We so hope Drake is somewhere recreating the music video for "HYFR," because this is a reason to celebrate!
The 25-year-old rapper/actor, who (in addition to his music) is famous for portraying Jimmy Brooks on "Degrassi: The Next Generation," is now a high school graduate in real life.
And he did it with high scores, to boot: "97 percent on my final exam. 88 percent in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life," Drake posted Wednesday. "As of tonight I have graduated high school!"
He added in a sweet show of gratitude, "Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me!! OVO SOUND."
i love u Drake...keep doing wat u doing baby
Well, good for him. Better late than never. Now, get working on that college degree. We are never too old to learn, no matter what our station in life.
He makes more than you as well, DJ Brokeass, so stop talking like you know something.
You should of done that years ago, nothing to bragged about. Get a college degree then you can brag all you want!
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He may be a chimp, but that chimp makes in a day what you make in a month, surely more!
Wow!!! high school...great accomplishment...I went back and graduated from kindergarten..
Hoorah for you... Stupid hoodlum!!!
As a long-time Degrassi fan – got my whole family involved – I guess... well first, congratulations. I am just flabergasted that an actor on a show about high school, doesn't finish high school during the process? How is it that he walked the path at the time, and didn't graduate while in production? Where was the accountability between production and actors of a youth oriented production?!?
Blue-THIS IS THE DUMBEST COMMENT ON THE BLOG. FAILED COMMENT!!!! GN LOSER
There's nothing dumber than an idiot making a comment about something or someone saying somthing dumb and doesn't explain his reason for the statement. Why is Blue's statement dumb? He's talking about accountability, who was responsible for ensuring that Drake was educated. After all he was a minor while he was on Degrassi. If anyone's comment is dumb it’s yours you might want to go back to high school yourself.
Friends and family and don't forget the Tax Man will take your money but your education is something you'll always have (Priceless).
Congratulations to Drake and anyone else for not quitting, anyone can be a quitter but who do you want on your team or work for you, a known quitter or someone who contines to try to better themselves. He didn't have to go back to school so if you look at the bigger picture he must have done this for himself. Don't hate on ANYONE if they want to improve themselves!!! We live in a world where many young people count their success on what their parents have and it shouldn't be that way. Be smart today for tomorrow the challenges only become greater.
I say good for him! There is absolutely nothing wrong with anyone wanting to better themselves. Take me for example, I went in the military straight out of HS in the mid 80's and will "finally" be graduating from college next May. It took me well over twenty years to do, but I too will be proud when its done. Maybe Drake's next step will be college as well, but he needed to make the first step and graduate from high school first.
I graduated high school with my eyes closed and sleeping. At least we know he can count hit money.
So pathetic that graduating High School is such a big deal to this guy. I have no idea who he is nor do I care, just wondered what the "big deal" was, when it's something that is just done. I thought it was going to be he got his PHd or somehing, now that's a big deal! High School is a given, no big deal, a shame that to some blacks it is. Now if he got his Bachelor's, Masters or PHd those are more of a big deal, but to me and my family a Bachelor's degree is normal, a shame a High School degree is a big deal, wow.
Wow... he is excited about graduating high school? How low have we set the bar in this country? Nice job, Drake. What do you want? A freakin' Nobel Prize? You're still an idiot because it took you 30 years to do what most of us did in 12.
Yes Adam, you are obviously so much smarter than Drake. While he was making millions, you were sitting in Algebra class. Now that he has made more money than you and your ten best friends will ever see, he decided to go back and finish high school.
Drake = multimillionaire with a HS diploma
Adam = HS diploma
Wow, Derp. I'm sure you really wounded him on that one. Not having as much money as Drake (which you don't know)...ouch. And I'm sure he's really kicking himself for sitting in Algebra while Drake was "making millions", and by "making millions" I mean starring in an unbelievable lame Canadian tween drama. Thank god there are people like you on here to put fools like Adam in his place.
Live with your shame, Adam. Live with your shame.
You go to school so that you can improve your employment prospects so that you can earn more money and enjoy a better standard of living.
I am no fan of Drake, but he made millions without finishing high school. I don't care if he was an actor on sesame street.
He is richer than most people (which most likely includes Adam) and he decided to go back and finish hight school. Kudos to him. How can a millionaire deciding to go back and finish his high school education be a bad thing.
"Thank god there are people like you on here to put fools like Adam in his place"
Would you rather be a millionaire without a high school diploma, or a HS grad making $12.00 an hour.
That chimp has already made more money than you will in your entire life.
If he's a chimp, you are a baboon.
