Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” has definitely turned some heads with his controversial lyrics against President Obama and others recently appearing in current events.
Contrary to the U.S. President’s opinion, Drake felt the need to assert his lyrical dominance in his new track, “Summer Sixteen.” Drake’s lyrics only came about after learning that President Obama mentioned his preference for Kendrick Lamar’s lyrical stature.
According to Movie News Guide, a YouTube vlogger by the name of Adande Thorne asked for the president’s take on “Drake Vs. Kendrick.” While Drake is an exceptional rap artist, Obama feels that Kendrick has the edge when it comes to lyrical showmanship. Drake’s response to President Obama’s statement was as follows.
“Looking for revenge/To do what you couldn’t do/ Tell Obama that my verses are just like the whips that he in/ They bulletproof/ Minus twenty we in Pitfield.”
Nevertheless, one of the president’s favorite tracks on To Pimp a Butterfly is “How Much a Dollar Cost,” says People. With no offense or condescension toward Drake, Obama simply expressed that Kendrick’s last studio project should be “album of the year.”
imagine what it's like to be drake and have the president say he likes Kendrick better than u.. tf are u supposed to do? write a diss track?
— liz (@elizabethiotzov) February 4, 2016
The president’s stance is certainly plausible. As far as the aforementioned tweet is concerned, it really shouldn’t be that big of a deal for Drizzy. Drake isn’t an “American,” by the United States’ standards. He’s Canadian, yes? It would probably be different if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said that he likes Kendrick’s music better than Drake’s. However, so far, that’s not the case.
Also, while Drake is a musical genius in his own right, Lamar’s last project had several factors contributing to its unique debut.
First, unlike Drake’s music, he employed various distinct genres and musical styles into his album. It wasn’t just hip hop or rap. Drake’s alleged rival set himself up in raw form. In a sense, Lamar seemed to open the minds of his listeners. While Drake’s supposed-adversary recognizes that “the hood” listens to and respects him, Lamar rather felt moved to change people’s mindsets the best way possible — through their speakers.
Second, Lamar’s delivery changed with every song. Some tracks required more, emotionally. There were tracks which took him into a reminiscent state, and there were also those which took him into tears — while others evoked his anger and passion.
Third, although Drake’s album tends to tell a story per song, Kendrick’s entire album is a story in itself. Intelligently, the Compton rapper brought together several parables into one collective statement about his journey.
— AG BASKETBALL (@AG_Basketball) February 1, 2016
Overall, it is a great album and is nominated for several awards. While everyone’s still awaiting Drake’s Views from the 6 album, Obama also made statements concerning the recent Oscars controversy.
Essentially, the president says that the entertainment industry should give everyone a shot. Verbatim, as reports Movie News Guide, the president states as follows.
“Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?…It makes for better entertainment, it makes everybody feel part of one American family, so I think as a whole the industry should do what every other industry should do which is to look for talent, provide opportunity to everybody.”
He was responding to the recent “Oscars So White” topic, which has been headlining social media for the last few weeks. Current events show that Jada Pinkett Smith has been one of the front-runners in the topic this year. While Drake isn’t necessarily in the candidacy for an Academy Award, he would be amid the demographic Smith has been addressing.
Smith feels that the Oscars panel rarely picks candidates from minorities; rather, the majority has the advantage in the nominations. The Inquisitr recently reported that, in the past — when black actors and actresses have received Academy Awards — those wins were for stereotypical roles and characters that seem perpetuated by media and “history.”
drake really came at the president and kanyes pool size on a brisk saturday evening
— relly (@rellyOnSMASH) January 31, 2016
— Mashable (@mashable) January 31, 2016
Was Drake wrong for his jab at the president? Obama seemed to only have been making a statement of preference — not one of condescension. Do you think Drake became offended? Or is this another publicity ploy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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