Drake and his awkward place in Hip Hop Culture

DrakeOver the years of listening to hip hop continuously, I learned that there were three types of rappers in that hip hop music consists of: you have the “rappers rapper“, the one who everybody in hip hop culture, fan or rapper, consigns. The mainstream rappers, who have the appeal of hip hop heads and the MTV audience, then you just have the wack rappers who dumb themselves down to be wack and irrelevant.  A common trait the first two types of rappers usually share is that regardless of one’s success, they each have two things they have going for them: Being authentic and having respect in the hip hop culture. Kanye West and Jay-Z is respected just as much as Raekwon or Big Daddy Kane. Well Kanye may not be seen in the same light as Kane, but you won’t hear snarls or grunts from the average hip hop head if Kanye’s rap skills is brought up.  As for the rapper Drake? Well…

No respect

The past few years, mainstream music has seen Drake come in and essentially dominate and he recognizes himself rightfully so as a part of the elite in rap. His style of music, which isn’t common in hip hop (whining over girls, his infatuation over stripper girls, depressed over a missed opportunity over girls, and oh yeah partying and fame) has appealed to the teenage boys, girls, and the mainstream blogs. I even personally believe that he influenced those corny quote pages on twitter and what not.

But one particular group Drake has yet to win over and probably never will is of course the hip hop heads. Doesn’t matter if you’re a fan, a blogger, or a rapper, hip hop heads usually don’t respect him at all. Dude is the most dissed rapper since Ja Rule in his post-Down 4 U era. When I say a hip hop head, I mean the “my favorite rapper is Rakim/Nas, and my favorite rap group is  ATCQ/The Roots/De La Soul” type hip hop fans.  They are accustomed to raw lyrical abilities, so Drakes case is new to them. Hip hop heads will probably say, “Yeah, Drakes a dope rapper and all, but he’s mad corny and soft“. If I had a nickel every time I heard an older friend/family member/blogger/Charlamagne tha God quoted that about him, who knows the amount of money I would have.  The shots at Drake are daily, and as long as Aaliyah stay on his back, it will continue.

The Beef

To hip hop cultures respect, Drake does everything wrong in terms of masculinity. Nothing’s wrong with being emotional, but the repetitive whining, raps on lost love chances, and softness just seem to grind their gears. It doesn’t help that to them he’s now trying to be hard (Mad at the tattoo man for tattooing his name on a girls forehead, the songs Lord Knows, Right Above it, and we just can’t forget the Headlines video, Nike Gloves!) that causes his obvious disdain within the rap community.

Being authentic is everything in rap music.  You don’t have to be the hardest dude to touch the mic, or brag about being a huge ladies man; most rap fans just want their favorite artist to keep it simple. AKA: Be a man. Act the part. Leave the R&B songs and crooning to the R&B singers.  That’s obviously the part where Drake falters and is dismissed as soft and not a true MC.

Spit yo game

I talked to my friend Tab and she just absolutely does not like Drake at all. Tab is 18, but most of her fellow peers love and is fascinated by him. The Marvins Room video up above is one main reasons his constantly dissed and ridiculed. I began realizing the lyrics are something I would expect a high schooler to say. “F**k that n***a that you love so bad/I know you still think about the times we have”  or “I’m just saying, you can do better”.  Drake is at the bar drunk, caught in his feelings, and like Charlamagne said, Drake created the “Player-hater anthem”. But regardless, this past summer Facebook posts and tweets/retweets on my twitter timeline consisted of these very lyrics from the 20 & younger (my generation) But I didn’t like it and just about every person over 25 I conversed with didn’t either. That’s when I realized usually the men 25 & older grew out of the “simping” stage probably while they were in college or so. So to them, crying over a female is seen as weak, effeminate, and not being a real man.


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