Drake has made a habit out of mostly staying silent on matters of political discourse, a decision former DJBooth scribe Nathan S. pressed the superstar on the week after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, but last night during his fifth Boy Meets World Tour show at London's O2 Arena, Drake (kind of) changed his tune during an impassioned and moving speech.
Here is a full transcript of Drake's speech:
Every day I wake up, I see all this bullshit going on in the world. People trying to tear us apart. People trying to make us turn against each other. So tonight, my proudest moment isn't selling tickets or people singing my songs, my proudest moment is if you take a look around this room you'll see people from all races and all places and all we'll do tonight inside this building is show love, celebrate life, more life and more music. And I just want you to understand, if you ever thought for a second that any one man is going to tear this world apart, you're outta your motherfucking mind. It's on us to do this shit together. Fuck that man.
While Drake never once called out President Trump by name, he didn't need to—when he says, "fuck that man," we all know who he's talking about.
Drake, a Jewish black man who was raised in the culturally diverse metropolis of Toronto, is no stranger to racial and religious persecution. Which, given his background, as well as his current stature as the most popular recording artist in the world, makes him qualified to speak out against President Trump's (failed) attempt to ban Muslims from the United States and puts him is in a position to affect actual change.
Over the past three years, many of the writers at DJBooth have been hard on Drake for a number of issues, including his constant wave riding, his directorial vision, and, by and large, his inability to turn acts on his OVO roster into superstars, but it's important to give him credit when credit is due.
Setting aside the fact Drake used his soapbox moment to casually plug his forthcoming "playlist project" More Life, the man with the pool bigger than Kanye finally stepped up the plate in a major way.
Now, the question becomes: Will Drake also make music that reflects the times we're currently living in?