Drake has had most of us in a chokehold for most of his career. This has prevented us from calling him out on time for his problematic behavior, but perhaps it’s time.

Drake has been in the headlines lately for a string of things, including legal admonishments from Vogue and throwing unwarranted shade at Megan Thee Stallion. His recent joint project with 21 Savage, dubbed Her Loss rubbed people the wrong way for a lot of reasons, but what many people are finding especially unnerving was his seeming disrespect to Serena Williams and Megan Thee Stallion. When Drake started to become a staple in the mainstream, many of us liked him for his fresh face and the seeming confidence that he seemed to exude through his braggadocios lyrics. What many of us failed to notice were the problematic lyrics and the general problematic nature of Mr. Champagne Papi. My second theory is that perhaps we noticed it, but ignored it because his grandiose bravado was too enticing. Never again.

Unprovoked Attacks

Drake’s recent antics can be dismissed as an artist simply being “expressive,” but I personally think that there is a thin line between artistry and unnecessary troublemaking. Drake’s recent offering brought the old school misogynoir that Hip Hop is desperately trying to rid itself of to the forefront. As if calling Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian a “groupie” unprovoked in his song wasn’t enough, the Canadian rapper opted to “push the needle” further by insinuating that Megan Thee Stallion was not truthful about her predicament with Tory Lanez.


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This is not the first time that Drake is being accused of being problematic. For years, we were tricked by his “nice guy” persona, the charming smile, the swag and everything else, but it is time to see “Marvin’s Room” crooner for who he is, and it is everything but “nice.” It is hard to hold someone accountable who gave us certain hits and shifted culture, but that is exactly why it is so important to do.