Drake, the rapper formerly known as Degrassi star Aubrey Graham, chatted about his acting past in a recent interview with W magazine. At 14, he starred as Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen soap — but in the interview, he revealed that he was eventually kicked off the show for focusing too much on his music career. Hit the jump to see exactly what happened.

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Drake explains the struggles of balancing rapping and acting.

Back then, I’d spend a full day on set and then go to the studio to make music until 4 or 5 a.m. I’d sleep in my dressing room and then be in front of the cameras again by 9 a.m. Eventually, they realized I was juggling two professions and told me I had to choose. I chose this life.

His two worlds did collide from time to time; Drake occasionally rapped on the show. True Degrassi fans may also remember watching a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary about Drake’s life when he was on the series, in which he talked about his love of music and rapped a couple of bars he was working on.