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Drake started from the bottom, now he's here

What made Drake the man he is today?

  • Singer/rapper Nicki Minaj and rappers Drake and Lil Wayne accept the award for Best Hip Hop Video onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Singer/rapper Nicki Minaj and rappers Drake and Lil Wayne accept the award… (Kevin Winter / Getty Images )
September 23, 2013|By Dana Moran | RedEye

By now you’ve heard lead single “Started From The Bottom” somewhere in the neighborhood of 900 million times. So, what? It’s a great song. Here’s the “bottom” Drake started from, and how he got to “here.”

Started from the bottom

Age 0

Born Aubrey Drake Graham in 1986 in Toronto, he calls the city’s Weston Road home, which he told Complex magazine was “not the nicest area in the world.

Age 5

His parents divorce. His father moves back to Memphis, where he is sent to prison twice.

Age 12

Moves to Toronto’s heavily Jewish Forest Hill neighborhood. He told Complex magazine that even though it was a nice neighborhood, “I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. It was not big, it was not luxurious. It was what we could afford.”

Age 13

Is Bar Mitzvah’d. According to an interview with Heeb magazine, the song of the night was “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. Hey, it was 1999.

Age 14

Cast as Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” His character, a basketball star, is shot in Season 4 of the show and ends up in a wheelchair.

Age 19

Releases his first mixtape, “Room For Improvement.”

Age 21

Becomes part of Lil Wayne’s crew, Young Money, but isn’t signed with his Young Money entertainment until the following year.

Age 23

Releases his debut album, “Thank Me Later.” To celebrate its release, he performs a free concert in New York with Hanson. It nearly causes a riot, which we’re totally going to blame on Hanson.

Age 25

Releases “Take Care,” which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200. One week later, “The Motto” was released as the album’s third single, thereby introducing America to the phenomenon that is YOLO. Also forms OVO Sound label.

Age 26

Wins his first Grammy—best rap album for “Take Care.” The same night, he announces “Nothing Was The Same,” which leaked last week, and released the video for “Started From The Bottom.” Now he’s here.

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