Rapper Drake has enjoyed a pretty unconventional rise to fame, but he proved recently that he’s always got time for his day ones. The “Started From the Bottom” singer recently reconnected with his roots by posing for a photo with some of his former “Degrassi: The Next Generation” co-stars.
Amid his very public feud with fellow rapper Meek Mill, Entertainment Tonight reports that Drake showed up to support two of his fellow “Degrassi” alumni, Al Mukaddam and Mazin Elsadig, at a screening for their new web series, “We Are Disorderly.” While there, he posed for pictures with the two stars as well as other former cast members Daniel Clark (Sean Cameron), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco Del Rossi), and Lauren Collins (Paige Michalchuk).
— People magazine (@people) August 6, 2015
For those that have the misfortune of not being familiar with Drake’s history on the show, he joined the cast of the Canadian high school drama as Jimmy Brooks in 2001. As MTV News notes, he was the focal point of one of the most dramatic moments to hit the show’s 14 season-long history. Jimmy spent a good portion of the series in a wheelchair after he was the victim of a school shooting by a very troubled fellow student. He left the show in 2009 with a very nice sendoff in which he proposed to his longtime girlfriend just as the character’s music career was taking off. Now, despite a very lucrative career as a rapper, Drake proved that he’s willing to take a step backwards to acknowledge where he came from and the people he came up with.
— Yahoo Canada (@YahooCanada) August 6, 2015
It’s been a tumultuous year for “Degrassi” fans as it was revealed that TeenNick and its Canadian partners would cancel the show after the latest season. Just when fans were getting ready to weep and sign their yearbooks for the last time, Netflix, as it often does, rolled in at the eleventh hour to save the day. Most of the principal cast that ended on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” will return for Netflix’s new property – “Degrassi: Next Class,” which will debut in 2016.
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful that any of the former cast members pictured above will reprise their roles in the new season – especially Drake whose career as a big-time recording artist kept him from appearing in the recent retrospective on the series, titled, “It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments.”