I hope he advises the other rappers to do the same, maybe they will learn proper English.
they speak english just fine. just because they didn't finish high school doesn't mean they aren't smart and/or successful
Back to school
Back to school
To prove to dad that I'm not a fool
I got my lunch packed up
My boots tied tight
I hope I don't get in a fight
Ohhhh, back to school
Back to school
Back to school
I don't celebrate mediocracy...sorry
only way not to see this awful actress by day either is to not open it
I congratulate you becuase what you did is extremely courageous and you should be commended. And always remember that you please yourself first and pay no attention to the haters. You owe no one an explanation for your actions. You have what they need and you did not have to share this with anyone. Just keep moving forward. Blessings to you.
Oh, Please. Good for him to make a lot of money. He played the chance game and got lucky. He quit school to ride that train as far as it would go. Yes, he went back to school and finished HS. Wow! Does that mean he finally grew up. He should probably just keep that to himself. Does he really want everyone to know he was too immature to finish like normal people. The idiots who keep saying he has more money, that was like winning the lottery. Good for him now lets see if he uses that money and tiny education to do something good and worthwhile bet err than creating and promoting second rate and unoriginal music. Time will tell
Wellllll, I guess congratulations are in order. Twenty-five, hunh! Must be a very personal victory.
Okay, I just checked out HYFR on YT to see who this guy is and why this should be a big deal. Soooooo, he's a jewish rapper. A jewish rapper who doesn't have a musical bone in his body, and from the sound of his lyrics, a middle school education, much less a diploma. Doesn't anybody have a love of the melody anymore? What the hell kinda song am I listening to? No wonder the young generation is so doggone stupid these days! No wonder they can't string together a simple intelligent sentence. People who sound illiterate are your role models. We grew up with Michael Jackson... you guys grow up listening to songs like HYFR. Wow. Do yourselves a favor. Put on some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. Try some Marvin Gaye or Buddy Guy. Real musicians are still remaking the old songs of guys like Otis Redding, and Lionel Ritchie. These guys are all legends. Nobody... and I do mean nobody.... is ever going to remake this guy's garbage you call "music". Legends don't sound like that.
Dude really get over the past and get into the present!Drake's the bomb!
@Ram: The bomb? lol! Trust me. No he's not. His "music" is garbage. I can't "get into the present" if it has nothing to offer in terms of music. You're supposed to be able to lay back, close your eyes, and let the sounds, the rhythm, the melody take you on a journey through the song. An illiterate dude talking fast over off-time bass and snare drums isn't gonna take you there. Eminem has more melody and music than this clown.
Congrats to Drake, whoever you are. It can only improve your standing in life. Kudos. That being said, our country is in the toilet when it becomes CNN "News" that a 25 year old graduated high school.
Seriously? You're in the entertainment section. The homepage is littered with debate news and other crap. Happy to see something nice for a change.
see u after class for a bit.
All the way from South Africa, congradulations Drake, it takes courage to go fiish school after you have made so much money in another business.Its encouraging for all the homies and to learn you dropped out to help your mother with her operation is even more courageous. You are a warrior and let the haters compare banking accounts with you. We all have diferent talents and yours is singing.I have qualified myself with Masters degrees and know how it feels to pass a grade.
I would be embarrassed if it took me that long to finish high school. I am guessing it is just a GED, too.
Why should he feel ashamed? He was on a successful tv show at a young age and then became an even more successful rapper. Stop the hate.
Maria, the sooner you start loving yoself the better.
"I would be embarrassed if it took me that long to finish high school"
Drake would be embarrassed with your bank account.
I can't believe he didnt graduate high school sooner, but Im glad he did it eventually. He knows he has an image to uphold
give the krapper a cookie
Few can do the intolerance, conceit, and arrogance thing as well as Drake. His lyrics are filled with self praise and hate speak for all who fail to share his narrow views. Just another self absorbed creep.
I wouldn't know. I listen to music.
no wonder it took him tip 25 to graduate High school…kind of reminds me of Jethro Bodine!
So, does this mean he will be going off to college now? Because in order to be a good role model, he needs to embody the importance of higher education, especially since he can afford it.
congrats Drake , u set a good example for other adults who wish to finish HS
Like him or not, he has acheived something worthwhile and set a decent example.
Yea, and now the big money will start rolling in.
Do you think this means his lyrics might improve!?
wait, 25 years old, so he had 10 years of high school, but only had 1 exam, and 1 class, compared to normal people who take 7 classes and 7 exams. wow he must be f_uc_king stupid if he didnt get an A in a class where he didnt have to taky any others. i took 7 classes and aced every single one of them, while this dumb primitive ape got a B after 10 years. lmfao typical darkie
You're a colossal pile of sh!t. Typical white racist @sshole. Enjoy a lifetime of minimum wage, "ace".
clearly you didnt learn much considering, you normally get out of high school at 18..hes 25, that isnt 10 years.
