Drake Can Change. He Just Doesn’t Have to—Yet.
Desperation breeds motivation, sometimes obstinacy, but at least one of the two. When backed against a wall, most everybody either shifts or doubles down. So of course it would be Drake, our preeminent avatar of vacillation, who—stuck between a rock and a hard place on his most recent album, Certified Lover Boy—figured a way to do both at once. Remember, he’s always flourished in the in-between. Drake’s both a rapper and a singer, the son of a Jewish Canadian mother and a Black bluesman from Memphis, a charismatic underdog and millennial rap leviathan. Take a weak point, or at least what consumers might perceive as an incongruity, morph it into its own kind of strength, and you have the Aubrey Graham playbook.
He’s a technically brilliant rhymer; he’s built a …
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