Most die-hard fans fell in love with Drake when he played the character of Jimmy on the hit Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation. Why do so many people love Drake? It could be the soft timbre of his voice singing us sweet lyrics that even men cry over. It could be his cool and hip public image. Drake’s public image supports a carpe diem type lifestyle and popularized the phrase “YOLO” with his single hit song, “The Motto.” Fans might love Drake because of the uncool and unpopular role he played on Degrassi, which many people can relate to. He draws fans in by showing off his skill and style in his music, while also revealing a soft and vulnerable side in many of his lyrics.
While other rap artists generally have their music played in bars and nightclubs, Drake’s music is versatile. Not only does it appear in nightclubs, but also on the radio, in gyms, and shopping malls. But if Drake is so loved, then why does the internet insist on making fun of him with an endless supply of memes? It could be because of the interesting mash-up of his personality and musical talent. And, most famous celebrities don’t get treated nearly as well as Drake does in his meme form. So, let’s get the ball rolling!
10. Stubbed Toe
Drake’s music video for the song “Hotline Bling” has garnered a lot of attention in the meme world. This is probably due to Drake’s dancing skills, the vibrant colors, and his fashion choices. There were just too many opportunities to make fun of Drake here. Just wait, this isn’t the last of the Hotline Bling memes!
9. Dumb Bells
Drake memes seem to capture a wide variety of emotions and situations. Some, like this one, rely heavily on the perceived “emotional” side of Drake. With lyrics like “Baby you’re my everything, you’re all I ever wanted” from the hit “Best I Ever Had”, it is way too easy to make fun of Drake’s emotions. So what if he is a sensitive dude? At least he is making millions off it. But there are other times when Drake is used to really connect with people…
8. Math Class
Everyone has been there, sitting in a high school (sometimes college) math class and just stared at the teacher with an utterly confused expression. As a star in a high school drama, it is easy to find a part of Drake that is relatable. Drake “gets” us. He’s been to school just like us non-famous people. He’s been heartbroken, low on cash, and has endured his share of struggles. He wasn’t born into it or anything, but instead worked his way up. For that, many fans have earned his respect.
7. Gummy Bears
Not many people remember that Drake’s actual first name is Aubrey. He made a good move when he decided to use his middle name. But he still is a sweetheart and a heartthrob–just look at the lyrics to his song “Take Care.” The song, which he recorded with Rihanna, is another song that gives him the gentle persona. “I’ll be there for you, I will care for you, keep thinking you just don’t know.” Aw, thanks Drake. Many of the memes use or make fun of these soft and emotional lyrics. It only gets more ridiculous…
6. Softest in the Game
Not all Drake memes, or memes in general, make a lot of sense. This is understandable since most of them are made by bored, though sometimes inspiring teenagers. Recently on SNL, Drake came out and admitted that he didn’t want to be made into a meme. He even sings about it saying, “You don’t love me for me, you just love me for meme.” His good attitude about the memes makes it obvious he isn’t too worried about them. Although, we doubt he’ll be signing on for a Snuggle sponsorship anytime soon.
In many of his songs, Drake is the good, brokenhearted guy that just wants you to be happy. He appears to be authentically genuine, something that is hard to achieve just by being a celebrity. Compared to other artists like Kanye West, Eminem and Chris Brown, Drake comes off in a way that is down to earth. Unlike his fellow rappers, he is evocative in his lyrics and his beats. But that doesn’t make it any less fun to laugh about them.
4. Bank Account
Drake is by no means concerned about his bank account anymore, but we’ve all been there at some point. Drake is very open about his small beginnings and talks often about how his family struggled when he was young. His parents divorced and his father spent a good amount of time in jail. Many critics have judged Drake for misleading fans about his childhood because of his life spent in the affluent neighborhood of Forest Hill. However, Drake openly talks about witnessing his father’s multiple arrests and the hard work it took to get where he is. He didn’t finish high school right away either, but eventually went back and graduated in 2012. His hit song “Started From the Bottom” talks about making it big with little to begin with.
Despite the hardships, Drake seems to have come out on top. He was 15 when he was discovered and began working on Degrassi as Jimmy Brooks. He acted up until 2009, appearing in over 100 episodes. In 2006, Drake released his first mix-tape and by 2007 he had his first single, “Replacement Girl.” Only original fans can remember that song, which featured Trey Songz. Because of the popularity of the hit, he became the first unsigned Canadian rapper to be featured on BET. He is one of the most popular artists under 30 years old. He landed himself a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, six BET Awards, and set Billboard chart records. Drake is currently working on a fourth album called Views. The single, “Summer Sixteen,” that was released in January 2016, debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
2. No Charity
“Hotline Bling” quickly went viral because of Drake’s interesting artistic choices. Due to these choices, including his emotional lyrics, the song and video have been heavily criticized. It has been remixed, parodies have appeared on YouTube and of course many memes have been made out of the material. Drake’s fashion sense has made him both popular and criticized. The clothing he wears in the video for “Hotline Bling” racks up over $2,000 including a pair of limited edition Timberland 6″ Classic boots. He is an avid fan of sweaters and wears them often, which no doubt lends to the image that he is soft and emotional. Rumor has it that he has over 1,000 sweaters. Everyone likes a big comfy sweater, even celebrities.
1. You Used To Call Me On My Cell Phone
With all of these fans, Drake obviously has a lot of haters and experiences quite a lot of backlash. We can just say they are jealous of his insane success, charming personality, and good looks. And while many rappers are busy dissing Drake over petty things, Drake is busy making history. Drake has gotten called out on a variety of issues by rappers like Meek Mill, Common, Chris Brown, and Tyga. Apparently, Meek Mill dissed Drake via Twitter, calling him out for not announcing his album. The song “Charged Up” is considered to be Drake’s response to the allegations. When Tyga had the nerve to call Drake fake, he once again came out with another song. “You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” is seen as a response to Tyga and also criticizes his relationship with the then underage Kylie Jenner. The fact that Drake responds to his critics with a bigger and better hit song makes him a classic gentleman. I think it is safe to say that we simply love Drake because, really, he is just a big teddy bear.