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Aubrey “Drake” Graham otherwise known as rapper Drake or Drizzy to the Hip Hop world was is a Canadian recording artist and actor from Toronto,Ontario. He was born to a mixed race couple and raised Jewish. His father is an African-American Catholic and his mother is a white Canadian Jew. Drake's parents divorced when he was 5 years old, and he was raised by his mother in Forest Hill, an affluent and predominantly Jewish Toronto neighborhood. He had a Bar Mitzvah at age 13 and observed the Jewish High Holy Days with his mother. "My mom has always made Hanukkah fun," Drake recalls. "When I was younger, she gave cool gifts and she'd make latkes." Despite his Jewish upbringing, Drake says he felt isolated at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, his virtually all-white high school. Drake remembers, "Nobody understood what it was like to be black and Jewish." However, he also adds, "being different from everyone else just made me a lot stronger."

Drake has sold over 5 million albums worldwide, with his latest release “Take Care” being the most successful. In August of 2012, Drake’s latest global tour, Club Paradise is the most successful hip-hop tour of 2012, grossing over 42 million worldwide.

He currently resides in California.