Without a doubt, 2016 was one of the most successful years in Drake's career. He reached some major milestones, like getting nominated for eight Grammy Awards and holding the title for Spotify's Most Streamed Artist and Most Streamed Song of Summer. But for me, it was a really unsuccessful Drake year, because it was one of the most disappointing periods of all time to be a fan. This year, Drake became the problematic fave that ruined my life.
First, let me say, I have always been open about being a fan of Drake as an artist. I have talked about it in great detail with other like-minded fans, and I have proudly shown my support for him in various forms of merchandise. I once dressed up as a "Hotline Bling" girl for Halloween, and I even guest judged a karaoke contest for a Drake-themed exhibit in New York City. As "Summer Sixteen" ran its course, my loyalty for the entertainer started to waver, though.
Being a fan isn't easy when you're a woke millennial and, hopefully, know the difference between right and wrong. It breaks my heart to even have to write this, but I would be a hypocrite if I didn't speak up because these dark thoughts have been haunting me for months. I literally used to "Wake and Drake," and now I feel some type of way when his name comes up in conversation. (Or rather, I feel no ways.)
I’ve long feared the day that Aubrey Drake Graham would do something controversial enough to force me to see him as a mere mortal—to me, he has always been untouchable. He's not like the others; he doesn't make careless mistakes. But I’ve come to realize that I can still be a fan and criticize artists that I admire. I don't know Drake as a person, but I like to believe that he's a good one. Sometimes, he just doesn't choose the best company.
In Drake's own words, "I had to let go of us to show myself what I could do." That said, here are Drake’s most disappointing moments of 2016. I promise I'm not the Sydney that gave up on him in "Redemption," though. I'm just saying, Drake can do better. Fingers crossed that he rights his wrongs in 2017.
6. Drake dissed Kid Cudi about his mental health issues
Attacking someone with mental health issues is not chill at all. You don't come for someone who's seeking treatment, especially in a community where it is shamed. Kid Cudi was the first to draw blood, but Drake didn't need to turn around and bleed him out like that. Cudi clearly hurt his feelings, but did Drake consider the fact that Cudi was in a deep state of suffering from his own self-inflicted pain? Here is the lyric in question that Drake spat on the track "Two Birds, One Stone": “You were the man on the moon/ Now you just go through your phases/ Life of the angry and famous/ Rap like I know I’m the greatest.” Kanye West already settled the dispute in a civil manner, so why did Drake have to go in this direction?
Drake also won't leave Meek Mill alone, and I don't know why we still have to talk about it. I'm all for defending your honor, but find a more respectful approach. The boy needs to grow up. The only beef that Drake should keep on the grill is Chris Brown.