Serious Question: When Will These Boys Become Men?

November 18, 2014  |  

Drake and Tyga’s social media tit-for-tat reminds me of junior high school. While we weren’t as well-versed in the Internet back then, the pettiness was ever-present in spirited cafeteria arguments that sometimes amounted to hand-to-hand combat. The difference between then and now is that these boys, who are really grown men, are allowed to be much more passive aggressive. The ability to use memes, lofty hashtags and subliminally tweet are the ultimate knockout punches in this new age of “bullying” and “beefing.”

The problem is, Drake just turned 28 years old and Tyga is closing in on 25 with a birthday this week. When will these oversized boys become actual men?

It’s sad to see two successful rappers trading barbs on Instagram and Twitter as though they are running for some form of office. It doesn’t build their brand. It puts their immaturity on a pedestal. Worst of all, it forces the women who choose to form relationships with them to be a part of the drama, and to be seen as mere objects; pawns in their virtual game to pass around, exploit their sexual pasts with (whether factual or not) and spike views courtesy of their drama. There’s nothing cute about virtually flirting with the ex-girlfriend and mother of your adversary’s child to get to them, nor is it to cute to palm the backside of another man’s ex and make her the main love interest in your music video to get even. C’mon now…

If you’ve missed the pissing contest, Tyga sounded off about his discontent with fellow Young Money labelmates Drake and Nicki Minaj in an interview with VIBE Magazine: “I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people,” he explains. “We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together.”

Drake responded with a liking-spree of the pictures of Tyga’s ex-girlfriend, Blac Chyna, and members of his OVO crew took subliminal jabs at his estranged labelmate. Cute.

It all culminated in Blac Chyna’s Twitter account being hacked, with someone allegedly running off a string of tweets as Chyna in a full confession to being a gold digger and more. This came after she posted a s*xy Instagram pic that she tagged the “Take Care” rapper in.

Throwing Blac Chyna, Kylie Jenner and Drake’s ex, Dollicia Bryan, in the mix made the drama even more intriguing, and even more sad for the rappers. Supposedly, the two have a record in the works. Wouldn’t it be entertaining if the two came together, held hands and let it all go on wax? If Drake and Chris Brown could do it, why not? At the end of the day though, it would be a cheap tactic for attention and spins for a record that would’ve garnered attention regardless.

Cyber bullying is a real issue in our communities. It is incredibly hard to fight and contain these days, and it becomes even harder to stop when those with notoriety and fame do more work to keep it going in our society as a way to demean versus helping to combat it. It is time to hang up the lethal assaults that are bound to 140 characters and move on to handling things the adult way: a phone call or meeting.

Stop dragging your dirty laundry, drama and the past women in your life along these E-streets, fellas.

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