Drake Is Overrated, So Please Stop With The Hype

Drake Is Overrated, So Please Stop With The Hype

Drake has good pop hits; this I cannot deny. This does not mean that he is some sort of great lyricist. Or has good beats. Or has good critical success.


Drake recently released "Scorpion," the newest blockbuster release in a long line of them for the Canadian rapper. It has been remarkably popular; it broke multiple streaming records since its release, and it seems that it will become a mainstay amongst the music listeners and Twitter music pundits for years to come. Here's my issue; I don't think it is that good, and I don't think his success merits a spot at the top of the game. I respect him for the hustle and his ability to rap and sing, but the hype is unjustifiable. Lyrics, themes, instrumentals, just having the ability to sing does not make a rapper a great one automatically.

First off, let's just look at the lyrics and the themes placed in them. Consistently, it revolves around the same thing (though, as he said on 100, he could easily have been a "conscious rapper"). He constantly rattles on about fame, his ability to succeed, the products of fame, so on and so forth. It gets kind of tiring, and I say this as someone who does appreciate a Drake song. Simply put, it all feels kind of... fake-deep. Superficial. Nothing of any real depth. One critic described his lyrics as "zingy amorphisms and perennial trust issues." I do not think I have ever heard something describe Drake's lyrics as well as that. Sure, he has songs that resonate with you, but nothing consistent.

This isn't even addressing the other aspects of his music, such as the beats. The guy had no history of making dancehall music prior to, and it was never in his repertoire. I like when musicians experiment, but dancehall has only been good as a honed and perfected craft. That is why Popcaan is so good, and Drake... made atmospheric, bland, empty dancehall on "Views." There were many songs like this on "Views"; just atmospheric, spacy, bland dancehall-rap. "Even More Life," which I enjoyed, had a lot of filler, and felt ruined by trying to prolong it, and the beats showed. So many beats on this album (as well as others) that did not make me love the album, and it detracted from some really good tracks. Overall, the beats are consistently just a retreaded version of previous pieces.

Drake, critically speaking, also is not too popular. I don't care how much stock you place in the opinions of critics, there is value in my eyes. Let's take "Views": aggregate score of 68. "Scorpion": aggregate score of 68 on Metacritic as well. "More Life"? 78, which is his highest. "Thank Me Later," arguably my favorite album from him, is only a 75. Not the hallmark of a consistently great rapper. Even Big K.R.I.T. — Many critics describe his works as the same thing almost every time; clichés, platitudes, and retreaded beats. Criticisms of him not challenging himself enough artistically. Quite peculiar (not really).

Look, I am not saying Drake needs to put out think pieces every time he releases music. I don't expect him to deviate significantly from his formula because it's a money maker — and more power to him. I am just saying that I do not go to Drake if I really want to be in my feelings or to contemplate life. I do not go to Drake to listen to anything new or exciting. Danny Brown, the Roots, Tribe, and others consistently provide that for me. I just accept Drake as he is; a pop rapper. That's my opinion. More power to him, though. Get the bag.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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