Early life, family, educational background
Rapper Drake’s mother, Sandra ‘Sandi’ Graham (née Sher) was born on 28 January 1960 in Canada, where she grew-up, and moved to the US later in her life. She holds Canadian nationality and comes from Jewish-Canadian descent; she identifies as an Ashkenazi Jewish-Canadian. Her parents, Reuben and Evelyn Sher, owned a company when she was a young girl. Her mother passed away in 2012, only a year after her brother had passed.
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Sandi was a florist, but an English teacher for most of her working life.
In 1985 at a Jerry Lee Lewis concert at Club Bluenote, his drummer, Dennis Graham met Sandi Graham, asked her for a cigarette…and the pair married. Sandi gave birth to Drake shortly after. Unfortunately, Sandi and Dennis did not have a happy marriage and found raising a family together to be too challenging, so in 1991, they divorced, when Drake was five-years-old. Sandi continued to live in Canada with Drake, and Dennis moved to Memphis, US. She received full-custody for Drake but experienced many financial hardships. Due to such difficulties, Sandi and Drake moved to Forest Hill, where she could only work low-wage jobs.
Although Sandi struggled financially, she made sure that Drake never fell short of anything he needed. She did her best to provide him with the best in regards to his music and education. She raised Drake with traditional Jewish customs, meaning that he had his Bar Mitzvah when he was 13 years old. The mother-son duo is very close. He has voiced that he views his mother as his hero and best friend, and has even dedicated awards and songs to her.
She is a white woman of Jewish ethnicity, with brown eyes and natural black hair, but she often colors her hair blonde. Her height is 4ft 8ins (1.42m).
Net worth and salary
Drake shares his $140 million net worth with his mother.
Who is Drake?
Aubrey Drake Graham was born on 24 October 1986 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He is a famous rapper, songwriter, actor, singer, producer and businessman. His father is of African-American ancestry, and his mother is of Jewish ethnicity.
He first showed a love for the arts when attending Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, and dabbled in some acting. Later, he went to Vaughan Road Academy in Oakwood-Vaughan, a city notorious for being multi-cultural. According to Drake, the school was ‘not by any means, the easiest school to go to,’ when taking the neighborhood’s economic status into account.
At school, Drake was bullied for his race and religious beliefs. He decided that school was taking too much time away from pursuing his acting career, so he dropped out. He eventually matriculated from high school in October 2012, as he regretted not completing his high school education.
He became famous as an actor from his role as Jimmy Brooks in the drama television series, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” – Jimmy was a wheelchair-bound character, pursuing a music career. In 2002, he part-gained a Young Artist Award for best ensemble in a television series. He eventually left the show in 2007, after he released his debut mixtape “Room for Improvement.”
In June 2009, Lil Wayne signed him to his label, Young Money Entertainment, after Drake released “So Far Gone” and “Comeback Season.” In 2010, he released his debut album entitled “Thank Me Later,” then in 2011“Take Care,” for which he won his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. In 2013, he released “Nothing was the Same,” which was also commercially and critically successful.
“Views,” was released in 2016 as his fourth studio album, and broke several chart records, including being the first album by a male solo artist to top the Billboard 200 for 13 consecutive weeks in over a decade. The album’s lead single, “Hotline Bling,” received Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance, and peaked at number two on the Hot 100.
“One Dance” was the second single off the album, and it became Drake’s first number-one single as a lead artist, and topped the music charts in various countries. In 2016, he led both the Billboard 200 and Billboard 100 charts for the same eight weeks.
His double album, “Scorpion,” was released in 2018, and broke multiple streaming records. The album houses his Grammy Award-winning number-one single, “God’s Plan,” as well as other number-one hits “In My Feelings”, and “Nice for What.” Drake is listed as one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having reputedly sold over 170 million albums, and has been ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the world’s highest-certified digital singles artist.
Under the Billboard charts, he holds a number of records. Such records include the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most charted songs among solo artists of all time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 (205), the most debuts on the Hot 100 in a week (22) and the most times featured on the Hot 100 (431 weeks). He has the most number-one singles on the Rhythmic Charts, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Hot Rap Songs. In total, Drake has won six American Music Awards, three Juno Awards, twenty-seven Billboard Music Awards and four Grammy Awards.
Along with his longterm colleague, Noah “40” Shebib, he founded his record label in 2012, OVO (October’s Very Own) Sound.
On 11 October 2017, French artist, Sophie Brussaux gave birth to Drake’s son, Adonis. In early 2017, a TMZ article speculated about the possibility of Sophie being pregnant, but the pregnancy was only confirmed in 2018 on Drake’s fourth studio album, “Scorpion.”
His father has two daughters with two other women, making them Drake’s half-sisters.