What More Is There for Drake to Do?

Drake is the patron saint of passive aggression. You burn his candle when you’ve been wronged, when you’ve been dumped, when you feel like you get more attention for mistakes than accomplishments. In exchange for your devotion, he gives you protection against the hordes of doubters and haters, real or imagined, that stand in the way of your personal peace. It’s a lucrative business. Snark is the internet’s love language. Cutting up is more rewarding than burying the hatchet. Discernment is exhausting, but smoke is free. Drake is the artist of this moment because we’re all waging the same unwinnable war for unilateral respect his songs do. We all feel hated and underestimated. 50 Cent blew up when we needed to feel invincible; Kanye West fed a hunger for impulsiveness. Every era gets the rapper it deserves…

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