Why Drake was the king of 2016

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Early this year, a few of us joked that a certain homegrown hip-hop superstar had become so gifted at keeping himself in the headlines that we could easily fill a regular column space with his exploits. “This Week in Drake” was born — and for a time, we could have easily spun it into a “Daily Drake.” We couldn’t get enough of him this year, it seems. And why not? It really was his year. As he approached his 30th birthday, Aubrey Drake Graham released a chart-topping, meme-making album, broke music streaming records, broke a whiskey sales record and had rumoured romances with two beautiful top-tier singers. He can probably be credited with this past summer’s considerable bump in Toronto tourist visits too.In the meantime, we’ve kept on filling a regular column space with his exploits. And now, here we all are, contemplating the highlights from This Year in Drake together.Article Continued BelowJANUARY Jan. 29: Drake once again proudly proclaims himself contemporary hip-hop’s preeminent spokesman for bein’ good to the moms by feting mother Sandi Graham’s birthday into the wee hours at Fring’s, the King West joint he silent partners with Toronto celebrity chef Susur Lee. Many a fond photo is posted to Instagram. FEBRUARY

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