One thing that long-running (and still running) Canadian teen drama Degrassi has always done well is avoiding getting too preachy about young adult issues. Throughout its initial run it tackled various rites of passage (sex, drugs, sexuality) with a bit of heart and a minimum of soapboxing.
And, for the most part, this approach has continued from the late-’80s-early-’90s original series into the Next Generation, which kicked off in 2001 and introduced the world to a young Drake (then known as Aubrey Graham), who played the popular Jimmy Brooks.
Despite this lack of heavy-handed moralising, the show’s storylines about drug experimentation never really had a happy ending. Which is why this video of Drake grabbing his double-cup and doing a shot of (maybe) lean from a brand new Grammy award will always have a special place in my heart.
Drake Australia and New Zealand headline shows
Monday February 23 – Auckland | Vector Arena (All Ages)
Wednesday February 25 – Sydney | Allphones Arena (All Ages)
Friday February 27 – Melbourne | Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)
Tuesday March 3 – Perth | Perth Arena (All Ages)
Thursday March 5 – Brisbane | Entertainment Centre (All Ages)
Jimmy ethers ex-girlfriend Ashley with this freestyle.
“And you do dinners at French Laundry in Napa Valley / Scallops and glasses of Dolce, that shit’s right up your alley.” Drake’s interest in fine dining started early.
Jimmy is shot in the back by outcast Rick.
And then this happened during his physical rehabilitation, later going on to become one of the most Tumblr’d GIFs known to humankind.
We’ll just leave you guys with this GIF of Jimmy and Ashley, from a simpler timer. Nothing was the same.