Drake is the realest – ask Rick Ross

Who would have thought that hip-hop would eventually reach the point where a former child actor from a corporate spinoff of The Children of Degrassi Street would tout his street cred by citing a cosign from a fake drug dealer who used to be a cop?

The former child actor and the ex-cop I could kinda see, separate from one another. But combined like this, it’s almost too much for the brain to handle – especially on a day in which I finally got to try KFC’s epic Double Down sandwich. I joked on Twitter that I managed to down the entire thing, plus a side of potato wedges and a Diet Pepsi (which I really do drink for the taste) without stroking out or anything, but I may have spoken too soon.

That was before I read the pull quotes from the cover story of the next issue of XXL, with Drake and Nicki Minaj on the cover, presumably leaked to coincide the release of the video for “Over” – which is mad disappointing. The song is so gay, and the video is so drab that I couldn’t bring myself to watch it in its entirety. But I probably spent just as much time flipping through it, waiting for there to be tits – jumping back and forth between different points in the video, straining my one eye that still kinda works, to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Tha fuck?

There are two girls in the video (or is that just one, in different outfits? I couldn’t be bothered to look at her face), and it looks like they may have been cast to look like Jay-Z and Kanye’s… erm, women, Beyonce and Amber Rose. One of them’s got that short blonde afro, which is always more tolerable than it is genuinely desirable on a woman, regardless of who it is; and one of them’s light skinted but not that light skinted (god forbid she spent an afternoon outdoors), with the world’s most obvious weave, despite the resources at hand. I wonder if this was by design, to associate Drake with Jay-Z and Kanye West, in the minds of people easily swayed by music videos. In 2010.

If he wanted to make a video people actually like, he could have just cast a gang of women with proportionally huge, jiggly cans and had them run up and down stairs for no apparent reason, like he did in the video for “Best I Ever Had,” which had me kinda liking Drake, before he gave me so many reasons not to. Even if Kanye was too busy out in Hawaii crafting what sounds like a Peter Schilling-style unofficial, unsolicited sequel to Illmatic, minus the really good rapping (didn’t Non Phixion already try that a long time ago?), Drake probably could have pulled it off himself. He’s already got a lifetime of experience in film production. I could have assisted him with the casting, if he didn’t have the name of the agency where they found Shakur.

Not only is the video for “Over” completely unfapworthy, but seeing him make so many angry faces, like someone kicked his wheelchair, only serves to highlight how angry this song is, for no apparent reason. Who are these people that he didn’t know last year, and why is he so upset to see them? Is is because there’s too many black people, and that makes him nervous? As a fellow black man of questionable origin, I can certainly relate to this sentiment, but I’m not so sure there needs to be a song about. You get the idea that he needed to come up with a song that was very angry-sounding, the better to present himself to the world as a badass, and that was the best he could come up with, short of pretending to be an actual thug, which might not have gone over as well.

He’s obviously walking a very thin line between trying to rap like someone who might actually know from hardship and not drawing too much attention to the fact that he used to be on the Noggin Network. In that sense, mentioning Rick Ross in a litany of rappers who are known to have actually committed crimes (Young Jeezy, Turk, C-Murder), may have been on purpose. The idea may have been to make himself look that much more like a badass by making the rest of those guys seem less badass, by grouping them in with someone who’s such a phony. Think about it: He seems too sober and intelligent to not be aware that Rick Ross doesn’t belong anywhere on that list, and the TIs wouldn’t have leaked that quote on the same day as this new video, if they didn’t think it was in his best interest.

Drake just better hope that Rick Ross doesn’t look up from his trough of crab meats long enough to realize how Drake sorta kinda played him. Being an ex-cop is one thing, but being the guy who played Wheelchair Jimmy is something else altogether. Rawse might view this as the one battle he could actually win on principle. And you know he’s not too big on white people anyway.

  • .tony.

    “trough of crab meats”

    fucking lol.

    • valdez

      that shit had me rolling as well.

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • The Unknown

    I like huge jiggly cans……… I’m getting the strange sense that Drake will disapoint us with TML. They kind of missed the train when they had his buzz stupid crazy. Now they are over cookin my grits with the all out monster Drake media blitz………

  • http://SGM7@aol.com Tyler

    I’m Backkkkkk! I was away fora hot minute on a little bid ya’ dig but made it back & glad 2 ssee U still gettin your head crack game on keepin’ these obamas hella informed.. . Keep getting your grind on boy. Now I headed up 2 KFC 2 cop that. I bet even Megan Good ties ! of those!

