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Launched in 2015 with Toronto chef Susur Lee, Fring’s on King Street offers Asian delicacies and a potential glimpse of the artist, known to eat there often. (Just don’t confuse it with Drake One Fifty on York Street, which conveniently plays his beats over the music system even though he has no involvement in the restaurant.)
In June 2016, Drake launched Virginia Black whiskey, which sold 30,000 cases worldwide in its first year and has more than 64,000 followers on Instagram (not too shabby, unless it’s compared with Drake’s 38 million). His father, Dennis Graham, is the face of the ad campaign.
Drake’s OVO Sound (OVO for October’s Very Own, the rapper’s birth month) is distributed through Warner Bros. Records. This fall, the label released albums from Canadian rapper PartyNextDoor and Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan (pictured).
A London OVO Store is scheduled to open Nov. 17, marking the fifth in Drake’s growing clothing empire. The opening of a flagship Toronto branch in August at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre drew huge crowds (pictured).
This year marked the eighth annual incarnation of Drake’s Toronto OVO Fest that now boasts a replica CN Tower stage for its star host. Eminem, Lil Wayne and Jay Z (pictured) are frequent performers.
The rapper's endorsement deals with Sprite and Nike Brand Jordan contributed to his $94 million in earnings in 2017, according to Forbes.