Iconic singer Jennifer Lopez is no stranger to highly-publicized romances. After divorcing Ojani Noa, she made headlines with her romance to hip-hop mogul Sean Combs. She went on to marry dancer Cris Judd for nine months before landing in a relationship with actor Ben Affleck. After the two called off their engagement, she settled down with singer Marc Anthony and had two kids before ending things in 2014. Over the Christmas break, rumors of Drake and JLo seeing either nearly broke the internet, and the two have practically confirmed that they’re an item. We decided to dig up some facts about JLo’s new man and his ascent to the top of the hip-hop world.
12) Favorite Movies
If Jennifer Lopez wants to really win over Drake, she has to know what he enjoys watching when he’s not busy performing in front of sold-out crowds. Two of his favorite movies of all time are the Matt Damon drama Rounders and the Vivica A. Fox comedy Two Can Play That Game.
11) Owns OVO Sound
Along with Oliver El-Khatib and Noah “40” Shebib, Drake owns OVO Sound. The label’s first release was his 2013’s album Nothing Was the Same, and the label has since released music from acts such as PARTYNEXTDOOR, Roy Woods, and iLoveMakonnen. The label has expanded into a yearly music festival, a bi-weekly radio show, and a fashion line.
10) Drake’s Connection To Prince
Drake’s uncle Larry Graham, who is best known as the bassist for Sly and the Family Stone, collaborated with the late Prince for Graham Central Station’s 1998 album GCS 2000. It was during this time that Graham introduced the artist to being a part of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which he did in 2001.
9) Toronto Raptors Ambassador
As a native of Toronto, Drake’s love for the Toronto Raptors runs deep. In 2013, he was named the team’s new global ambassador and helped out with various events, including the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. There was also a special Drake Zone at Air Canada Centre where fans can receive special edition shirts.
8) Went Back For His High School Diploma
Drake attended Vaughan Road Academy, but he found himself disliking school by the minute due to constant bullying. With his career set to skyrocket with Degrassi: The Next Generation, he dropped out of school. In 2012, he took a break from music to go back and retrieve his diploma in order to set a good example for his young fans.
7) Previous Relationships
Aside from his publicized relationship with singer Rihanna, Drake has been seen with various other females over the years. In 2015, he had a relationship with tennis superstar Serena Williams. Some of the other ladies he’s been seen around the town with include Kat Dennings, Tyra Banks, and Karrueche Tran.
6) Drake Day
For his major success in music, June 10 has been named Drake Day, but it’s not celebrated in his home country. The day was created in Houston, Texas by Mayor Annise D. Parker to give thanks to the rapper for always giving the town love in his music and his appreciate for the area.
5) Drake’s Own Whiskey
In early 2016, Drake revealed plans to put out his own brand of whiskey titled Virginia Black Whiskey, which is a collaboration with DeLeón Tequila founder Brent Hocking. The drink, which received rave reviews from critics and the public, is available to purchase nationwide. Trying to get a taste test at a nearby restaurant will be a bit tricky.
4) Burger Endorsements
In 2015, Drake had a publicized feud with Meek Mill, which resulted in numerous diss tracks between the two of them. One would assume that Whataburger and White Castle chose different sides for this battle, but they both were behind Drake after the “Back to Back Freestyle,” which has the rapper spewing the vicious line “You love her then you gotta get a world tour/ Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?”
3) Champagne Papi
Drake has been producing music under the name Champagne Papi. Some of the songs he worked on include ASAP Rocky’s platinum selling single “F**king Problems” and several of his own tracks, including “The Real Her” and “Cameras.” Drake has also written songs for acts such as Rita Ora (“R.I.P.”) and Alicia Keys (“Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”).
2) Earlier Material
While most people recognize Drake from blowing up on the scene with his 2009 So Far Gone EP, the actually released his first mixtape in 2006. Titled Room For Improvement, the 23 song release featured guest appearances from Nickelus F, Lupe Fiasco, and Slakah the Beatchild. His second mixtape Comeback Season was released a year later.
1) Voice Acting
Aside from his stint on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake has also done some voice acting work as Ethan in the film Ice Age: Continental Drift and its accompanying video game Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games. He was slated to lend his voice to the video game Gears of War 3, but scheduling conflicts prevented this from happening.
With the two reportedly working on a song together, the real test is to see if they can actually work out. Both have very busy schedules; Drake is touring the globe consistently, and JLo is busy in the acting world with several projects lined up in the near future. Drake doesn’t seem like the type to settle down right away, and JLo, who is 17 years older than him, has two kids and probably wants someone who can be there for them. Whatever may happen, both of these artists will certainly still be at the top of their game.