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The Subtle Misogyny Of Drake And Why Kiki Probably Doesn’t Love Him

Drake is often branded as the nice guy™ of Hip-hop but his lyrics make his embedded misogyny rather evident.

By now, it has already been established that most of Drake’s songs are sad fuckboy anthems which is why it comes to no surprise that his latest album Scorpion, another viral hit is riddled with “nice guy’s love interest does nice guy wrong and now he’s sad and it’s all her fault” narrative. Drake is often branded as the nice guy™ of hip-hop because he doesn’t usually call women derogatory terms unlike other rappers. His songs however, still contain misogyny and a whole lot of moral policing (remember Hotline Bling?).

In the chorus of the song In My Feelings he keeps on asking Kiki if she loves him while also name dropping other women’s names. So your girl listened to Drake’s single In My Feelings like ten times and his album Scorpion too to list out the reasons why I think Kiki probably doesn’t (and shouldn’t) love Drake:

1. She’s just not that into him

Kiki seems like a strong independent woman who doesn’t need Drake’s clout nor does she even care. In the music video we see her scoffing at Drake’s immaturity and “romantic gesture” (which he executed in the middle of the night by the way). The reason Kiki is unwilling to fall in love with Drake could be because of the fact that she doesn’t trust him. She clearly expresses how she’s uncomfortable about Drake talking to other girls while they’re supposed to be exclusive (I’m assuming), but Drake can’t seem to stick with Kiki’s name for a single song! He keeps on name-dropping Kesha, J.T., and K.B. while expecting loyalty from Kiki. Either Drake is completely oblivious about this or he doesn’t really care. Either way, Kiki has expressed her wish and she’s better off without him if he can’t even write a song about her without name-dropping other women.

2. He only loves his bed and his momma

In his track God’s Plan, Drake talks about how a girl asks if he loves her and he replies “only partly” and added “I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry” which suggests that he didn’t even really love Kiki in his other track. We get that you love your bed and your momma but if you’re expecting love from someone else maybe you should play your part and reciprocate? Drake brags about having sex with hundreds of women in his songs and messing with girls all the while trying to maintain the “momma’s boy” persona. We see through you Drake.

She say, “Do you love me?”
I tell her, “Only partly”
I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry.

3. His emo sexism isn’t cute

Why would any self-respecting woman want to be with a guy who keeps on depicting women as vain and shallow people who only care about materialistic things and fame? In his song Emotionless; where he nonchalantly mentioned the existence of his child, Drake references women who post pictures on social media to show only their good side while hiding their ‘real’ side. But Drake… honey. Isn’t that what social media is for? And what about all the dudebros who keep on hitting on us in the DMs?

The problem I have with Drake is that he has this benevolent good guy facade while writing really misogynistic lyrics about women in his songs without being held accountable for it. He talks like he owns the women in his songs then follows up with how much he feels guilty about it while not trying to even change. This is also probably one of the many reasons why Kiki doesn’t like him.

4. His “nice guy syndrome”

Drake needs to let go of his “nice guy syndrome” – one which idealises and sees women as therapists for boys with unaddressed issues. He needs to listen to the powerful women he’s surrounded by if he really wants to be accepted as the “feminist rapper” he’s often branded as. His single Nice For What is an attempt at doing just that with it being directed by a woman and having an all-women cast. But even in this song he keeps on obsessing over good girls to nurture him while calling women hoes (sigh). His lyrics aren’t as demeaning to women as other rappers, but they’re still doing a disservice to the women he’s referencing.

Drake as a rapper is loved because there’s a certain side to him that makes you want to just give him a hug but also there’s a sense of inauthenticity in what he is trying to represent as an artist. His songs about loving women seem disingenuous when you think about the subtle misogyny that is hinted and embedded in his lyrics.

Also Read: 10 Feminist Songs To Listen To When The Patriarchy Has Got You Down

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