Drake — the puppy-eyed, particularly self-aggrandizing Canadian Jewish rapper — is an ideal target for for friendly mockery.
The “Degrassi”-rooted rapper, we observe with love, is sort of the worst of all possible worlds: his unique “sensitivity” as a rapper usually amounts to petty whining about women and his mom, while he still has the overarching misogyny of other rappers. Regardless, he is our own, and we shall love him as Abraham loved his blind bachelor son Isaac.
But we are glad to see Nicki Minaj take him down a peg from time to time.
Minaj, who dropped her fourth studio album “Queen” a surprise week early, is a longtime friend to Drake and a friend to his career. In the new track “Barbie Dream,” Minaj goes through a laundry list of men who are too inferior to have a baby, including Drake: “Drake worth a hundred milli, he always buyin’ me st/But I don’t know if the p***y wet or if he cryin’ and st.”
The subtext here is that though Drake has a huge net worth and has been generous, when she’s with him she can’t tell if she’s experiencing sexual attraction or if she’s simply drenched in his tears.
We at the Schmooze believe that men are taught to mask their emotions early, robbing them of normal emotional ranges, which can lead to violence. But we think Nicki’s burn transcends gender for a man who recently wrote a song about how his mother is lucky to have him.
Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny