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This caused Jas Prince to gift Lil Wayne the song, which prompted the rapper to invite Drake to Houston in order to join his Tha Carter III tour.Despite the collaborations between the duo, Drake was yet to be signed by Young Money Entertainment.It received over 2,000 downloads in the first 2 hours of release, finding mainstream commercial success due to the singles "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful", both gaining Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with the former also peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.This prompted the mixtape's re-release as an EP, featuring only four songs from the original, as well as the additions of the songs "I'm Goin' In" and "Fear".The mixtape featured Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco, and included vast production from Canadian producers Boi-1da, and Frank Dukes.
Bass guitarist Larry Graham and the late songwriter Teenie Hodges are his paternal uncles.Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s.Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement.Due to the economic status associated with the neighbourhood, Drake described the school as "not by any means the easiest school to go to.[It's tough]." a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate.