Panther scene." Rapper Drake, who has a cameo in the Anchorman sequel, admits he's obsessed by the original and actually asked Will Ferrell if he could be a part of the follow-up.
Quote: "I always had a huge crush on Kat Dennings and she was kind enough one night to oblige me and we went out for dinner." Drake enjoyed a date with the actress.
Quote: "I wanna actually pick up the piano again and hopefully take the career in a Marvin Gaye direction one day; he's one of my idols." Hip-hop star Drake has ambitions to become a soul icon.
Quote: "I went on a date with her one time. We went to Disneyland in disguise. I don't know if it was a date. It was a get-together." Drake on his day out with model-turned-Tv personality Tyra Banks.
Fact: Rapper Drake helped U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon beat actress Scarlett Johansson and hip-hop star Black Thought in a game of charades during Friday's (13Sep13) episode of LATE NIGHT WITH Jimmy Fallon. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker successfully guessed the tiebreaker - Frank Sinatra song Fly Me To The Moon - after the Tv presenter went head-to-head with Johansson to act out the phrase.
Fact: Rapper Kendrick Lamar has risked the wrath of his hip-hop peers by taking aim at the likes of Drake, Wale and J. Cole in his new verse on Big Sean's track Control. Even his song collaborator isn't immune to the lyrical jabs as Lamar spits: "I'm usually homeboys with the same n**gas I'm rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them n**gas should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, MAC Miller/ I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n**gas/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n**gas/ They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n**gas."
Quote: "The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning... I told him from day one what my decision was going to be. I wasn't going that route. I was going to go my own route. And he supported me." R&B star The Weeknd insists there is no rift with his frequent collaborator Drake after turning down an offer to sign to the rapper's OVO Sound label in favour of establishing his own imprint, Xo, with Universal Republic Records.
Quote: "The three biggest misconceptions about me are that I'm a cocky a**hole because I'm a famous male rapper, that any part of me wants to be gangster or hood, and that I grew up rich." Hip-hop star Drake insists he's nothing like his tabloid reputation.
Tweet: "I'm sorry about the tweets I said about @Drake I didn't mean what I said. I hope to become friends with him instead of smashing him!" Embattled actress Amanda Bynes reaches out to Drake to smooth over relations after calling him "ugly" in a Twitter rant, weeks after posting a vulgar sex comment about the rapper.
Fact: Rapper Drake has stepped back in time to shoot a guest appearance for new comedy, Anchorman: The Legend Continues. The hip-hop star was spotted wearing an afro wig and a brown leather jacket for his scenes, which were filmed in New York's Times Square on Saturday (18May13), alongside the movie's stars Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate. Kanye West also makes a cameo in the film.
Fact: Rapper Drake has expanded his summer festival to two days after tasting major success with the Toronto, Canada event for the past three years. James Blake and Frank Ocean will headline the fourth annual OVO Fest in August (13), alongside Drake and several special guests. The rapper's hometown event will take place at the Molson Amphitheatre.
Fact: Drake showed his support for Lil Wayne by visiting his rap mentor in the intensive care unit at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday (15Mar13). The Lollipop hitmaker is recovering in hospital after suffering a seizure.
Fact: Hip-hop star Drake showered dancers at a North Carolina strip club with $50,000 (£31,250) in singles recently after walking into Cameo Nightclub with a box filled with stacks of cash. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker wasn't the only customer sharing the wealth - fellow rapper Bleu Davinci also blew $25,000 (£15,625) at the venue, according to Tmz.com.
Fact: Rihanna hopped on London's Underground network on Tuesday night (27Mar12) to travel to a Drake show. The Umbrella hitmaker took the Tube to North Greenwich, the stop for the O2 Arena venue where her pal was playing. Rihanna is becoming a regular on the network - she took the Underground to rehearsals for the Brit Awards last month (Feb12) and used it last October (11) during her U.K. tour.
Tweet: "Natasha MCElhone (sic) I know you don't have twitter cause you are a mature British goddess...but I love you." Rapper Drake expresses his love for British Californication actress Natascha McElhone.
Quote: "I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses. Any time I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions." Rapper Drake is keen to portray President Barack Obama on the big screen.
Quote: "I'd marry Nicki. I think Nicki would be one of the only people that would understand me at the end of all this and be able to love me." Rapper Drake can see himself settling down with fellow hip-hop star Nicki Minaj.
Quote: "At the time it hurt, but she didn't mean to. I'll never put that on her. I was hurt because I started to slowly realise what it was. I guess I thought it was more." Rapper Drake insists he holds nothing against sexy singer Rihanna for appearing to lead him on in the early days of their friendship.
Quote: "In no way am I not proud of it, but I think I got caught up in making it seem big and first-album-ish. I was a bit numb, a bit disconnected from myself. I wasn't able to slow down and realize what was going on around me." Rapper Drake isn't completely satisfied with his debut album Thank Me Later.
