The thing that makes Drake so different in this rap game is the fact that he’s in touch with his feelings as a man. He raps about past relationships, the pain they brought him, and his quest for a “good girl.” And while that’s helped him sell records (just see the success of Nothing Was The Same so far, selling more than 600,000 albums in its first week) and gain the eyes of women admirers, it’s made him a running joke by men in Hip-Hop and online, who make memes about him being too emotional. They say things like, “Drake the type of dude that let his woman propose,” and “Drake’s the type of ni**a to send you a thank you card for coming to his bday party.”
Drake is very much aware of this shade, and in a recent interview with Jian Ghomeshi on Q with Jian Ghomeshi (info via Vibe) he opened up about how much such ridicule bothers him:
“I’m so sick of people saying that I’m lonely and emotional, and associating me with this longing for a woman. I hate that. It bothers me so much ’cause I do make music that makes you feel something but I’m actually not that guy in real life. I’m a happy person.”
It might help if his music wasn’t so centered on these things if he’s really trying to shake the “emotional” label. However, what’s really wrong with a man being in touch with his feelings? And as we can see, being such a man has worked in Drake’s favor. The women love him (who do you think is really buying his music?), and he’s uber-successful, so much so that he can wipe his emotional tears away with money. Seriously though, I’m sure the jokes about him can get annoying, but he has a lot to be thankful for to be out here wasting time being worried about someone spending most of their day at the crib making memes about him. Own it, bruh!
On a side note: In an effort to not look too emotional, Drake has decided to let Future back on his Would You Like A Tour? tour with Miguel. Future put out a statement yesterday confirming that all was well once again, and that the lawsuit he was planning to file isn’t happening anymore:
“I am set to continue as planned with Drake and Miguel on the Would You Like a Tour? tour slated to begin Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh. I’m looking forward to hitting the road this fall.”
And hopefully Future learned his lesson–don’t bite the hand that’s about to feed you…