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Anna Hecht
Oct 24, 2015 @ 8:00 am

It's safe to say that Drake is one of a kind in the rapping game—especially considering how he rose to fame in the first place. Today, the Canadian rapper turns 29 and, although he's now been in show biz for several years, we have a feeling he's just getting started.

Growing up in his native Toronto, Drake didn't waste any time getting his name out there. In 2001, at the age of 15, he dropped out of high school after landing a major role in the hit TV series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. There, he remained a show regular until 2009, when the series' cast was replaced with all new characters.

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It wasn't long, however, until the birthday boy began to make it big in music. In fact, Drake had already begun making demos while he was still starring in Degrassi. In 2006, Drake released his first album, Room for Improvement. From there, the up-and-coming artist was on the fast track, performing alongside big-name artists like Lil Wayne, whom he toured with in 2008. Not bad for a music biz newbie!

Today, Drake can say for sure that he's made it. Not only has he garnered a major following of loyal fans, but the rapper's also managed to turn out four platinum albums featuring his soft melodies and powerful lyrics. In fact, Drake's reach as an artist is so widespread that big-name designers are also being inspired by him. Just last week, it was announced that Tom Ford is paying homage to the rapper by naming a lipstick from his latest Lips & Boys range after Drake. (Um, we'll take two!) 

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What's up next for Drake? This month, the performer confirmed that he is pushing back the release date of his highly anticipated album Views from the 6 and will continue working on the project until sometime in early 2016. Until then, we will just have to stick with Drake's older albums, which, honestly, have no shortage of oh-so-good songs. Happy birthday, Drake!

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