Canadian hip-hop sensation Drake had scores of gold and platinum singles, several industry awards and countless nominations … but he didn’t have a high-school diploma.
This week, Aubrey Drake Graham announced to his nine million-plus Twitter followers that he had aced his final exam, “One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight, I have graduated high school!”
Drake will turn 26 next Wednesday.
Ironically, the actor-turned-music artist left Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in Toronto at the age of 15 to play a student on television in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
While Drake has never glorified his dropout status, an article on MTV’s website posted yesterday began: “Sometimes dropping out of high school is a good thing … While his mom was probably not psyched that he bailed on the books as a teenager, the rapper, better known as Drake, kind of made it work for him.”
And, arguably, Drake applied high-school subjects to real world stuff, all without going the traditional route. Math: Figuring out how to make $6,000 monthly payments on the Rolls Royce Phantom. English: The art and flow of rhyming, of course. Phys ed: Performing on concert stages around the world. Chemistry: No, flirting with Serena Williams does not count.
But then in August, Drake told Now magazine that had spent his summer completing his final course. According to Us Weekly, he completed his GED with the help of teacher Kim Janzen from Vaughan Road Academy.
It would appear that the music artist is using his 20s to revisit milestones that most people experience in their teens. The 2011 music video for his song HYFR shows a party loosely based on a bar mitzvah.
Now the question remains whether the very public announcement will do double duty as a public service announcement to his followers. Or whether his time hitting the books will motivate future tracks (Kanye West titled his first three albums The College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation).
In any case, better late than never, right? In Crew Love off his most recent album, Take Care, he raps, “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.”
Hey Drake, you’ve come this far, don’t dismiss higher education just yet.