Before R&B sensation Drake or “Dizzy Drake”, was in with the Young Money crew he had a leading role in Degrassi as character Jimmy Brooks. Jimmy gets broken up with repeatedly and literally shot in the back, which results in his being confined to a wheelchair. Though he overcomes adversity and discovers his musical talent through this disability, he still gets his heart broken a third time.
Maybe it’s this Degrassi baggage that’s been weighing down on the young Canadian, but something is on Drake’s mind. He’s single-handedly making R&B Emo—that’s right, Emo-Emo. R. Kelly’s “It Seems Like Your Ready” R&B, is suddenly a whole lot less unapologetically sexual and strong—now R&B has…feelings.
Let’s check Drake’s twitter: Back then it was weed, girls, and basketball...now its greed, hurt, and alcohol...but love never dies.
He just wrote the word “hurt”. Would Trey “Which One Of Y’all’s Going Home With Trigga?!” Songz, tweet about ambiguous depression and redemptive love? I think not. Hip Hop and R&B is generally quite boastful. Take fellow chart topper Soulja Boy and his hit “Pretty Boy Swag” as an example. It goes like this:
All the girls are on me, damn/ Everybody pay attention/This right here is my pretty boy swag (ayeee)/Pretty boy swag(ayye)x3/Girls on my dick when I pretty boy swag/Girls scream my name when I pretty boy swag.
..And than he calls himself sexy like four times. Drake has taken a more humble route; you can almost always tell one of his songs because there’s a line about dying alone or not being married at thirty. Maybe he needs to see “Eat Pray Love” for a little inspiration. Either way, I appreciate the change in R&B subject matter, even if it does get a little self-indulgently sad at times. We’re just going to have to wait and see if Drake finds his love, even though Ashley didn’t want to get back with Jimmy.
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