Global superstar Drake is stirring up a lot of drama with his new album Certified Lover Boy. The 21-track bonanza features verses from Jay-Z, Lil Baby, Future, Young Thug, Kid Cudi, and more.
The release of the record has already garnered a ton of buzz and positive reviews. However, a few lines from Drake's collaboration with Lil Baby have sparked controversy among listeners.
Throughout the song, Drake refers to himself as a "lesbian." This isn't a one-off proclamation; it's part of a lyrical theme. It implies that Drizzy's sexual desires are influenced by his sexuality as a lesbian.
While this isn't a big deal by itself, the song's lyrics are problematic because they fetishize and hyper-sexualize women-loving women. Those who take issue with this song say it's a reiteration of a long history of objectifying and fetishizing lesbian and women-loving relationships in rap.
This is especially true when it comes to rappers, who have a history of using their sexuality to achieve success. It isn't surprising that they've opted to capitalize on this fact in the studio, but it is troubling when it comes to public statements and social media posts.
The lyrics of 'Girls Want Girls' are extremely problematic and have led to a number of critiques from fans online. While many users found the song a bit funny at first, others pointed out that it was promoting a very outdated and negative perception of lesbian women.