Drake’s father, Dennis Graham, is African-American. Drake’s Canadian mother, Sandi (Sher), is Ashkenazi Jewish (of Latvian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).
Drake was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada, Drake grew up with music in his blood. His father, Dennis Graham, was a drummer for the legendary rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. An uncle, Larry Graham, played bass for Sly and the Family Stone. His mother, Sandi Graham, was an English teacher and a florist.
Drake’s parents divorced when he was five, and he was raised by his mother in Toronto. His father moved back to America and settled in Memphis, where Drake visited him occasionally.
He spent his early childhood near Weston Road in the city's working-class neighborhood. After his sixth grade, his family moved to Forest Hill, a more affluent neighborhood in the city.