Let’s be honest: Drake’s a misogynist

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Drake’s newly released joint album with rapper 21 savage caused a stir on social media.

From throwing shots at Meg Thee Stallion, labeling Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian a groupie and spilling the tea about rapper IceSpice, “Champagne Papi” is being dubbed misogynistic Papi. Since the release of “Her Loss” on Nov. 4, people have shared their thoughts on the shots Drake seemed to have taken toward each woman and claimed he was giving “sassy” vibes with each shot.

The most prominent attack was aimed at Megan Thee Stallion on “Circo Loco.” Drake raps, “This bitch lie ’bout getting shots, but she still a stallion” — a pretty obvious reference to Megan, who Tory Lanez allegedly shot in 2020. Megan, who’s already had to defend her attacking claims from Lanez and others, accused Drake of “using my shooting for clout” and supporting one of his “homeboys” in a tweet published on the Vulture.com website. Some artists came to Drake’s defense, one being Lil Yachty who claims Drake is talking about women getting butt shots and still being called stallions for their natural body looks. But some say it’s too close to the situation, and rapping about a traumatizing moment for Black women shouldn’t be in the following rap lyrics.

What could have been a discussion on Drake’s continuous lyricism on his new album and his unmatched collaborations stirred up a conversation about how messy and problematic he’s been towards Black women. Drake is a rapper who has everything under control. Nevertheless, being in that pocket makes the toxicity we’ve come to anticipate from the “Nice Guy of Rap” inevitable. Call it as you please, but it just shows Drake choosing his side in the situation, and frankly, nobody will care about it, so why rap about it?

“Her Loss” is an album that perfectly reflects who Drake is, a man who composes himself as the complete package to other women and those who are ever so lucky to be with him should indeed feel lucky, and for those who declined, well, that’s their loss. A TikTok user shared her thoughts and said, “Drake could’ve spoken about anything else but took his time to disrespect Black women instead of giving them their flowers. Using a Black woman’s trauma and calling out someone’s husband is disrespectful and shouldn’t be tolerated.”

How can someone who says they love Black women continuously tear them down?

Tracey Mocombe, a political science student at Florida A&M, said, “I’m a huge Drake fan, but it wasn’t necessary for him to even call out Serena’s husband, and I’m glad he clapped back because you damn right, at least this groupie got married to Serena Williams and he has money too. So who really lost?”

Drake is a celebrity, and there is no disputing it. However, he also has significant supervillain characteristics and often attacks the women he supposedly loves the most with the use of his resources and platform. We ought to be open and transparent about the person he is, the magnitude of the harm that his acts may have perpetrated over time, and why we have long ignored him. What does our endless love of Drake despite his behavior say about us if he continues to release misogynist music?