If you tuned in to the Grammys February 12, 2017 then you know Drake was a no-show. The Toronto rapper was nominated for 8 Grammys, which you would think he would show up due to there being a higher chance of him winning. Drake won two Grammys that night: Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance. Unfortunately, he was not happy about it.
Drake was a guest on Saturday’s episode of Apple Music’s OVO Sound Radio show where he conducted a one hour long interview. In the interview Drake discussed how he was unhappy about the stereotypes and pressure he deals with as an African American Canadian rapper who covers different genres of music. It’s no secret that he’s mixed with different ethnicities, but he made it clear that at the end of the day he’s Black, and he feel like because of it he’s not really taken seriously with his music. The Grammys are known for their racial discrimination against African American artists. A lot of categories with African Americans are not aired on the show, like Best R&B Performance for example. And the categories that do have African Americans in them usually lose to whites, whose music in a lot of peoples opinion aren’t better in terms of comparison.
Now don’t get it twisted, Drake does claim himself as a Black artist, however he feels like the awards he’s won wasn’t in the deserving category. “I’m a black artist… I’m apparently a rapper, even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song. The only category they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black. I can’t figure out why,” said Drake. The rapper then goes on to say, “There’s pop obligations they have, and I flaked out. I flaked out and got one of the biggest songs of the year that is a pop song and I’m proud of that (He’s referring to ‘One Dance’ which was his first number one solo song of his career). I love the rap world and I love the rap community. I write pop songs for a reason. I want to be like Michael Jackson. I want to be like artists that I looked up to. Those are pop songs, but I never seem to get any credit for that.”
Not only does he sound hurt, but he sounds pretty frustrated. You would to if you felt like you weren’t getting the credit you deserved because of your ethnicity. For years Black people have been getting the shorter end of the stick. And as you can see, it goes beyond businesses, neighborhoods, jobs, and movies… it’s in music too. Drake has won a Grammy in the past for Best Rap Album with ‘Take Care’, but this year he felt like he deserved so much more. “I won two awards last night, but I don’t even want them because it just feels weird for some reason. It just doesn’t feel right to me. I feel almost alienated, or like they’re trying to purposely alienate me by making me win rap awards or pacify me by handing me something and putting me in that category because it’s the only place where you can figure out where to put me,” he said.
If you listened to the radio any time during 2016 then you know Drake was all over it and it was for more than just ‘Hotline Bling’. ‘One Dance’ was always on when you got in the car and not to mention it was number one for weeks at the same time as his album ‘Views’. Drake definitely felt like he was snubbed of the categories he deserved. Is he overreacting or does he have a point here, what do you think?