Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s.
Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement.
This prompted the mixtape's re-release as an EP, featuring only four songs from the original, as well as the additions of the songs "I'm Goin' In" and "Fear".
Drake's parents divorced when he was five years old.After the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto, while his father returned to Memphis, where he suffered incarceration for a number of years on drug-related charges.After becoming musically inspired by Jay Z and Clipse, Drake self-released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement, in 2006.The mixtape featured Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco, and included vast production from Canadian producers Boi-1da, and Frank Dukes.[It's tough]." a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate.
When asked about his early acting career, Drake replied, "My mother was very sick. The only money I had coming in was off of Canadian TV".He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.were critically and commercially successful; the former earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.Released from his recently founded October's Very Own label, it spawned the single "Replacement Girl", featuring Trey Songz.The song made Drake become the first ever unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET, with "Replacement Girl" being featured on the channel's "New Joint of the Day" segment on April 30, 2007.When asked about the mixtape, Drake described the project as "pretty straightforward, radio friendly, [and] not much content to it." The mixtape was released for sale only, and confirmed to have sold over 6,000 copies.