Drake dropped his highly-anticipated album Certified Lover Boy on Friday (September 3). It features a host of high-profile collaborations from Jay-Z, Lil Baby, Future, Young Thug, Rick Ross, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi and more.
The album's third track, "Girls Want Girls," featuring Lil Baby, has elicited mixed reactions from fans on social media. Some are confused about the lyrics while others believe it's a sexualisation of queer women from a male perspective.
It's also generating a lot of controversy because it is not the first time that Drake has used the term lesbian. It was previously in his hit song "Wants and Needs" alongside Lil Baby, which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, ARIA Singles Chart, and Billboard Hot 100.
In this new track, however, he refers to himself as a lesbian, which is problematic for several reasons. Firstly, it is a sexist slur that does not represent the reality of the LGBTQ community in any way. It also has a negative connotation in that it's often fetishised by the hip-hop community.
While the lyrics may have been meant to be funny at first, they have quickly been met with a backlash from LGBTQ+ fans. Almost all of them have shared their opinions on Twitter and are calling for the rapper to stop fetishising queer women.
This is a problem because it undermines the ability of women to be in romantic relationships that are not with a cisgender man. Moreover, it is a form of queerbaiting, which is a strategy in which the LGBTQ community is portrayed as more attractive and desirable than they are.