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Since then, Drake's barrage of catchy, R&B-infused hip hop songs have dominated radio airwaves.

A bidding war for Drake’s signature followed and in mid-2009 he inked a record deal with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment.

An uncle, Larry Graham, played bass for Sly and the Family Stone.

Drake says that his mother, Sandi Graham, also hails from a "very musical" family — his grandmother babysat Aretha Franklin.

His new persona as the cocksure prince of hip-hop ("Last name ever, first name greatest," he brags on "Forever") seemed to clash with his middle-class Jewish upbringing and former career as a teenage soap star.

His father is an African-American Catholic and his mother is a white Canadian Jew.

The start wasn’t auspicious – he took a tumble on stage during the America’s Most Wanted Tour in July the same year, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and requiring surgery.

However, it would only be onwards and upwards from then on.

While he was still appearing on , on his own October’s Very Own imprint (later to be shortened to OVO).

This included Drake's first hit single and music video, "Replacement Girl," which was featured as the New Joint of the Day on BET's popular hip-hop TV show .