Drake has been a cross-platform cultural phenomenon during the 2010s. The songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether on his own chart-topping releases or through a long string of guest appearances on hits by the likes of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky. Each one of the former child actor's albums, as well as a 2015 mixtape co-billed with Future, topped the charts in his native Canada and in the U.S. Though he caroused with his most hedonistic contemporaries, Drake has been frequently praised for his sensitive, introspective approach to rap and R&B. ~ Andy Kellman