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Drake is the stage name used by Canadian actor and recording artist Aubrey Drake Graham, best known for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation and post-acting career as a recording artist.
On March 14th, 2007, the official @Drake Twitter feed was launched for the then-cast member of Degrassi: The Next Generation. On May 23rd, 2009, the official Drake Facebook page was created. On June 6th, the official Drake website was launched, featuring biographical information, tour dates, music and videos of the artist. As of October 2013, Drake’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook command more than 12.7 million followers and 31 million likes, respectively.
On November 25th, the music video for the song “Forever” was released on the DrakeVEVO YouTube channel (shown below, left), raking in over 53 million views and 170,000 comments in the next four years. On April 7th, 2010, the music video for the track “Over” was uploaded to YouTube (shown below, right). In the first three years, the video brought inmore than 64 million views and 100,000 comments.
On October 21st, 2011, Drake released the music video for the song “Headlines” on YouTube (shown below, left), receiving upwards of 49.8 million views and 79,000 comments in the following two years. On April 23rd, 2012, the music video for the song “Take Care” was uploaded to the DrakeVEVO channel (shown below, right). In the next 18 months, the video gathered over 91 million views and 76,000 comments.
On February 13th, 2013, Drake released the music video for “Started From the Bottom” on YouTube (shown below, left), which accumulated more than 84 million views and 173,000 comments within eight months. On September 25th, the music video for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was published on the DrakeVEVO YouTube channel (shown below, right). In the first month, the video gained upwards of 11 million views and 24,000 comments.
Wheelchair Drake is an advice animal image macro series that combines wheelchair-related puns with lyrics of music created by Drake, which first appeared on FunnyJunk in August 2010. The image template is based on a photograph of Drake’s wheelchair-bound teen character Jimmy Brooks in the teen drama TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Drake the Type Of
Drake The Type Of is a series of fan-written factoids that are presented as the personality traits of Drake, which typically take the form of tweets, comments and image macros. The earliest known tweet using the phrase “Drake the type of” was posted on Twitter in April of 2011.
YOLO is an acronym for the phrase “you only live once”, which is often used as a hashtag to bring attention to exciting events or excuse irresponsible behaviors. On October 23rd, 2011, Drake posted a tweet using the phrase accompanied by a photo of himself standing on a balcony.
Drake’s song “The Motto” was officially released on November 29th and was followed by the official music video on February 10th, 2012. In just 21 days, the video accumulated over 450,000 views.
“Now she want a photo, you already know, though
You only live once: that’s the motto nigga, YOLO”
Drake Wearing Dada
Drake Wearing Dada is a photoshop meme based on a photograph of Drake taken during the shoot of his music video “No New Friends” in May 2013. The photograph quickly drew attention from his fans and hip hop music communities alike, mainly for the rapper’s wardrobe choice of Damani Dada, an athletic apparel and shoes company that was once popular among hip hop musicians in the 1990s, as well as his leaning posture.
Starbucks Drake Hands
#StarbucksDrakeHands is an Instagram hashtag associated with a series of videos in which people silently gaze at the camera while listening to Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” playing in the background. The hashtag was inspired by a video by Californian barista Brody Ryan Curtis.
Drake’s “All These” Parody Lyrics
On November 6th, 2013, an anonymous Drake fan created @AllThese, a novelty Twitter account which features a series of tweets poking fun at the rapper’s pun-driven, melancholic style of lyrics, particularly his frequent use of the phrase “all these…” In the following week, the Twitter account garnered nearly 50,000 followers after a compilation of notable tweets were featured in a BuzzFeed post titled “These Made Up Lyrics Might Be The Funniest Drake Meme Yet.”