    • The Decatur Dictator

      well Tyler, you didn’t miss nothing. Dummies are still waiting on Detox (like that’s ever coming out), and rap still blows like never before. The music from the south is still sounding like gabage…ie Gucci Mane and OJ the Toilet Water man. This crap sucks. We are in a transition like Ford was…rap will make garbage music until people just totally stop buying (like sell 3,000 units) then it will do something and revert to making some quality. So make a sandwich and grab the remote…it’s going to be a long ride.

  • http://ivybetty.com IB

    Drake is just a poor mans Kanye…he’s too formulaic and is turning out to be the new age Nelly…smh

    • AZ40

      thank u that’s what I said I’ll just stick wit’ the original

  • TRILL COSBY

    STFU u fat fucking nerd BOL, nigga u gonna get your ass whopped one day, that is if u ever leave your computer. U make no sense, that whole Drake Over review makes no sense what so ever, your reaching, jus looking for a reason to hate. Make a youtube video dissing all the rappers you dont like and we’ll see what happens, your the BLACK PEREZ HILTON you fat bitch.

    • El Tico Loco

      Damn man thank God Drake isn’t Britney Spears. Sheez!

  • Knowledge

    the title alone had me LMAO!!

  • beaver

    “but seeing him make so many angry faces, like someone kicked his wheelchair,”

    hahah mad funnyy..

    nice 1…

    • Sincere

      effing hilarious

  • http://myspace.com/gunrugladiators mav

    wow you cooked this one up kinda quick he probably did agree wit xxl talk bout ross just 4 bol to do something in a slow news cycle why no blog about the polish president? that shit about crab meats and sayin hes scared of the new black people was hilarious though that laugh alone is worth this the bullshit post im convinced bol likes drake alot lol bcuz hes never really dissed his music like does nas or jayz but if yall wanna hear non commerccial spittin check my link out you wont be dissapointed

  • mav

    im tired of people comparin drake to kanye west ye dont really write all his lyrics and his beats r better than his rhymes dude was pretty wack in the college dropout days and do yall remember that wack ass verse on without the bounce on jayz bp2 thats like comparin drake to doctor dre the shit dont make sense

    • The Decatur Dictator

      Now that’s where I have to stop you son, Kanye actually kept rap alive when all we was hearing was that “snap” music. Remember that? (Hmms…bass drum, snap…bass drum snap…)let’s not forget that. All but 808 has been fire, the production has been on point (exceptional actually) and his verses have been good. His metaphor game is sick. I’m not riding, but Drake is boring man. Singing in Vocoder on the hooks, using Kanye’s style on his songwriting (not rapping)

  • mav

    i could just picture bol watchin degrassi fantasizin about then white teenage girls…

    • cmoney91

      manny santos ftw

  • http://j-mace.deviantart.com Shawty J

    “Not only is the video for “Over” completely unfapworthy, but seeing him make so many angry faces, like someone kicked his wheelchair:

    Damn….ROFL

    On another note, Rick Ross was never a cop, he was just a prison guard.

    • Worley

      Guards are the police in prison. Many of them have civilian carry permits too. They can shoot your ass and wait for the real police to arrive.

  • Worley

    “a corporate spinoff of The Children of Degrassi Street would tout his street cred by citing a cosign from a fake drug dealer who used to be a cop”

    Rap music is in a sad state indeed.

    And folks don’t be fooled. These “hate” blogs are an indirect means of promoting a Universal artist. XXL is their print media subsidiary.

  • Lucy

    Trill Cosby…enough said
    your opinion is close to arbitrary at this point

    ha interesting observation bol,
    i enjoy your blogs but I just don’t see what the fuss about drake playing jimmy is
    it was a job, a role he played on television
    its not his life
    nobody should roast that nicca for makin money…
    rick ross on the other hand was certified uniformed cop…no coming back from that
    i am starting to get the feeling drake is going to not live up to our expectations with thank me later tho…
    that video was garbaahge at its finest

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “And folks don’t be fooled. These “hate” blogs are an indirect means of promoting a Universal artist. XXL is their print media subsidiary.”

    ^ “Are you ready?/Heeeere we go.”-Slick Rick ‘Children’s Story’

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    “…straining my one eye that still kinda works, to make sure I didn’t miss anything.” – Bol

    Better put down that KFC stroke sammich Bol.

    • You Say Detroit City!

      Fenkell!!!!

  • SOMETHIN NEW

    Bryon Crawford blogs are nothin but shameless promotion for the rappers he’s hatin on.

    Bol,I think universal needs you to promote Shyne’s new single on your next post.And don’t forget to mention somethin about the T.I’s are forcing Shyne to do an album or something like you always do.

