The constant criticism of Drake is that he’s soft and he’s only rapping for the ladies. While new releases has its share of lovelorn subject matter, it’s hard to make those claims anymore. At times he’s downright brazen on the mixtape, which is what makes it so compelling.
Only his softly sung tracks "Take Care; Hold On, We’re Going Home" made it into the charts previously. The song "Hotline Bling" changed the dynamic. He was now a pop singer who rapped. "One Dance" moved into its slipstream, and renewed his relationship with Rihanna, following another hit track “Work.”
“Soon as you see the text, reply me / I don’t want to spend time fighting” is a typical Drake lyric. One Dance’s chorus is as relatable as it gets. After all, one of life’s greatest pleasures is dancing with a drink in your hand.
I wouldn’t consider Drake’s song’s “too soft”. First of all, a song like "One Dance" is very catchy. It works for jogging, for driving, and at any point on a night out, from pre-drinking to straight up lit. It also followed Drake’s huge single Hotline Bling.
This is not the first or the last time that Drake or anyone else will catch trouble for not identifying or belonging to the stereotypical mold that rappers must embody. Societal norms maintain that in order to be a rapper, especially one that boasts the title "gangster rapper," you had to have lived a life of struggle that can be easily identified in the public eye.
Whether or not Drake actually departed from a lower income neighborhood; it shouldn’t be a contributing factor to the makings of his personality. Belonging to a neighborhood or cult does not determine what becomes of you. All in all, whether you're Drake or not, you shouldn’t allow someone's opinion of belonging to a societal label discourage you from following your dreams.