My child’s father,
The angst that comes with parenthood is becoming pervasive in the youthful genre
Drake has recently had quite a bit of explaining to do. A week ago, the Canadian rapper released his fifth studio album, Scorpion, under the most trying circumstances he’s ever had to weather. A month earlier, another rapper by the name of Pusha T released The Story of Adidon — a neck-snapping diss track that took their beef to new extremes. In the track, Pusha took aim at Drake, accusing him of “hiding a newborn child” and being an absent father.
Responding to The Story of Adidon on his new album, Drake put the rumours to bed, declaring that he is a first-time father and is having a hard time coming to terms with that fact.
Other references to his son are dotted across the 25-track album. For example, in Emotionless, Drake unintentionally produced an internet meme with the line “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid.” Similarly, 8 out of 10 sees him boasting that “the only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to”.
Aside from the accidentally laughable quips and bravado-laced lines, it’s in March 14, the last song on Scorpion, that Drake has his moment: “Yesterday morning was crazy/ I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe/ That shit is stoned, sealed and signed/ She’s not my lover like Billie Jean but the kid is mine.”
There are other moments of selfawareness in the song. For one, he raps about how disappointed he is with the fact that he’s fathered a child with a woman to whom he isn’t married.
That type of thinking sounds outmoded until you consider that, throughout Drake’s discography, he’s spoken about the emotional toil his parents’ split took on him.
He’s also spoken about being primarily raised by his mother and seeing his father on some weekends and how that led to an emotional distance between them (one that was mended only in adulthood). The fear that he could replicate that with his own child is evident in the lines he raps to his son: “I don’t want you worry ’bout whose house you live at/ Or who loves you more/ Who’s not there/ or who did what ’fore you got here.”
Of course, Drake isn’t the first rapper to pen a confession about his anxieties about fatherhood. In Show Me the Good Life, the 10th track on American duo Blu and Exile’s Below The Heavens, Blu raps about how nervous he is to bring a child into the world.
Unplanned and therefore unprepared, the rapper goes on about how having a child would curtail the plans he had for his life and career, before revealing that he doesn’t possess the mental fortitude to be a father. “How the hell am I gonna to teach a child to be a man/ When I’m
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