It’s fun to make fun of Drake. It really is. You can call him all sort of light skinned names. You can make fun of the faces he makes. You can talk about his apparent obsession with having his heart broken so that he can rap and sing about it. The list goes on.
In case you didn’t know, the other day, Meek Mill went on a Twitter rant against the King of All Things Light Skinned (see) where he claimed that Drake didn’t write his own lyrics. Drake has no reason to really be worried about Meek Mill and his claims though. Why?
1. Drake has no street credit to speak of. Drake has always come across like that one poetic friend you have who doesn’t really blossom until college when they find an audience for their weird, emotional poetry. We all became familiar with Drake by watching him play Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi. He was a child actor who grew up with money and then decided to rap. I don’t think many people had high expectations from him.
2. Meek Mill thinks he’s popular now and it’s going to his head. Something I read on Twitter once read, “The first time you experience popularity, you’ll probably mistake it for love. But these people don’t love you shawty.” This is the case of Meek Mill. He’s now finally gaining recognition, due in no small part to the fact that he’s dating Nicki Minaj. In fact, the major news outlets that have no idea who he is and for the most part have to start off their description of him as “Nicki Minaj’s Boyfriend…”. Damn bruh, you can’t even get your own name yet.
3. Even if Drake isn’t writing his own lyrics and it’s a known secret, they’re still his experiences. Drake writes about women. Women love Drake. Women hurt him. He writes about them. It’s a simple process.
4. Drake’s music still bumps. This is kind of self explanatory but I’ll explain anyway. Drake doesn’t make bad music. Even the album, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, which we all figured out was an album of throwaway tracks to fulfill his contractual obligations went hard. Meek Mill is still too busy screaming on every track like he’s trying to avoid getting his ass whooped.
5. White people don’t care. White people buy music. This isn’t to say that other cultures and races don’t. However, white people really still buy music that they like. Artists like Taylor Swift and Sam Smith don’t go platinum for no reason at all. White people go out and buy their music. Drake is a non-threatening enough rapper for white people to like. Only Drake has suburban white kids who’ve never experienced the ‘bottom’ singing about how they started from the bottom. As long as Drake keeps putting out good music, white people will buy it. They’ll keep money in his pockets for him to waste on strippers and the cycle can begin again.