Here’s Everything That’s Happened in Drake’s Life Since ‘More Life’ Dropped
"My life is centered 'round competition and currency/Takin' summer off, 'cause they tell me I need recovery/Maybe gettin' back to my regular life will humble me/I'll be back in 2018 to give you the summary/More Life" —Drake
In the final lines of "Do Not Disturb," the pensive closing track to Drake's 2017 playlist More Life, Drizzy reflects on his hectic rap star existence and insinuates a break might be on the horizon in order to enjoy his vitality. And while Drake hasn't quite gone hermit in the past 365 days, the Toronto rapper has definitely been enjoying some much-deserved "me time."
Since March 18, the release date of his platinum playlist, the 6ix God has maintained a presence in the news cycle. He's extinguished beef and sparked dating rumors. He's rubbed elbows, bumped shoulders, filled venues to capacity and literally celebrated more life. It's been quite the eventful past 12 months for the rap star, which also saw him release his Scary Hours EP in January, featuring the mega hit "God's Plan."
In March, Aubrey announced he was back working on a new album for Toronto. Implying we could be getting more views from the 6 soon, he told fans at a Toronto Raptors game, "I love each and every one of you, I'm happy to be home. I'm working on this new album for the city. Yeah, that's right."
Instead of waiting for Drake to give us his promised rundown of what's been going on since More Life, XXL compiled a list of most of the things Drizzy has gotten into since he put out his most recent playlist. One year later, how is he the man still?
Two days after More Life is released, Drizzy got a new tattoo of a bottle of Drakkar Noir cologne in reference to his former Twitter handle @Drakkardnoir.
Drake posted a photo on Instagram of himself with his mother and singer Sade Adu, captioning the pic, "Two very important ladies in my life."
Inspired by his meeting with Sade a couple days prior, Drizzy got a tattoo of the singer on his ribs.
Drake cancelled the Amsterdam shop on his Boy Meets World tour after getting food poisoning. Fans were a little upset.
Aubrey felt the wrath of XXXTentacion after the Florida rapper called him a bitch, claiming Drake stole his flow from the track "Look at Me."
Drake joined "One Dance" collaborator WizKid on his new track "Come Closer."
Drizzy expanded his OVO brand overseas, adding to his locations in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto by opening a store in London.
Drake is announced as having a starring role in the London-based TV series Top Boy, to which he purchased the rights in 2016.
The OVO head honcho purchased a $120,000 OVO owl chain from celebrity jeweler Ben Baller. The piece features a mix of 40 carat blue, canary and white VVS diamonds and some pink sapphires.
Former couple Drake and Rihanna ended up at the same kid's birthday party and things looked a bit... awkward.
Following Coachella 2017, Drake accused The Madison Club of racial profiling, calling the resort, "The most offensive place I have ever stayed."
Aubrey reached out to rival Kendrick Lamar via social media and gives him props on his Damn album doing numbers.
Rick Ross announced his beef with Drizzy is dead after the two met up and settled their differences in a meeting set up by J. Prince.
While sitting courtside at a Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game, Drake bowed to Canadian rock legend Gord Downie when they saw each other during a break in the action.
Drizzy surprised his cousin Jalaah in Memphis by showing up to help send her off to prom.
Drake made a cameo as a fictionalized version of himself in the T-Dot Goon Scrap DVD 2. In the sketch, things go south for the rapper after he gives the Toronto-based comedians' DVD a bad review.
After long-standing feud, Aubrey and Tory Lanez finally deaded their beef, announcing the big news on Instagram with a photo of the two rappers posing together.
The Weeknd brought out Drake at the Toronto stop of his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour, and fans were treated to something they haven't seen in years: Aubrey and Abel performing their duet "Crew Love" live.
Drake scored a legal win after a judge ruled in his favor in a sample lawsuit over the Nothing Was the Same cut "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." The rapper's lawyers were able to convince the judge he fairly used the 1982 spoken-word track, "Jimmy Smith Rap."
Drake appeared on the DJ Khaled single "To the Max," off the We The Best CEO's Grateful album.
Since one is never enough, Drizzy went back to the ink man for yet another tattoo of Sade.
Drake released a new song called "Signs" during Louis Vuitton's Paris Fashion Week show for the brand's Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Young Thug is credited as a writer on the loosie.
The 6ix God blessed fans with a remix of the PartyNextDoor track "Freak in You" from PND's Colours 2 EP.
Drizzy teamed up with NBA on TNT to spoof the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry in a hilarious parody of the hit film Get Out.
The OVO rapper attended the birthday party of late rapper Chinx's son Nugget and helps wish the young man a happy born day.
Bossman Drizzy inked his longtime friend Baka to a recording contract with his OVO Sound imprint at an event attended by French Montana and others.
Drake kicked off the ad campaign for his Virginia Black whiskey line, taking subtle shots at Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World.
Drake's 2017 Houston Appreciation Weekend festivities included a faux retirement party for popular H-Town exotic dancers Lira Galore, Miracle Watts and Maliah Michel, complete with a jersey retirement ceremony.