Yeah, typical of you white racists hiding behind your computer but would not have the guts to say it to their faces. Why can't you just say that is good achievement or just don't say anything at all. Didn't your mom teach you that if you can't say anything nice to someone then just don't say nothing at all. Yeah I'm a darkie and damn proud of it, which is better than being an inbred, racist, bigoted, child molesting, and mentally disturbed person. Have a good day A.
At least the white man works for his money unlike you monkeys who freeload off of my tax dollars. And I live at 811 Huron Road East Cleveland, OH 44115 so come visit me if you want to have a real conversation.
Drake is a waste of life and is the most untalented "musician"(cant believe they call it that) that has ever walked on earth.
Whoa!!! wow....why does it have to be a race thing? Its 2012....whats wrong with you? you are either a racist, which is a pretty primitive way of thinking, or you just want attention. Which is it? Maybe you should seek counseling.
@ Joe...Please tell me that you did not post your real address on a public blog/comment section. You dont know what kind of crazy people are reading this crap. Anyway, why are you so mad a black people? I can tell you that there are millions of african americans that are getting educated and doing great things around the world. I just attended a minority M.B.A conference in Indianapolis and was pleased to see how many "monkeys" as you say were small business owners and CEO's of large firms. Now, Im not trying to turn this into a history lesson, but I think the black community is doing pretty well considering that just a little over 50 years ago certain types education was not really an option for most. I dont know...maybe Im dreaming but I really hope you find a way to find peace within yourself because its not healthy to live with that kind of hatred....and this goes for anyone White/Black/Asian/Hispanic...etc who cant learn co-exist. I really dont think you hate black people....I really think there is something you hate about yourself that you are projecting onto others. There is counseling for that....you should seek it. This goes for all who comment with racial undertones.
Well said Todd!!!! Joe you seriously need help! Not ALL blacks are thugs, but then again it takes a matured (white) person to know that. I'm a black business woman, I own a company and have employed 56 people (multiracial) and I pay my taxes just like you. As black people, we 've been through a lot but 'most of us' don't carry on like wounded animals, so stop behaving like white's are holier than thou! Every race has it's imperfect human beings.
you have no idea the race of any of these people
white, non white, give it a rest, you all live in your parents basement and are eating cheetos right now, you are not darkie or a self employeed black woman
please, give it a rest
"clearly you didnt learn much considering, you normally get out of high school at 18..hes 25, that isnt 10 years"
Clearly you are a complete and total idiot.
You START high school at 15. If you finish at 25, it's ten years.
Relax people, Joe did not post his own address. It's the address to a sh!thole bar in Cleveland.
Think about it, even white trash would not admit they are from Cleveland.
"compared to normal people who take 7 classes and 7 exams"
Normal people don't take seven classes to graduate from high school. Normal people take 5-6 classes a year for four years unless they are semesterized. Then they may take 10 or more a year.
Exactly what high school did you graduate from?
has matured and on his way to a better life and he's staying away from being sucked into negative people
By the name of Chris Brown, whom he encountered and spawned one of the most SHAMEFUL celebrity, let alone, rap feuds of all time. All over a girl who prides herself in destroying Americas youth? Dude was a better influence on Degrassi!
On A Hacker
It's sad how many people have to make rude comments about this ... can you not just say congratulations on your achievement of graduating HS? I think it's awesome for anyone, regardless of your financial success already. Good on him!
hate is more fun
Maybe now he'll see how stupid his "music" sounds...
Something Tom Cruise didn't even do... For real.
His music is still in kindergarten!
I clicked on the headline because I thought it was a story about a duck.
That story would have been worth reading.
I thought it was about Drake from Josh and Drake on Nick!!
I teach reading at Sherwood High.
I graduated from Sherwood High! :-)
Robin hood lives in sherwood forest
We are all proud of his courage.
from these comments, not everyone gives a hoot
my professors tell me anyone can be educated at any time.
they smoke a lot of drugs
Yes, he's rich and successful, doesn't need the diploma. But it's a great example for kids struggling with "why bother" to get a HS degree.
What diff does it make. We educate ourselves so we are able to make more money, get promoted ect. Him going back to school after he is rich shows that he is trying to become a more rounded person. he made more money before he was 20 than most of us will make in a lifetime. So who is the retarded one?
Why the heck didn't he just finish HS as a teenager? Where were his parents? They allowed him to be on TV and make music (?) but didn't make him finish school? What idiot parents.
