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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:09 p.m. ET

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Before he was one of the most critically acclaimed musicians of his generation, Drake played Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation for eight years. If you're only accustomed to seeing him as a cool rapper, get ready to have your world view shifted significantly.

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Look at little cutie Jimmy in the first season! Here he is saying "shut up," as seventh graders often do.

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He still had that Drake swag, though.

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And he kept his friends in line with fantastic takedowns.

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Despite this hairline, he was pretty good with the ladies.

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The show did a Breakfast Club homage, like every teen drama should.

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Jimmy didn't love getting a Saturday detention, however.

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The character was known for being just a sweet, good guy who was everybody's pal.

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He was the most outright defender of Marco, the first kid to come out of the closet on the show.

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The show didn't hold a whole lot of dramatic tension for Jimmy, who was also a trust-fund kid who usually had a girlfriend, Ashley. That is, until bullied kid Rick got the Carrie treatment, and decided to retaliate.

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Other characters incorrectly gave Rick the idea that Jimmy was behind the bullying. So he shot him in the back.

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Uh oh, Jimmy Brooks. He survived the shooting but ended up paralyzed from the waist down. He stayed in a wheelchair for the remainder of the series.

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It was very sad news for Jimmy and his love life, but on the bright side...

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It allowed Drake to really show off his acting chops.

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Who knew he was such a gifted rapper and musician?!

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Anyway, his solid girlfriend Hazel stuck with him during the shooting and long afterwards.

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Eventually Jimmy graduated high school.

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Jimmy had loads of pipe dreams on the show, including a music career (obviously Drake had to work some rapping into the show somehow!), and using his wealth to open a t-shirt store with his BFF.

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He had an on-again, off-again relationship with first love Ashley for his entire eight years on the show, and it ended with one of his most awesome moments ever!

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