Back when he was known as Aubrey Graham, Drake (that's his middle name, by the way) was a cast member on 'Degrassi: The Next Generation.' He spent his last couple seasons on the show in a wheelchair when his character, Jimmy Brooks, fell victim to a school shooter.

In 2006, Drake launched his music career by releasing the first of his self-made mixtapes online, showing just how powerful the Internet can be for unsigned artists. Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment later snapped him up, and over the years since then, Drake has worked with a slew of rap and hip-hop luminaries.

 

 

 

Watch Drake on 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'