So, Uh, What The Hell Was That Video All About, Drake?

Admission time: I’m not a fan of one Aubrey Drake Graham. Never liked a song of his, never cared for any of his mixtapes. I can even remember the times Shake played me a few tracks from Comeback Season a few years ago, yet the only thing I could think while he did so was, “So… this jigger who couldn’t even act much less walk on Degrassi is rapping now?”

I’m sure this will be wrongly assumed as good ol’ fashioned disdain/“salty because he’ll have way more money, clothes and hoes than I’ll ever get” hate for the guy, but the last time I checked I didn’t have to necessarily like what everybody else digs; I just post it from time to time.

All personal thoughts aside, I can’t deny his larger-than-most-of-my-current-rap-choices stature. Incredibly popular? Check. Highly anticipated? Check. Carrying weed for platinum selling, currently imprisoned fellow rapsters? Check. Hell, the guy even had his own Sprite commercial, and I hadn’t seen a rapper pushing a low-end beverage since B.I.G. was rapping about St. Ides over Tha Dogg Pound’s “New York, New York” beat. I’m guessing it’s this popularity that’s allowing him to be… experimental with his latest outputs, because I’ve never been more confused about anything whenever I see one of his music videos.

You can look towards his musical/creative/rich kid upbringing for reasons, but I’m going to blame his lack of “no men” in his circle and his weird need to prove something he doesn’t need anyone’s approval of in the first place, since it appears as if he greenlights any and everything presented to him without a second thought. With breasts so large and bouncy they probably could have slapped me through the computer screen if I leaned in close enough, Drake’s Kanye West-directed “Best I Ever Had” was just confusing as shit (or, if you’re a lifelong member of NO MA’AM, the greatest video ever made in the history of music videos), only made worse by Jimmy’s corny declaration to “take that D.” This was then followed up by the visuals to “Over,” which I assume was to be his “street single” but came off as avant-garde for idiot savants. Finally, last night we were all treated to an over-dramatic, six-minute long mini-movie for Belly Part 3: The Return Of Ox… I mean, “Find Your Love,” which featured über-thick patois, shoddy acting and über-thicker Maliah Michel. I don’t know about you, but I’d never tell a gangster to cuff his chick around me; I like being able to pee standing up.

Yes, I’m well aware that none of these will wipe out Drake’s buzz. But what does that mean for the rest of us when an artist can come out with some nonsensical shit and the masses eat it up? I could go into a long-winded dissertation to try to make a connection between the far-too-easily impressionable youth and how poor education affects them in ways I shudder to think about, but the main hustle is on the fritz right now and I have to attend to it. But I know I’m not the only one who’s left scratching their heads after seeing a Drake visual.

  • ally1

    pierzy! You a hater Like Jay Said “everyone talks about how to do it But They never did” Drake gettin cake and you writing for XXL

  • REAL E

    HIS VIDS REALLY DO SUCK HIS SONGS R OK AT TIMES BUT OVER ALL HE REALLY AINT ALL THAT PPL HYPE HIM UP TO BE

  • Da

    I like the songs, and I like that titty video. it was just a fun video. But the ‘over’ video coulda been way better. and this last one was ok, but had this unnecessary epicness to it. Just cause lady gaga and MIA have done it recently, doesn’t mean you gotta go down the same road.

    ps – that lady gaga video was flucking retarded. I wish i could slap someone for it.

  • murK

    Drake isn’t a rapper anymore..

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “Belly Part 3: The Return Of Ox…”

    ^ lolz. Would rather see that.

  • hdc

    This writer of this article is a fucking hater. I will admit that drakes music videos suck to hell usually, but the video to “Find Your Love” was very good. I especially like that it wasnt him just runing around the streets of new york like another rapper would have done. I do however hate that you put down his creativity when im sure everyone on your top 5 in the rap game is basic and career is nonexistent.

  • nibs

    haha! you picked the wrong site to hate about drake on. You know what’s hilarious? Everyone who commented above me has at some point bobbed their head to ‘Best I Ever Had’
    haha losers

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      “Everyone who commented above me has at some point bobbed their head to ‘Best I Ever Had’”

      ^ speak for yourself

    • El Tico Loco

      Actually this is the right place after June 15 they’ll have a new nigga for next year.

  • Jaydc

    lol @ these drake stans doing exatly what he said he would be doing,calling him a hater.I thought the song was trash and the video was lame.I loved how their was another that said the video made the song better LOL.NO,it doesnt make the song better,it makes you watch whats going on in the video to figure out wats going on and you just kind of forget the song is playing.The the second time you watch it you concentrate on the music and quickly close the window.

  • Drake is crazy wack!!

    that nickelodeon kike is crazy wack!!! no one in the hood feeling this cornball, young and old, only the white kids and dumb niggas feel this, changing up his accent when he’s around niggas ol carson daly ass nigga SMH

  • P. Harris

    Haven’t seen the video, don’t plan to watch it…

  • UncleTom

    I thought the vid was kinda okay considering the bad acting, mostly on Drakes part(Degrassi must have sucked)Woulda rather have heard a Mavodo song wit the visuals. More Maliah, less Drake making gay faces blowing out CGI smoke. I was riding with dude for a minute but he lost me along the way. Didnt know who he was when i liked his music the first time and i thought it was dope now (not so much)Good thing my broad is a fan now she’ll take my place right Drizzy.

