News: Drake Defends Emo Image, "They Want Me To Be More Emotionally Disconnected Like Them, So I Drop The Ball & Fall Off"
Friday, Mar 2, 2012 12:10PM
Young Money front man Drake lets fans know he has no intentions of switching the style up from the emotional-laced records people are used to hearing from him, admitting the "emo rapper" label does not bother him.
Based on a recent VIBE excerpt, Drizzy delves into why critics are so persistent on him changing up his style.
"People calling me goth or emo or whatever is weird for me to hear because I really don't hear that in my music." Still, he has no plans to temper his emotions in his lyrics. "They want me to be more emotionally disconnected like them, so I drop the ball and fall off. That's where the backlash comes from. They want you to under-deliver so badly, and when you don't they can't handle it." (VIBE)
Last October, the Canadian-bred emcee said too much focus on altering his sound could have damaging effects.
"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 the scapegoat of industry jokes.
"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 an unusual juxtaposition that people start to question, and then poke fun at." (E! Online)
Last summer, the YMCMB crooner 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 some recent Drake footage below: