Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Canada. Eager to become an actor, Drake landed a role on Degrassi: The Next Generation. He dropped out of school to pursue his career, but he graduated in 2012. In 2006, Drake self-released Room for Improvement, his debut mixtape. He release 2 more over the next few years, gaining a following and eventually becoming the subject of a bidding war between several record labels, eventually choosing Young Money Entertainment in 2009. Nothing Was the Same and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late were certified multi-platinum, and his album Views was on the top of Billboard’s 200 for 13 consecutive weeks. Drake is credited for popularizing the Toronto sound of Canadian hip hop. He is one of the world’s best-selling music artists with the world’s highest digital singles sales. Drake has won 4 Grammys, 6 American Music Awards and a record 27 Billboard Music Awards. In 2012, Drake founded the record label OVO Sound and a clothing label. He is also a global ambassador for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. Drake had several endorsement deals, including with Sprite, Burger King and Whataburger. He also opened Fring’s Restaurant with celebrity chef Susur Lee and developed a line of bourbon whiskey with Brent Hocking. Drake has tens of millions of followers on social media and is said to be responsible for 5% of Toronto’s tourism income. In 2017, he had a child with French painter and former model Sophie Brussaux. Drake is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 lbs.
Drake cut 30 lbs. because he wanted to look thin in suits, but more recently he changed his mind and wanted to look bigger. He isn’t especially forthcoming about his diet except to say he passes on the carbs and loads up on the lean animal protein. Pasta used to be a staple, but he mostly takes a pass now so he can look ripped. He has also cut back on the booze (ironic considering he has a line of whiskey). Drake also drinks plenty of water each day to stay hydrated.
- Low Carbs 15% 15%
- Medium Fat 25% 25%
- High Protein 70% 70%
Go Team Protein
When Drake decided to bulk up, he had to make changes to his diet, and that included adding more lean animal protein and protein shakes.
Cut the Carbs
Drake follows a low-carb lifestyle. Italian food was a fave, but he has slow down on the spaghetti, and has gotten great results.
Lose the Liquor
Drake also cut back on the booze, which was a smart move. Alcohol wreaks havoc on your blood sugar and your waistline.
Drake mostly eats clean but when he’s in the mood for a cheat, he goes for a burger and fries.
What to Eat
Lean Animal Protein
What to Avoid
Drake’sTtrainer on Pasta
‘Italian food is probably one of our whole team’s favorite [things.] But cutting down on that really helped him with his cutting phase.’
Drake’s Trainer on Health
‘Our main focus is just health.’
Drake’s Trainer on his Fitness Goals
‘His favorite thing is results.’
Drake’s Fitness Routine
Stop at Nothing
When Drake gets a goal in mind, he will not stop until he achieves it.
A Friend Indeed
Drake works out with longtime friend and trainer Johnny Roxx. Roxx has taken him from slim to swoll.
Many of Drake’s dance moves are inspired by his athleticism. Dance is a great way to have fun while getting cardio.
Drake plays basketball all the time, even when he’s on tour. There are teams and rivalries, the whole deal.
Drake doesn’t like burpees, but he does them. His trainer once had him do 100 in 1 workout. It apparently took him almost 40 minutes to complete.
Focus on Your Goal
Drake switches between calisthenics and lengthening exercises when he’s cutting to heavier weights and compound movements to bulk up.
Drake’s favorite move is the pull-up. He worked a long time to perfect it, and he’s proud of his accomplishment.
Drake takes recovery as seriously as he does the rest of his workout. He does lots of stretching, including quad pulls, hip extensions and lunges.
A Drake Routine
Lift heavy to bulk up.
Do extra cardio and lengthening exercises like Pilates to cut.
Do dynamic stretching.
Drake on Basketball
‘I’m not going to lie: I’m nice at basketball.’
Drake’s Trainer on Fitness
‘Generally speaking, it’s not really bodybuilding. It’s more all-around fitness.’
Drake’s Trainer on How They Work
‘We work out hard. We recover hard.’
Drake’s Trainer on Burpees
‘He hates them, but it’s a love-hate relationship.’
Drake’s Trainer on his Signature Move
‘He’s the trick shot king.’
Drake’s Trainer on His Dancing
‘The way he moves onstage looks like he’s playing basketball or shooting.’
Drake doesn’t talk much about supplements, so below are supplements that can benefit anyone following a similar diet.
One supplement we know Drake does take is protein, which is a good choice for those looking to build muscle. It also boosts metabolism, fills you up and tames cravings.
We can guess Drake eats his veggies, but if you don’t get as many as you should, a greens supplement is a smart move.
Seriously Sweet Dreams
Drake has a mattress that cost $400K. Handmade in Sweden, it takes about 600 hours to put together. Only about a dozen were made in the first run and they now have a waiting list.
Drake’s parents divorced when he was 5. He was raised by his mother in Canada while his father was in trouble with the law for drug-related charges in Tennessee. Drake says he was bullied for being both black and Jewish.
In 2009, Drake was robbed at gunpoint in Toronto’s Little Italy. The robbers were caught and spent 6 months in jail.
It Runs in the Family
Drake’s dad was a drummer for the iconic Jerry Lee Lewis, his uncle Larry Graham was a bassist for Sly and the Family Stone and his other uncle Teenie Hodges was a lead guitarist and songwriter for Al Green.
Drake’s fancy mattress isn’t even close to the most expensive item he owns. Besides the one-of-kind concert grand piano, state-of-the-art recording studio and regulation-size basketball court, his 50,000-square-foot house also contains a 3,200-sq. ft. master bedroom, a 2-story closet, a 4,000-lb. black marble bathtub, and a chandelier made with 20,000 pieces of Swarovski crystal. His garage is yet another story. It holds a $3.4M Bugatti Veyron.
Drake sometimes tweets images of tattoos he would get, if he was into that stuff. When a fan had his name tattooed on her forehead, he expressed disapproval.
Drake on Success
‘Everybody has an addiction; mine happens to be success.’
Drake on Mistakes
‘I was born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection.’
Drake on Strength
‘Strength isn’t always shown in what you can hold onto. Sometimes, it’s shown in what you can let go of.’
Drake on Honesty
‘It’s hard for me not to tell the truth when you ask me.’
Drake on Suffering
‘Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser.’
Drake on Sweaters
‘I have a sweater obsession, I guess.’