  • foolio_iglesias

    Rap is supposed to be rebel music.Ain’t no one rebelling,there are no more rebels in rap.Rap is nice and safe and packaged real nice and shiny and it sounds all perfect with it’s LCD beats and the Man has nothing to fear any more because it’s about as dangerous as Tyson right now,meaning it’s more dangerous to itself than to anyone else.Rap used to scare people!Now your Grandmother has ‘Run This Town’ for a ringtone.Welcome,Drake,you have nothing to fear…

  • nicholasdelorejo

    As far as the video is concerned, I think it was okay. But I know that video is the greatest thing Drake and his handlers created. This shit will help him sell Usher or even Justin Beiber numbers. Ask youself this, how many rappers ever made a video where they were so hooked on a broad that they would be willing to get capped in the head for “love”? By the actual chick they are in loved with? Sure plenty of rappers have dedicated songs to loving a woman. But they were all either playa/pimp songs, sugar daddy tracks, or even ride or die bonnie and clyde tracks. Not even LL fought for a chicks affection and that dude had muscles up to his neck. Pop singers and boy bands have never even attempted this and their entire purpose was to make women scream for them.

    I bet women (his primary fan base) are in loved with the fact that a rapper, a man whose life ambition was to degrade them sexually and emotionally, is willing to DIE for them and by them. You guys may think Drake is a bitch But I look at him as the dude who managed to book a bad chick by doing something so simply that you didn’t even think about it. So Drake’s not trying to make confusing videos. All of his videos (except “Best I Ever Had”) have him appearing broken hearted or love struck. All needed to create a consumer base of women and dudes into that sensitive shit.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Drake to me is the lebron james of the rap game. All hype no rings. Teh writer is smart to write about Drake because he’s gonna get many hits based on the name alone. Despite Drake’s annoying ways, he does make good music. You classify it as rap but its really just music. As for hip hop, we want him to get a soul or the identity that he lacks. As for the videos. The first one could have been better. Over is very weak in comparison but the newest one was just right.

  • http://www.maliahmichel.com Maliah Michel Bookings

    Eye Candy of the Month contention for Maliah Michel is undeniable.

  • LV

    Ah Mek.. You’re always so right though I do like Drake. The real question is how will his album do.

  • SHARKSBREATH

    ff1one@yahoo.com :Drake to me is the lebron james of the rap game.

    ^
    SMH LMAO

    Drake is the AL B Sure of Rap Music.
    Fake voice and all

    You have been Bamboozled.

  • Thisisthegreatestmagazinever

    Um, Meka did you proofread and look over this article before you posted it? I found a couple mistakes in this brah brah.

  • http://Akidnamedb.com AKidNamedb

    I can agree with Meka on the rest of the videos but I believe that Drake has finally done something well with the video.

    Although this dude is always over dramatic with his rapper personification in videos, his lyrics meet finally meet his visuals.

    Out of all the tracks he’s released lately, Over and Find Your Love are the only dope ones. The rest take a dive into the poop pool.

    I say. Drop FIREWORKS already. We’re all waiting for the Jigga man collab, which better be 23897328974 times better than “Off That,” voted wackest track on The Blueprint 3 (Should’ve been on Rock La Familia).

    A Kid Named B

  • j

    The song lacks intensity. So I think the video was trying to make it up but that was a terrible idea. And since when is that rap? Or a banger? Just boring zzzzzzzz

  • Tto

    <<>>

    You ask this question as though it were a new phenomenon when this has been the modus operandi in commercial hip hop for well over a decade. Even if you meant this sarcastically or facetiously, you articulated it all wrong. Step your game up.

  • Tto

    “But what does that mean for the rest of us when an artist can come out with some nonsensical shit and the masses eat it up?”

    …………..
    You ask this question as though it were a new phenomenon when this has been the modus operandi in commercial hip hop for well over a decade. Even if you meant this sarcastically or facetiously, you articulated it all wrong. Step your game up.

  • Tto

    “But what does that mean for the rest of us when an artist can come out with some nonsensical shit and the masses eat it up?”

    You ask this question as though it were a new phenomenon when this has been the modus operandi in commercial hip hop for well over a decade. Even if you meant this sarcastically or facetiously, you articulated it all wrong. Step your game up.

  • Just Rockwell

    Thank You for saying it!!!! Drake’s mixtape was super WACK with that half singing half autotune sound. His lyrics are okay. To me his best song is the 9th wonder produced track with Elzi and Phonte from Little Brother. The hype on this kid is unreal like LeBron. People crack me up when they say that you are Hatin’ because you dont go along with what everyone else likes. I’m glad you had the balls to say it.

  • Mr. T

    I’m sorry, but man you’re a being a hater. Drake might of been hyped up alot but he does have some good songs on his mixtapes like “Little Bit” and “Let’s Call It Off”. The “Find Your Love” video might not of been perfect, but it is appreciatory to give him some props for trying. It’s not like I see you putting out any mixtapes. I am not trying to be dissing on you either, but you got to show some respect for a freshman who made his mark last year and is one of the best in the game.