Drake took a while, but he has finally responded to Meek Mill’s rant about Drake’s rumored ghost writer. In true Drake fashion, he focuses on the music, responding with a diss record instead of a simple tweet. In the Drake diss song “Charged Up,” the rapper has one verse that stands out from the rest, and it raises a question about his true motives.
“Cops are killing people with their arms up / And your main focus is trying to harm us? / And you think you about to starve us.”
During the period where Twitter fans were responding to Meek Mill, the media was giving updates on Sandra Bland, the Texas women who died in police custody. The hashtag #WhatHappenedToSandraBland was trending, but so were #meekvsdrake and #meekmilldiss. This caused some frustration with socially conscious people who were upset at those who chose to focus their social media posts on Meek Mill and Drake instead of Sandra Bland.
— Tyree Boyd-Pates (@TyreeBP) July 22, 2015
— Lou (@Lous666) July 25, 2015
— Chyna Doll (@realchynadollb) July 26, 2015
Drake is not usually the artist to create socially conscious music and is also not known to address beefs. Drake is usually the one dishing out the disses, instead of responding to them. In fact, he recently did so to Tyga for his relationship with underaged Kylie Jenner. So why is Drake now taking a stand against his haters and calling them out for their lack of current event knowledge? Is there a possibility that he really cares? Some journalists believe not likely.
Recently, the Atlantic specifically named Drake as one of the rap artists least active in the Black Lives Matter campaign. The article even directly quoted lyrics where Drake tried to uplift children by, in the journalist’s opinion, giving them false hope about music industry aspirations. This brings up the question that if Drake is truly concerned with Black Lives Matter, police brutality, or even just with Sandra Bland’s murder, why didn’t he simply tweet about it? Why didn’t he write an entire song about?
There is no way to be sure if Drake cares about Sandra Bland and so many others or if he does and is just afraid to speak out. Until he does, Drake making mentions of police brutality and murder in a diss track is minuscule. Until he makes a Kendrick Lamar “Alright” type of song or a J.Cole “Be Free” track, he’s still one of the “silent” rappers journalist Jeff Baird is speaking of.
Hear the Drake diss track “Charged Up” below.
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