News: Drake Continues To Fend Off Emo Haters, "The Jokes Don't Really Affect Me"
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 10:10PM
Young Money's Drake continues to sway away from fans calling him overly emotional by saying the criticism ultimately has little to no effect on his well-being.
Although acknowledging he takes note of haters, Drizzy said too much focus could hurt his career.
"If I worried about how I'm gonna look saying this, then I wouldn't make half the music I make," Drizzy told MTV News. "People nitpick at me for being emotional or tapping into emotions, but like, man, we all die one day; that's just how I want to be remembered...The running commentary or the jokes don't really affect me, 'cause that's what I'm going for -- I don't want to be a guy that blends in with all the other generic rap music. I want to be the guy that stood out and pinpointed life emotions for women, men, young people, old people or whatever it is. So I don't trip, that's what I want. I welcome it." (MTV)
In September, Young Money affiliate Jason Stein shared his input on Drake's image being made fun of.
"Drake is a very emotional rapper, bordering R&B melodrama, and was a child actor," Stein posits. "When you couple that with being on the Young Money label, which is considered a pretty tough group, and his swagger or braggadocio, there's are unusual juxtaposition that people start to question, and then poke fun at." (E! Online)
Social media strategist Stephanie Weingart also felt Drake's public mishaps have made him a victim to taunting.
"Drake...lets the audience know that Twitter is a channel that he personally reads, not his assistant," social media strategist Stephanie Weingart tells me. "People think they can reach him on Twitter so they go after him." And, lastly, there's a video that just keeps feeding the fire. "It didn't help that Drake fell down while performing and hurt his knee; that video is Twitter roast gold. Also, Drake has good skin. Not sure why, but people like to make fun of how smooth his face is and how much work he must put into taking great care of it." (Indeed: Drake's Knee has a Twitter account.) (E! Online)
Over the summer, Drake opened up about embracing emo music.
"I only really know how to do one thing. I don't know how to make generic songs about the struggle and things that aren't about me, I just know how to make songs that are about me," Drake told FADER writer Judnick Mayard. "If I make a song that's emo or emotional, then I guess yeah, I'm going to stick to that. I make songs about my life, because if you want me to be honest with you, that's the best way I know how. The things I've experienced and the things I've lived. That's what I like to do." (The FADER)
Check out a recent Drake interview below: