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Does Drake’s “Find Your Love” Video Make the Song Better?

Now it’s no secret that I’ve been XXL’s resident Drake Stan—my co-workers have had to put up with it for some time now. I thoroughly enjoyed So Far Gone and sung its praises as loud as I could. Not that I have championed everything that Drake has put out. When he made moves that were less-than stellar in my eyes (like the “Best I Ever Had” video for instance), I just kept quiet and hoped the team didn’t notice my displeasure.

I gotta say, when Drizzy leaked “Find Your Love” I was in a weird spot. Folks would ask me (as they often do with any new release) what I thought and I would just answer with a “no comment.” I was very much confused by the song.

Kanye’s 808 & Heartbreak styled production just didn’t mesh well with Drake’s vocals to me. I felt as if the beat was better suited for Kanye, and while I couldn’t front on Drake’s lyrics or melodies, I was secretly wishing that he had chosen another track to deliver his message. But when I finally saw the “Find Your Love” music video, all of that changed.

It’s a rare occasion when a music video can make you like a song better, but when it happens it’s pretty dope. Usually if a song is bad, it’s just bad, but sometimes songs are incomplete until you get the visual to go with it. In terms of “Find Your Love,” I mean what does that shit really mean? If you’ve ever chased the wrong girl (or guy) then you can relate. right?

I mean, who hasn’t?

In Drake’s Anthony Mandler-directed video, Drizzy goes to Jamaica and falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangsta who is played by Mavado. Now I wouldn’t go up against Mavado, not even in a music vid, that dude is fucking SCARY!

In the early 1990s, I once spent a summer in Christ Church, Barbados and learned two very important things: 1) Don’t eat at Chefette and 2) Don’t fuck with a shotta’s girl. But in the pursuit of love we do stupid things. Maybe not to that extreme which would be the real life equivalent of stealing a girl from Big Meech in 2005, but you know that’s human nature—we always have to learn the hard way.

In the end, the eye candy, played by the super-fine Maliah Michel, puts a gun to Heartbreak Drake’s head while Mavado watches [Insert the required denouncement of homosexuality here].

Or, maybe Drake didn’t die at the end; maybe shorty turned the gun on Mavado. I guess that’s for the viewer to decide. I’m a glass half-full type of guy so I say Mavado got murked and Drake ran off with Maliah to finally fulfill his Rihanna fantasy.

In the case of rap music videos, we haven’t really gotten a thought-provoking clip like this in a minute. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it (a.k.a Stanning). But even if it’s not, Drake’s video, has there ever been a clip that made you like a song more? —Rob Markman, The Deputy!

P.S. I have taken over XXL’s Official Twitter Account (@XXLStaff) for the entire week. Come check me out. Shouts to Pierzy!

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