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15 things you didn't know about Drake

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He's one seemingly mysterious man, but we're revealing all the secrets about Drake

Drake's rise to the top seemed like it happened overnight, as he moved quickly from TV to the head of the rap game. Almost anyone with ears and a radio is familiar with Drake's music (whether you consider yourself a fan or not), and we also know that Amanda Bynes thinks he's hot.

But it still begs the question: Who's the guy behind those dark and smoldery eyes?

1. Drake rose to fame as a Canadian TV star

Drake joined the cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001, when he was only 15 years old. He played Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who had to use a wheelchair after being shot.

2. His real name is Aubrey Graham

Believe it or not, but Drake is only his middle name. Aubrey Graham is the given name of Drake, something we think may not have made him the sexy, mysterious celebrity he is today.

3. He has appeared in children’s programs, including Ice Age: Continental Drift

Drake is not only still acting, he is doing some voice acting as well. He appeared in Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, as Ethan, the young mammoth.

4. He is Canadian

Drake was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1986 (and even played hockey as a child).

5. He was raised Jewish

Drake’s mother is a Jewish Canadian, and he attended a Jewish Day School and even had a bar mitzvah.

6. He started his rap career through a series of mixtapes

Drake began making mixtapes in 2006, and started gaining national attention. He was featured on BET and was supported by rappers Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. He was finally signed to Universal Motown in 2009.

7. He has written songs for artists such as Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx

Drake has won numerous awards for his songwriting abilities. He wrote "Un-Thinkable" for Alicia Keys and co-wrote "Fall For Your Type" for Jamie Foxx.

8. He has a crush on Nicki Minaj

Drake admitted back in 2010 that Minaj was his inspiration for "Un-Thinkable." He told MTV in 2010 about his crush.

"I've always really, actually, really had a crush on her, always really loved her, and she's always just looked at me as, like, her little brother," he said.

Next Up: He is a fan of the Miami Heat

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