Before 'So Far Gone' and 'Thank Me Later,' Drake was Aubrey Graham and his career of choice was acting, not music. Here's ten things you probably didn't know he did before he was famous.
Before becoming a rap star Drake was most famous for playing wheelchair bound Jimmy Brooks in Degrassi. Bagging the role at age 15, Drake appeared in 138 episodes between 2001-2009.
Like many successful TV shows, Degrassi eventually hit the big screen for a 'Spring Break' movie in 2008. Drake reappeared as his character Jimmy for the film.
Around Season 4 of Degrassi Aubrey and his co-star Stacey starred as themselves in a 'webisode' where they interviewed each other and moved about LA. We recommend YouTubing it for the brilliant moment that Drake explains his outfit choice, saying: "I've got my little glasses at night time, cause that's what the stars do."
Not too long after his final season on the award-winning Degrassi, Drake played a leading role in the short film 'Us and Them'. Shot in and around his hometown of Toronto, the film features many iconic places Drake sings about in his recent music. For example, look out for his childhood home.
That month, Drake turned up - however briefly - on an episode of Being Erica entitled "What I Am is What I Am." The poor guy got buried alive in his scene, which may explain why he didn't stick around.
The only show in which Drake played himself (Aubrey Graham that is), 'Beyond The Break' is a Hawaiian surfing show that ran between 2006-2009.
In 2008 Drake appeared in a one-off episode as prisoner Gordon Harvey in 'The Border' - a programme that works Canadian immigration cases.
In 2007, Drake played A / V Jones in the film Charlie Bartlett, a film about a kid that becomes the psychiatrist in his high school. It wasn't a lead role, but Drake was at home in the school setting.
Early on in his acting career a 16-year-old Drake made a short cameo as Fredrick in the middle-school series Soul Food. YouTube the show's name to see Drake play a school bully.
During his early acting career, way before he was really famous, Drake starred in his own version of 'Cribs,' where he showed viewers around his Toronto home, introducing them to his mum and Grandma. He gives a peek inside his fridge (of course) and even his bedroom!