Words by Adisa Banjoko
Before becoming a multi-platinum artist, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, dropped out of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute High School. His parents divorced when he was young and he was raised by his mother, a retired teacher, in Toronto’s wealthy Forest Hill neighborhood.
But Drake had some interesting aspirations while he was enrolled. In this old yearbook photo Drake listed, “to be a great singer and break dancer” as one of his goals.
While Drake doesn’t advise his fans to drop out of school, he loosely addresses his decision not to finish on his track “Crew Love”: “Smoking weed under star projectors/I guess we’ll never know what Harvard gets us /But seeing my family have it all /Took the place of that desire for diplomas on the wall.”
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At least for Drake the decision to pursue a career over school paid off. The actor-turned-rapper scored his first platinum album with his 2010 debut Thank Me Later. And it definitely appears that he got the money to get some contacts dental work.
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