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1. I Witness News: Fake Drake
There's a lot of stigma placed around celebrities and their behaviors — especially rappers and hip hop artists. They have a certain image to maintain, and the subject matter of their music creates an aggressive perception of them with the public.
If you take about five minutes to peruse the Internet, you'll see countless Facebook posts, Tweets, YouTube videos, memes, and articles talking about what a jerk Kanye West is, or how crazy L'il Wayne is.
The public definitely allows its opinion of these people to be swayed by the general consensus. And perhaps this is the way the artists want it. They might prefer to be revered as these intimidating and enigmatic figures — admired by some, detested by others. It definitely adds to the mythos of their careers.
But is anyone concerned with taking a look at the bigger picture, and trying to see these celebrities as actual people? Outside of her weird stunts and twerking obsession, is Miley Cyrus really that bad? She certainly hasn't physically assaulted anyone or become a public endangerment like Justin Bieber recently has, but for some reason we hold her up right along with him in terms of infamy.
And then there's Drake. The Canadian-born, former child actor-turned rapper has endured a similar reputation in the media. He's been seen as a talentless idiot, a bad influence on the youth, and an entitled, scumbag celebrity with too much money and not enough class. But why? Because his music deals with certain provocative themes, and he upholds the type of image that is required in the hip-hop world?
Is it just me, or does Drake seem like a really great guy? I'll have to admit, I didn't know what to think back when Jimmy from Degrassi: The Next Generation (a role Drake played in his youth) suddenly catapulted to hip-hop stardom. And he DOES portray himself in the typical hip-hop lifestyle fashion, but the more I see from him outside of the recording studio, the more I admire him.
So let's take a look at the top six reasons why Drake doesn't deserve to be maligned by the public.
2. He's Humble About His Beginnings
When it comes to celebrities with somewhat embarrassing pasts, the typical protocol they seem to follow is to try and pretend like it never happened. Asking Mark Wahlberg to talk about his time with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch would probably involve a lot more punching than talking, and Vanilla Ice has basically patterned his entire life around trying to make himself feel like his rap career in the 80s was just a crazy dream (the Ninja Rap scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is like a Vietnam Flashback for him).
But Drake isn't afraid to be open and honest about the fact that he was on a goofy Canadian teen drama as a kid. As much as being Jimmy, the kid in the wheelchair, on Degrassi: The Next Generation probably undercuts a little of his street cred when hanging out with his rapper friends, he won't close himself off when asked about it. Not only that, but he has some really funny and heartwarming stories about his time on the show. Check him out dishing to Jimmy Fallon about how nervous he was during his first audition.
3. He Really Did 'Start From the Bottom,' and He Can Explain Why
Drake has received a lot of criticism for claiming in many of his songs that he "started from the bottom," and became successful on his own. He feels so strongly about this that one of his hit singles is literally called Started From the Bottom.
Many people roll their eyes at this, considering that Drake is from Canada — the land of nicety and happiness — half Jewish, and was a successful child actor on a popular TV show long before he got his music career off the ground. Not exactly the rough-and-tumble, from-the-streets origin story that the phrase "started from the bottom" evokes in the imagination.
Well, Drake has a very specific explanation of his mantra, and if you stop and listen for a few seconds it makes perfect sense. He has no delusions about where he came from and the opportunities he was given, but he also has very legitimate reasons for believing that he's a self-made man. You can see him explaining this to Ryan Seacrest in this open and honest interview.
4. He Puts His All Into Interviews
Talk show and media interviews are part of life for celebrities. They have to promote whatever current project they're working on, so going out and talking to as many people about it as possible is a necessity. A lot of the time, you get the distinct impression that it's a stifling obligation for the celebrity. While not necessarily always painful to watch, a lot of interviews come off like the celebrity just wants to get it over with so they can go home and enjoy some privacy.
Drake, however, always comes to an interview open and enthusiastic. And he always puts in the extra effort to bring something different or exciting to it. He does his research, comes prepared, and usually does something surprising and unexpected. Check him out in this Chelsea Lately interview, where he has come bearing the gift of monogrammed beds for Chelsea Handler's new dogs. It's no surprise that Handler's patented heckling interview style doesn't come out in full force afterwards.
5. He Has a Good Sense of Humor About Himself
There are countless videos on the Internet featuring Drake involved in comedy bits — especially after his appearance on Saturday Night Live — but this music video featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live showcases his comedic chops and ability to make fun of himself at its finest. The song that he and Jimmy perform is both a hilarious commentary on the inanity of celebrity Twitter feeds, as well as a fun parody of the type of music that he performs himself.
Drake is clearly not afraid or ashamed to poke fun at himself and the things he does.
6. He Apologized for 'YOLO'
During his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Drake did what is probably the greatest thing a celebrity has ever done. He apologized for starting one of the worst trends in all of pop culture history.
In his opening monologue, he took time to officially apologize for coining the phrase, "YOLO," in his song, The Motto. If that doesn't instantly endear him to you, you have a heart of stone.
7. He Loves His Fans
In the video that inspired this article, Jimmy Kimmel dressed Drake up in a disguise and sent him out on Hollywood Blvd to interview random passersby.
Wearing a wig, fake beard, and glasses, the rapper asked the subjects what they thought about him. Not knowing that he was Drake, many of the people said they hated him, and one person even sang a song about how much he sucks. He took it in good spirit, and had a ton of fun with it.
But the best part of the video is when he interviews a guy who is a genuine fan. The guy loves Drake and seems excited to be talking about him. At the end, Drake pulls off his wig and beard and the guy freaks out.
Finally, when the segment cuts back to the studio, it's revealed that Drake invited the guy to come to the show. He brings him onstage and gives him a hug in front of the audience. A humorous hidden camera segment turned into a heartwarming expression of appreciation for his fans. What a guy!
So come on, people. Stop the Drake hating. The writing is on the wall, and Drake is officially a Mensch.
And, for all you non-Jews, I'll leave you with the definition of the word Mensch: