After 14 seasons, the television show Degrassi will come to an end. While the show has countless successful alumni from the past, none have seen more mainstream success than ex-show member Aubrey “Drake” Graham. Degrassi played a pivotal force in introducing Drake to the hip-hop world, and we should thank the show for that.
During high school, Drake met an agent who was the father of one of his high school friends. The agent found Drake a role on the Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation as Jimmy Brooks. In the show, Brooks is a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate.
Drake would continue his acting career on Degrassi: The Next Generation until 2009, when his character graduated from Degrassi. Overall, he appeared in a total of 138 episodes. While Drake didn’t make large bank during this show (Drake said a season of Canadian television is under a teacher’s salary,” the show played a pivotal role in allowing him to stabilize his life some financially during tough times. “My mother was very sick. We were very poor, like broke.” said Drake of the time period when he was on Degrassi.
Outside of the financial stability, Degrassi allowed Drake a space to showcase his talents to the mainstream. His first big scene in the rap world happened on the show. We should all be thankful for Degrassi, as it played a role in giving us Drake.