"Where were his parents?"
They were busy counting all the money he was making.
Dude is a multimillionaire, and a HS graduate. Which one of those are you?
This dude deserves a C.M. Sandwhich.
What's that taste like?
Yeah it took this moron 25 years to graduate and you all congradulate him when all normal kids do it in 18. Where i come from that makes you legally retarded.
i hate all these people being like he's stupid cuz he graduated at 25 HE HAD A BETTER CAREER BEFORE U HAD ONE AT ALL
Just want to point out that you spelled "congratulate" incorrectly. I wouldn't make fun of someone getting their Diploma from High School by displaying your obvious lack of education. Just a tip....
"you all congradulate him"
No, we congratulate him.
And where I come from, people who can't spell are considered illiterate. Ripping someone over their supposed lack of education while simultaneously displaying your own is the epitome of irony.
I give respect to Drake. He was raised by his mother who got very sick with a life threatening disease when he was 15 and he was one credit away from graduating, when he dropped out to make some money to pay for her operation.People love to judge without knowing all the facts.
cripes he must be a dummy.. 5 months of preparation with a tutor? lol.
I walked into my test with no preparation and aced it first time - GED test is sinfully easy.
Congrats on your GED but a PhD diploma would be something to brag about not your GED.
So since Drake was a idiot who needed to study for 5 months to pass his GED , and you didnt, do you want to compare bank accounts with him?
Congrats drake. People really not to be so negative. How many people went to college to get a job to make money? Drake got his money first. If I could create a mousetrap that was morally sane and make a lot monet, I would not gone to college neither. By Drake going back his high school diploma, he is showing it meant more to him just a piece of paper. People really need to get them a life.....
well maybe you should've still gone just to learn how to spell.
"I would not gone to college neither."
You obviously were not an English major.
Please do us all a favor and read your post before you submit it next time. That was painful.
from the sounds of your post, you barely made it out of 6th grade…learn how to speak and write English before you make a fool of yourself on posts.
oh wait, I get it, you played baball, or was it baaball? fuball?
Good job Drake, be a model for others to follow in your steps.
He's kinda cute for a colored boy. I'd let him blow me. They are always wanting free food anyway.
You're a racist idiot. It would probably be you doing the blowing. As for the free food, Drake could by you and sell you many times over.
"Drake could by you and sell you many times over."
He could buy and sell you too.
Just keeping it real. Got his education on.
Shut up, Belinda
Congrat drake I luv u!!!
It's about time, and all it took was millions of dollars and shame to make him go back and finish it. With nearly 10 years of extra life experience I sure hope he scored high.
with an audience. hahahha
I TOOK A DRAKE IN THE TOILET THE OTHER DAY.
A'm happy for the 25 year old Drake.but he should have made more earlier than 25 yr. High school graduate
Big up for drake
Wait a min, I thought he referenced something about a dorm room in one of his albums...strange.
I don't think people are being negative. They just think its not really news worthy, several of those kids at that show went to school concurrently through at home teaching programs. It's not like it has never been an option for him before. But I think that everyone should value education, no matter what age.
Doesn't this sound a little like Billy Madison?
Good for him. No clue why people are negative about this.
@nancy actually he DID have hardships. His family was very poor and his acting was supporting them. So he made the choice to put them before himself and started acting full time. I mean I can understand why you would be bitter. He is a 25 year old millionaire and you are most likely a 60 year old fat housewife.
Idk where u got ur info from, he was not ever poor and he says that striaght up...he lived in a nice surban neighborhood and his mom was a teacher and his dad who split was a successful blues singer. I love Drake went and saw him in concert but I know him as Jimmy Brooks. And good for him, people are so negative.......even with his millions of dollars he still wanted to have an education bc he knows that he will not be famous forever
Actually he said himself he was very poor. He said that he took the job to take help his family out during a rough time when his mother was sick. And I got my information from that crazy thing called google.
Canadia is the 51st state right?
Not sure what "Canadia" is.
No Charlie – its where you get your cuban cigars from eh
So what he graduated on TV and not real life? Where were his parents at?! That is ridiculous, 25 and no diploma. He has his priorities all messed up. A damn shame... Better late then never I guess
"Where were his parents at?!"
"He has his priorities all messed up"
Leave school, make millions, go back and finish school.
Stay in school, miss the opportunity to make millions, finish school work at McDonald's.
Yeah, his priorities are a mess.
You people are retarded
no, just YOU derp, you and only you are retarded
What's this guy care about high school? I mean dude, your super rich like me, get lots of tail (not as much as me) and have nothing else to do but party.
And your worried about getting a GED?
That sounds pretty stupid.