    God bless Universal and the slaves,oops i mean writers at XXL magazine.Corporate Hip Hop rules this site!!!!!!!!!

  • Roman

    You rap website dudes are fuckin’ hilarious. DO you realize that talking shit about these dudes is doing nothing but helping their careers? You watch their videos and download their songs and do nothing but promote them… I mean for real, all dudes do is hate on Ross and Drake and Jay and Kanye, but none of their careers are being hurt. Ross is selling better that your so called “real rappers” (that one was for you 50), Drake is invading everyone’s airwaves and soon will be considered better than your favorite rapper by the masses. You brought it on yourselves…

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      “Ross is selling better that your so called “real rappers” (that one was for you 50)”

      ^ BISD is certified gold, ‘Deeper Than Rap’ isn’t. Don’t fall for the ‘vested interest/investment’ factor involved because these same cats who throw darts @ 50 have accumulated funds off of following him, they’re just ‘On To The Next One’. Puff hanging around ‘Bearded Smalls’ should be proof of this.

      Drake is a manufactured product, his ‘success’ is a vested interest where the investors are VERY concerned in their return profit. Good luck to the youngin’ trying to live up to the hype (marketing/promotion) that is set up for him to live up too.

      You can’t tell me B.o.B ain’t more talented than Drake.

      And this ‘hater’ stuff is inane, tired and contrite. Don’t forget it was them blue pill cats who sacrificed themselves to fight and reveal the real to keep them red pill people alive.

      • Will E. WIll

        damn Syk! Very well put!

      • these posts are racist

        Co-sign Syke, of course. Drake is straight manufactured. The kid has talent, but Jimmy’s hand is being hand, or should i say, his wheelchair is being pushed.

        Anyone catch the Degrassi episode where young Jimmy gets jacked for his t shirt money? I caught it flipping through channels while i was waiting for Menace II Society to come on…you know i keeps it real. Drake (said in korean store owner accent), I feel happy for your motha.

    • P. Harris

      @Roman

      We, “rap website dudes”, I assure you, are not the ones that are buying Drake albums or downloading Drake songs. We will listen, judge, and make an assumption about his music, but I’ll be dayum if I’m downloading the bullshit. Criticism is just that, our views, our opinions. You, “Roman”, you are responsible for any success that Drake has. Because you’re obviously a fan. So your statement is backards as lleh.

  • BIGNAT

    “Rawse might view this as the one battle he could actually win on principle.” nope he would still lose you know bitches don’t care who rap better. drake out raps him they cheer rawse murders him with the versus. bitches will side with drake because rawse a crab meats eating fast bastard. drake knows what he is doing that crafty half jew

  • EscoHov

    “Who are these people that he didn’t know last year, and why is he so upset to see them? Is is because there’s too many black people”

    I just found that fucking hilarious, Bol GOAT.

  • Intel

    “these same cats who throw darts @ 50 have accumulated funds off of following him”
    The only dude who dissed 50 following him was the Game. Ross may have been a CO, but his music is better than 50′s. Fif needs a new bluprint. Drake, on the other hand, although not better than b.o.b., is a lot better than what internet bloggers and website gangsters say. So what he has investors interested in what he brings in? WHAT FAMOUS RAPPER DOESN’T?! (minus Gucci, maybe) A lot of the rappers with hype aren’t living up to it and it seems like everybody wants the young dude to fail. “Good luck to the youngin’ trying to live up to the hype (marketing/promotion) that is set up for him to live up too.” He’s gonna sell just because of who he is and where he came from. Unlike most of these new cats, he has an original story and is getting respect from most peoples favorite rappers. No he’s not a poet, or a gangster or a drug dealer, but he’s hot and NO ONE, even me, whose favorite youngster is Charles Hamilton, can deny it. Be happy for the man. The reason hip hop is the best genre of music is because you don’t have to follow in the footsteps of anyone to be successful. Let the lil dude shine. And if you can’t be happy for a man making his money, you are a hater. Simple and plain. It’s not contrite. Every time his name gets said, somebody is hating. Damn… it’s not like he’s Soulja Boy, God awful and terrible.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      Thanks for the dart homie. But it’s just as easy as clicking reply on my comment to let me know you’re talking 2 me. I enjoy building with the people.

      But did you see within my comment where I had a dislike for youngblood? There are plenty of good rappers who haven’t had that “push” behind them. The lil’ homies from Pac Div, if they had the appeal that Drake has, it would be a done deal.

      We can see Drake ain’t built like that (hardbody/hardrock/thug) but at the same time son ain’t ‘come from nothing’. ‘Degrassi’ makes him a SAG member, if he was on a major television broadcast series it makes it impossible for him to come from ‘nowhere’. There’s a built in following alone from this action.

