Great Expectations: Analysis & Debate on Drake's "Best I Ever Had" Video
The most difficult position to be in for any artist is for everybody to be paying attention to what you’re doing. In the hip-hop/R&B/Black music community, right now, Drake is that dude.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I do not understand dude’s buzz. He’s a good rapper/singer combo guard, but I’m just not wowed. However, I have to come to homey’s defense right now since it seems like everybody and their mama is upset at young Drizzy for his video for “Best I Ever Had”.
(Video is most not-safe-for-work-safe-for-work video ever.)
I love this video, despite itself.
Glad you asked.
In this Kanye West directed video there is basically no point. In fact, the video doesn’t seem to have much in the way of a story or concept (though Drake did his BEST to give a bogus concept explanation to Complex magazine). It seems the video’s main purpose was to show boobs-a-floppin’.
As soon as I saw the video I knew the sh*tstorm was coming. Let’s run down the “problems” with the video, shall we?
– all the chicks are lightskint
– all the chick’s boobs are on display, pretty much throughout the video
– lots of gratuitous stretching, Rosa Acosta style shots
– no real point to the video, period
– lots of chexual innuendo (“take the D”)
– like most Kanye West videos, the video doesn’t relate to the song whatsoever
That’s a lot of fodder for discussion, but none of that is a good reason for it to be catching flack – hell it’s the general outline for most of today’s videos. The reason he’s catching flack is this: it’s the video for “Best I Ever Had”, the song that makes most women love the Young Angel. With this one song, women everywhere who pretty much don’t care for most of today’s rap found the one man who acknowledged the ladies and put them on a pedestal even if in other songs he referencing women as ho*s.
That, and that alone is his biggest problem. Women have expectations for Drake. A while back I posited 10 reasons why women love Drake, and though I didn’t mention it, this song is largely the reason. Women decided that Drake was the respectful savior to today’s generally exploitation heavy hip-hop while forgetting one simple fact.
Drake is still a man.
(I actually think the video is semi-genius; make the music for the ladies but make the videos for the men. Great Gatsby!)
Once the video aired, many women were up in arms (I’ve stayed reading message boards about this because the response befuddles me, from women AND men). How could Drake make such an “ignorantly, exploitative video”? How come there are so many boobs? How come all the boob-ers are light skinned?
Aside: I’ve often wondered if Black women would feel better if the exploitation was more diverse? A lot of the arguments about videos is that all the women are light, ethnically ambiguous to white looking women. If they were all darkskint, would that be better? Is exploitation more palatable as long as everybody gets their shot to be exploited? Methinks not. Then again, I didn’t think Jodeci would end up on crack.
From an artistic standpoint, the video adds absolutely nothing to the song. In fact, the video just comes across as some sh*t they basically decided to do on a random Wednesday, and because they could, they called everybody they knew and just started rolling film with a bunch of litebrite models. No harm, no foul really. And if it was anybody but Drake, this video would probably be written off as just another video that does nothing more than exist. Kind of like a Plies video.
But this is Drake, hip-hop’s wunderkid. He’s making music women can enjoy and appreciate without feeling like they’re betraying the gender. He’s not supposed to be like every other rapper out there. He’s wheelchair Jimmy for goodness’ sake.
Poor guy, really. First he gives a sh*tty performance on the national stage on BET, now he’s giving the boob treatment to his “respectful” chick song.
Oh well. Score one more for mankind. I personally don’t see the big deal. Rather, I wonder what people were expecting? Aside from this one song, most of his other songs fit right in with the “regular rapper mold”. Plus he runs with Lil Wayne and Kanye – proprietor of the “Throw Some D’s” remix aimed at D-cups, not Daytons.
Perhaps, I’m being shortsighted.
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