Hats off to Drake for getting your High School Diploma. As for you Charlie Sheen, your problem is: "YOU HAVE TO MUCH OF THAT TIGER BLOOD" GROW UP CHARLIE!!!!
You are so right Charlie, he has enough money and whats up with all the american's and getting grades. Hey we all have different talents. If you are so good at school then be a scientist and make all the money, he is good at singing but i am sure you will still be shy to show him your bank statement.Charlie, i love your shows and thats what you good at.
Why do people always have something negative to say. Good for you Drake.
Good job Drake. It takes balls to value education over money these days. So many of our youth have forgotten their past. You can loose money but not your education. Slaves were killed back in the day if they were caught with a book and denied an education. But none were killed for having a dollar in their hand. The value of an education is undeniable!!
This is the dumbest comment I've seen tonight. He's obviously educated many times over your average Harvard phd. It takes brains to this succesful.
God, these cements rock – they are terrible!
Goodness to the people who would actually put someone down for graduating late, shame in you. Some people have many hardships in their lives that hold them back. At least he pulled himself back up and succeeded..people talk about bullies in high school causing kids to kill themselves..here on this forum we have adults who feel they are better than those who didn't do as you did!! CONGRATS to drake and anyone else in this situation. I sure hope these negative people have perfect children and grandchildren..I'm thankful all my children have done well in life. However it doesn't make them better than anyone else.
this is why we put them down becuase they have yet to actually get an education and by the way it's "shame on you" not in you.
he didn't have "hardships".......he left school to be on a television show and then started rapping – TO MAKE MONEY....he gave up his education at the age when it should have been the most important thing to him AND his mother. shame on her for not putting school first. his talent would have always been there......they should have waited until he graduated from University to begin his career. but no- the almighty "dolla" was more important.
Everyone commenting here is stupid and needs to go back to high school
charlie sheen takes it up the assssssssssssss!
he so hot he don't need a diploma. dudes got cash too so a college degree won't b needed either. good looks, cash and talent he's got it all and trust me he will b around for awhile. but good for him on his achievement!
You and him are what's wrong with the world today. Go find some common sense please.
@smh you are wrong
This is the best comment yet!
Can you please retype that in English. Not all of us speak in Ebonics.
doesnt matter how long it takes a person to graduate high school they did what millions havent. CONGRATS DRAKE!!!!
Wrong Natasha......in Canada millions GRADUATE from high school every year.....we value education in this country.Those who don't graduate are in the minority.........like drake who left school for the money.
can i have a big juicy piece of pie please...
Go Jimmy! (LOL) Loved you as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi. I actually thought you were really in a wheelchair. Imagine my surprise when my son called me in his room and said, "your boy Jimmy is on stage rapping with Weezy". Don't let the haters discourage you, your education is very important. Keep up the good work!
Just keepin it real. Got his education on.
i went back later in life also–i enjoy being in a classroom, seeing my teacher, etc...when serious with someone
i will tell him..i enjoy being in school.
my friend is going for her doctrine in education at 40 years old with kids, a family member at 50 is going for her masters,
boyfriends marriages kids...the work out a schedule with their man..done.
Considering he is 25 it is about time he graduated from high school. As a fellow Canadian – I am quite embarrased that it took him this long to get a basic education. So when will he graduate fron University.....when he is 40? Not a good role model for his fans.
You are a dumbfvck.
I don't even like Drake, or rap for that matter. But the guy realized he should have finished school, and went back and completed it. How can that be a bad thing?
Keep on sucking Jack Layton's dead d!ck, you socialist welfare wh0re.
Really, who cares. Drake is not what you call a big talent. A big name right now but not for long.
Are you retarded...Drake has been around for close to 4 years and was a millionaire before he released his first album. Dude got rich off a mixtape and you have the audicity to hate? Clearly he didn't need highschool to do what we all want to in life, make money.
That is definitely not rapping and it is NOT singing. It is called monotone talking to music. Kind of ridiculous.
Dear NRJ, first you insult people with special needs by calling me retarded. Second you clearly have questionable values when you think that selling a copyrighted "tape" of other people's music is acceptable and demonstrates talent. No the only one here with a special need is you. I don't hate, I just don't respect his supposed success. How is a great success that he finally finished what he started 10 years ago. If all he wants to do is make money then he has succeeded but is it news, it a role model for people. I think not. Just guy who got lucky. What if that mixed tape hadn't sold well. Would he have gone back to school? Oh, you must have missed the day in English class where they taught how to spell audacity that high school is two words. Oh, my goal in life is not to make money it is live life as an educated person who appreciates art, real music, athletic prowess, science and intelligence. Not luck.
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