Drake: Why Is He Considered A B**** in The Hip-Hop Community?

Drake: Why Is He Considered A B**** in The Hip-Hop Community?

Drake.

A rapper on the Young Money label.

Everytime I hear about this guy a few popular definitions seem to find their way out of the mouths of certain hip-hop consumers. The first of which is that people see him still as Jimmy "Wheelchair Jimmy" Brooks from Degrassi: The Next Generation. He hasn't been on that show for a good long while and yet folks still seem increasingly irritated that a Canadian teen soap actor became one of the most popular rappers in recent history.

Ron Howard, who perhaps for a long time was considered either Opie from The Andy Griffith Show or Richie from Happy Days, now is seen as a successful producer and director. I think would be a mistake to try and compare the careers of these two individuals, but the general point I'm making is that they have moved so far from what they started out with that it makes no sense to keep attaching their names to the past.

I'm not a Drake fan, but I can recognize a bit of the reason he's hyped so much when I hear a song like "Marvin's Room" or "Successful". I don't honestly care for the songs that corner him in the now overcrowded gangsta/party rap sub section of the genre. For this reason unfortunately, a certain faction of the hip-hop community seem to respect him less because he's sending the signal that he is a loser and unable to "man up".

Estelle,  who hasn't really been on the radar as far as I know since "American Boy", decided she couldn't take him seriously recently while doing an interview in Washington, DC with DJ Iran at 93.9 WKYS:

“He’s an emo singer, I don’t ever want to hear him sing about girls the way he sings about girls, I need to respect him.”

I take it she hates Coldplay.

Some  Necole Bitche commentors decided to go in on the man most recently because he openly admitted he missed talking with Nicki Minaj:

this b*tch is always in his damn feelings..UGH..such a fkn turnoff..i’m sorry, but i DO NOT like sensitive men..

DRAKE IS SUCH A SIMP…..WOMEN DONT RESPECT SIMPS, THEY ONLY USE THEM!!

Drake is a pussy. Nicky or Rihanna don’t want you. You are always begging for it. Its a turn off.
Rihanna said she likes a challenge, you are no challenge. She can tell you to sit and you will sit, she can tell you to jump and you will jump. You are too weak to a be a man. Some woman one day will mess you all up. Get some back bone and some swagger.

If Rhianna says she's likes a challenge, then perhaps she needs to get back with Chris Brown.

Back to Drake.

I don't see anything in his personality that says he is either a weakling or a b****.

The guy likes to pour his emotions out sometimes.

Real men do that.

The tough guy love affair in the hip-hop community needs to stop.

Drake is going to be what he is. Asking him to grow a set because of unwritten lame rules of how to be a man is supposed to be goes against what it means to be human. Even the toughest of rappers, especially in this economy, can't possibly be all that tough with them constantly worrying about where the money is going to come from in the future.

Simply put, stop it with the "Drake is a b****" nonsense.

 

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  • Doesn't anyone with taste hate Coldplay?
    Letting people get free from their pasts is key. Mark Wahlberg's answer on ITAS to the Pivot questionairre's "What word do you not like?" was "Is 'Marky Mark' a word?'

    Nope, but we get the point.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Coldplay isn't all that. They did a few songs that I like thou. I admit the lead singer's voice can grate on the soul at times. You can't deny however that he knows how to be angsty.

  • so funny. I think Drake is just okay. I thought his one track, called Successful was honest. I think he probably gets a little heat because he's Canadian ( I guess they aren't raised on hard knock streets like other Crap Artist in the U.S.).

    He also reminds me of Ja Rule, with less crooning. If you recall, Ja Rule had a slew of songs out geared toward women and was actually challenged and bumped by 50 cent for not being I guess tough enough. Hip Hop music now is all about being tough and hard, so if you don't have a record or aren't on trial for something, I guess you don't pass the sniff test.

    Too bad. I think there is ample room for all the Crap Artist out there right now. Drake included.

  • In reply to J. Kay:

    Ja Rule came off as thuggish to me. Drake seems to be a better balance of the two. I think that works as a better forumla if done right.

  • I'm rolling with Drake forever! (Well, at least until/if he starts going left.) Linking is usually annoying to me, but at this point, I think I've said all I can say about the reason I'm a Drake fan here. But I do want to point out one thing. Folks are so incredibly irritated that he's not trying to come off like he doesn't have a heart, like it's impossible to love a woman or impossible to just be chill meanwhile these folks are rocking to Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss" and Pharrell's "Frontin." Folks were even blasting Snoop's "Beautiful." Why can't he just be happy and charming and make music the streets can listen to? People are acting like this is an absolutely baffling idea, but those who grew up listening to Big Daddy Kane know he was one of the original "smooth operators." I recently saw Big Daddy Kane on TV One, and he talked about how while the west coast was rapping about gangsta stuff and it just wasn't in his element to call women out of their names (yeah, I know Drake does) and not rhyme about negativity, it's just in him. Can we not have balance? Why is it a man is considered a man only if he's rapping about raping daughters right in front of you (DMX), rapping about selling drugs (T.I., Biggie, Jay-Z again, etc.), rapping about hitting women (Eminem), rapping about strippers (Ying Yang Twins or T-Pain). The same folks who don't like him probably think Tami from "Basketball Wives" is the best person and the "realest" on the show, completely disregarding that being negative as hell does not make you "real." It makes you sound bitter. And a lot of these rappers sound absolutely bitter. Bitter folks don't want to listen to someone celebrate. BTW, I didn't watch "Degrassi" before Drake came out. I'd never heard of it, but I did go on Netflix and watch seven seasons of it after I became a fan of his. It didn't sway my opinion in anyway. I honestly thought he became cuter because of the show, especially on the third season when they cut class and went on the roof. He and Hazel and that necklace scene was cute. The thing is I could see Drake doing that stuff in real life. Lil' Wayne said he wanted his artists on Young Money to just be themselves. And (although I don't know him) it appears he is being himself. Bitter folks who just can't stand a man admiring a woman instead of calling her the b-word, talking about EVERYBODY he's slept with (yeah, Drake isn't getting into the habit of doing that, too, but it sounds like he regrets it instead of celebrating it) and threatening to strong arm her (Webbie on "Gimme That"). It just amazes me how we've decided to connect "man" or "rapper" to "angry-as-hell-must-kill-everybody-disrespect-women-sell-drugs-or-just-stopped." WTF?

  • I always thought Drake would eventually take the Will Smith blueprint.

  • This has a simple answer. Drake was on a children's tv show called Degrassi high. To some..he will never live that down.

  • Drake has serious skills as a rapper, sings well and is talented, no doubt. He does well rapping solo but his strength is guest appearing on other rappers work (see Lil Wayne), and mixing it up with singing hooks and rapping on his own work. He is not LIl Wayne, its not his style, so he's bi-racial from Toronto and was on DeGrassi High, so what, my man has skills on the mic. He ain't Will Smith, I don't hate him either but Drake can come on the mic as hard as anyone. He has a clear flow, can have a mean demeanor and is clever with is lyrics.
    I thought he got robbed being named the best new artist at the Grammys last year (who knows they might have thought he was too hard), but as an African American man from a middle class family.
    I'm tired that we have to be "hard" to be seen as real. We work hard, stay legal, provide for our families and keep it real but keeping it prosperous and legit, ain't nothin' realer than a man doing honest work and working hard. It was good enough for my grandfather, my father and my uncle, its good enough for me.

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