      * I rocks to Charlie Ham, regardless of the loss of rings *

      “Be happy for the man.”

      ^ You seen me wish the man good luck. I can can see you understand where I’m coming from.

      I never, have EVER said Drake was trash. But I know for FACT that he ain’t THE MAN, or is the KING. Them titles are a stretch for someone I know is UNPROVEN, yet I have been a witness to the HYPE.

      LET FAM EARN THAT RESPECT. BOTTOM LINE.

      • these posts are racist

        Co-sign.

        Also, Drake and Rick Ross should do a remake of “Informer” by Toronto “rapper” “Snow.”

        Ill let ya’ll do the math!

    • Stuck in the present

      Sorry fam but cats like Aubrey are very bad for hip hop, simple and plain. If you cannot see that, then you are one of those who took “the red pill”. Yeah he’s made his money from acting, but why crossover into Hip Hop? Because he just feels like? I know Omar Epps can rap, but do you see him making records? (that wolfpack stuff was beyond horrible I might add). Not to sound like a hater, but he tries to come across as this “versatile artist”, able to connect with whomever listens to his masterpieces, but real talk, Most Hip Hop heads I’ve spoken to (outside the internet) don’t FEEL him. Is he some punk rich actor kid from Toronto(?) who just got the rap bug and declared one fateful day “Ima be The next jigga!!!” C’mon, that doesn’t sound the least bit spoiled, I dare say? Personally, He doesn’t speak to me either, And I can’t say I listen to any of those artists you’ve mentioned in your post, (especially Chuck Hamilton lol), but there has to be some sort of justification behind those who “hate”, I love this culture, and it’s artists like Aubrey, that barbie chick, and the fake freeway rick that degrade it and make it seem like “it’s ok to be a clown, as long as you git the dough”

      Make money nigga!! SMH

      PEACE

  • NMcG

    Fun fun fun

  • NotoriousAGC

    wus good SYK!, as always thank you for clearing up the bullshit, @ These post are racist i found that ¨drake, i feel happy for your motha¨comment HILARIOUS AS HELL.

  • Teddy

    get over this street cred bullshit thats not wat his sayin in those pull quotes his saying if u doubt him as an mc because of his background your favorate rappers dont doubt him n if u consider them real then u must consider him anyways his never tried to talk about street shit and there is hardships on life without being from the ghetto u dudes think that their the only problems one faces in life im starting to think boi is a smart dumb nigga

  • Anonymous

    Not only is the video for “Over” completely unfapworthy, but seeing him make so many angry faces, like someone kicked his wheelchair, only serves to highlight how angry this song is, for no apparent reason.

    Completely irrelevant to the overall topic but hilarious for sheer unexpectedness… Nice post Bol.

  • raazi36

    …seeing him make so many angry faces, like someone kicked his wheelchair…
    …Being an ex-cop is one thing, but being the guy who played Wheelchair Jimmy is something else altogether… Classic Lines Bol, Straight Up ! !

  • ONE50

    That song “over” is openly gay. And I noticed he keeps forcing the work ‘fuck’ into his hooks as if bleeped out words for radio singles hadn’t worn out it’s welcome a decade ago.

  • hotelfrost

    Drake sucks white cock

  • Apollo Moses

    The Decatur Dictator really made some great points and $yk is pretty informed…personally for him to have “played” director gets respect. Drake is formulatic but he’s putting in work.

    Dude is not the man at all and it’s foul we don’t see that push for others…B.O.B been that dude and under 22.

    IMO his single his buzzin more than Drizzy. Keep recording…the wigs been buying ablums.

    *the influence from Jay-Ye-Weezy is without question. I wonder which is the ghostwriter?*

    I’m becoming more of a fan of Cory Gunz and Curren$y

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – How Fly

      ^

  • mav

    that nothin on you shit is wack especially the video he might not even go gold but he is a talented multigenre but honestly drake got better bars than dude he punchlines r tight he has hot beats and doesnt have to depend on a bunch of other people to do his hooks hes not the best but i honestly cant figure out what yall beef wit him is if you aint sayin he cant rap if yall wanna be mad at him be in the game you need to blame rappers like kanye for it bcuz hes just a producer turned half writin rapper who is a good songwriter not much better than fif he took over rap for a minute wit graduation then sold us all out wit 808s tryna cash in on the tpain craze did anybody else feel kinda played when he did that?

  • RudNare

    “But combined like this, it’s almost too much for the brain to handle – especially on a day in which I finally got to try KFC’s epic Double Down sandwich.”

    HaHaHaHaHa… *rolling-on-the-floor* :)

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