On Friday 5th November, upon the release of Her Loss, Drake’s collaborative album with 21 Savage, the internet was subject to a rude awakening. It was earth-shattering; paradigm-shifting; playlist-disrupting. Our self proclaimed ‘Certified Lover Boy’ revealed himself to be a misogynist.
On ‘Circo Loco’, Drake raps “This bitch lie about gettin’ shots, but she still a stallion/She don’t even get the joke but she still smilin’...” This line has been taken by many to be a reference to the 2020 shooting incident, which left Grammy-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion with two gunshot wounds in her feet.
Though he denies it and is under house arrest awaiting trial, Megan has maintained that Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter Tory Lanez inflicted those injuries when he shot her. However, due to Lanez’ insistence that he didn’t shoot her, a split has emerged – seemingly within the music industry as well as on social media – between those who believe Tory and those who believe Megan.
I won’t go into the ins and outs of the case and the ensuing debate over whether Megan should be believed or not. But what cannot be denied is that the level of abuse Megan has been subject to ever since publicly accusing Tory of shooting her has been excessive. She has been characterised as a villain, a snitch, a liar and been accused of “trying to bring a black man down”.