Fact: Drake stepped in for Kanye West at a bar mitzvah in New York over the weekend (07-08May11) when price became an issue for a big shot executive. The New York Post reports former NBC Universal Ceo Jeff Zucker asked West to perform at his son's coming-of-age party - but the rapper's $1 million (£625,000) fee was a tad too high, and the executive turned to Drake instead.
Fact: Rapper Drake has a huge portrait of his secret crush, Lenny Kravitz's actress daughter Zoe, hanging in his home.
Tweet: "Hilary (sic) from Lady Ant looks so right up there!!! I'm very aroused." Rapper Drake has fallen for country singer Hillary Scott after seeing her at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Quote: "I have a playlist obviously. It's called 'Buff the Stuff'. It's got, like, Sade, Aaliyah, old Outkast." Rapper Drake has a smooth soundtrack for sex.
Fact: Hollywood actors James Franco and Jeff Bridges, comedian Stephen Colbert and rapper Drake have all been named as Men of the Year by GQ magazine. Each star graces their own cover of the publication's December (10) issue, while Scarlett Johansson features on a fifth to mark her Babe of the Year status.
Fact: "I've always wanted to work with him, and it's in the works right now. Me and Justin Timberlake will probably have a song soon. I'm really excited about that, cause I've wanted to work with Justin for a long time." Hip-hop star Drake on a planned major collaboration with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.
Fact: A homecoming party for rapper Lil Wayne in Miami, Florida on Sunday (07Nov10) is set to be an extravagant affair - the event is being organised by celebrity party planner Colin Cowie, who has arranged a lavish burgundy and purple colour-scheme and food including kobe beef burgers and truffled macaroni and cheese. Guests will include Drake and Jay Sean. Lil Wayne is expected to be released from jail this week (ends07Nov10).
Fact: JAY-Z helped rap newcomer Drake light up New York's Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday night (29Sep10) when he made a surprise appearance to perform their popular song LIGHT UP. The Empire State of Mind hitmaker wasn't the only big name to join in the fun - Fabolous, Bryan 'Baby' Williams, Trey Songz and Swizz Beatz were also among the all-star line-up as Lil Wayne's protege played the second of two sold out shows at the prestigious venue. The concert was filmed for a special FUSE TV broadcast due to air in the U.S. in November (10).
Quote: "I don't understand the power of social networking, clearly... It was like a lesson learned, that I clearly can't joke with friends on Twitter." Rapper Drake regrets joking about dating Nicki Minaj.
Quote: "I have no tattoos, but all my Twitters are things I'd tattoo on me if I was a tattoo type." Hip-hop star Drake on the motivational lines he tweets to fans.
Quote: "I love older women... I love experience and maturity and the conversation. I like to learn from an individual, like, when we converse, I like to really be able to soak it all in, the knowledge, the wisdom, all that." Rapper Drake, 23, is looking to romance an older woman.
Quote: "Drake is just my little brother, and I kid with him all the time. We were just being crazy. I think we were a little bit bored. There's really never a dull moment. I wouldn't say we were bored; I would say we were being mischievous." Rapper Nicki Minaj laughs off her fake Twitter marriage to hip-hop pal DRAKE. The stars sparked reports they had tied the knot last month (Aug10) after the Best I Ever Had hitmaker asked followers to refer to Minaj as "Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham".
Tweet: "Listening to 'Fancy'... This is a big statement but Swizz Beats (sic) may be the best rap producer of all time... f**k that... he is." Rap superstar Kanye West hails producer Swizz Beatz after listening to the popular Drake track.
Quote: "I don't have any tattoos. I don't need it though. It's tatted on my heart." Rapper Drake has no plans to follow-up his inked-up boss Lil Wayne's love of skin art and get a tattoo showing his dedication to his hip-hop crew Young Money.
Quote: "This kid (Drake) is a phenomenon. He's like a young pharaoh with a great talent. I call him the male version of Lauryn Hill." Wu-Tang Clan star Raekwon tips rap newcomer DRAKE for big success.
Quote: "That was my homage to him and the impact that he had on the world that I live in... Especially, unfortunately what happened to him, just to honour him was great." Rapper Drake explains his decision to reference Michael Jackson in the lyrics for his song OVER.
Fact: Rapper Drake is keeping late R&B star Aaliyah's music alive - he samples the singer's 1994 rendition of AT YOUR BEST (YOU ARE LOVE) on the track UNFORGETTABLE from his new album THANK ME LATER. Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in 2001.
Quote: "I don't take my shirt off, I don't pride myself on the physical conditioning aspect of it. But I get on stage and I start singing the words to a song, and they do throw bras and panties. They do cry and faint, and I truly believe it has a lot do with my music." Rapper Drake is convinced his legions of screaming female fans are seduced by his lyricism more than his looks.
Fact: The release of rapper Drake's debut album THANK ME LATER has been pushed back. The record was due to hit shores on 25 May (10) but fans will now have to wait until 15 June (10).