Jay-Z's "money phone" line on "The Story of O.J." had a lot of rappers in their feelings. Drake appeared to respond via a video that shows him turning up with big stacks at the club.
More life, more ink! This time Drake got his big homie Lil Wayne's face tatted on his arm.
Drake kept the Virginia Black push going with two new hilarious ads featuring himself and his father.
At the 2017 OVO Festival, Aubrey announced he's about to be back cooking up a new album. "I'm about to go back to making this new album in Toronto just for you," he told the crowd.
After their "Crew Love" reunion month's prior, Aubrey tells Abel at the 2017 OVO Festival that their joint-project is definitely on his to-do list.
Champagne Papi pitched in with the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey by donating $200,000 to NFL player J.J. Watt's fund to help victims.
Drake let fans know he's back in the booth, showing off a photo of himself laying down a track on Instagram.
Continuing his hurricane relief efforts, Drake delivered a speech for the Hand in Hand hurricane relief telethon, organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun.
Drake delivered the bad news of the death of his longtime friend Fif, who was gunned down in Toronto.
Drizzy got even more ink. This time, he paid homage to Fif with a portrait of his late pal and also added another celebrity tat of Denzel Washington.
Heartbreak Drake sparked dating rumors with supermodel Bella Hadid after he allegedly threw her lavish 21st birthday party at New York City's Socialista lounge.
The 6ix God popped in to see his homie Odell Beckham Jr. in the hospital, after the New York Giants' wide receiver suffered a serious ankle fracture that required surgery.
Drake paid homage to Gord Downie after the rocker died of brain cancer.
A day before his actual born day, Drake celebrated turning 31 with a star-studded, Andy Warhol-themed party that included Jamie Foxx, G-Eazy, Swae Lee, apl.de.ap, Diddy's son Justin Combs, NBA star Jordan Clarkson, former NBA star Lamar Odom, actors Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire and Drake's dad, Dennis Graham.
Drake made a statement by keeping his More Life playlist out of Grammy contention. The Academy never gets it right anyway.
Drake showed off his hoop skills on Instagram for rapper/b-ball skills coach Dribble2Much's #OneAndDoneChallenge.
The "God's Plan" rapper threatened a guy with the fade in the middle of his performances after noticing the dude being a perv. "If you don't stop touching girls, I'm gonna come out there and fuck you up," Drake stated to the man in the crowd.
The Toronto rapper proved his issues with Meek Mill are a thing of the past by shouting out the incarcerated rapper during a show in Melbourne, Australia.
Aubrey and Dennis rolled out another Virginia Black ad. This one features Nicole Murphy and shows Drizzy getting finessed by his pops.
The 6 God teamed with Atlanta rapper Trouble on the new track "Bring It Back," produced by Mike Will Made It.
Mr. Graham jokingly accused actress Angelina Jolie of standing him in an Instagram post.
The What a Time to Be Alive rapper partied with model Nicole Murphy for her 50th birthday celebration.
Drizzy and his longtime OVO affiliate Chubbs made money moves by opening a restaurant in Toronto named Pick 6ix.
Drake surprised the world with a new EP titled Scary Hours, which features the singles "God's Plan" and "Diplomatic Immunity." While the former broke Spotify's single-day streaming record, there was some controversy around the release, too. Texas producer Rabit accused Drake's artwork of biting one of his own tour posters.
October's Very Own was spotted posted up in the studio working on an upcoming collaboration with Latin trap artist Bad Bunny.
The Toronto rapper donated $50,000 to University of Miami student Destiny Paris to help pay her tuition.
This happened today. I applied to scholarships last year for which I had to write an essay. I received those scholarships and thought that was the end of it. Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments. I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I've been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate. This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition. @champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!!' You don't understand what this means to me! I would've never imagined this happening to me. I'm just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you. You are so great and amazing! Thank you for blessing me when I thought my hard work was going unnoticed. I'm living out my dreams. God's Plan
Continuing his philanthropic efforts in Miami, Drake donated $50,000 to Lotus House, a Miami homeless shelter for women and children, and another $50,000 for customers at a local supermarket.
After teasing the collab, Drake and BlocBoy JB joined forces on the new track "Look Alive."
Graham delivered his touching—and turnt—"God's Plan" video, revealing the totality of his Miami spending spree in the heartfelt visual. He said the video is the most important thing he's done in his career.
Drizzy straped on the skates and hit the rink for Floyd Mayweather Jr's birthday celebration at World of Wheels in Los Angeles.
Aubrey confirmed he's working on a new album for Toronto during a Raptors game.
Drake and Travis Scott played Fortnite with popular gamer Ninja. The celebrity-fueled game helps the popular Twitch streamer break a viewer record.
Drake linked up with Kanye West in 'Ye's newfound happy place in Jackson Hole, Wyo. to reportedly work on new music.
Before N.E.R.D.'s 2017 hit went sour, Drake hopped on the remix to "Lemon," unveiling the track on OVO Sound Radio.
Drake and Migos paid homage to Soul Train in the fun video for "Walk It Talk It," their Culture II collaboration.