Hey Drake, Depression Isn’t Weakness

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By Molly Burford

Drake, the sensitive guy whom we’ve all learned to know and love for his introspective, crafty, and vulnerable lyrics has disappointed the Internet and fans alike in a big way. In his new song released yesterday, “Two Birds One Stone,” the rapper dissed Kid Cudi for his struggles with depression and suicidal urges – battles which led Kid Cudi to check himself into rehab, as he announced on Facebook on October 4th.

In the song, Drake raps:

“You were the man on the moon, now you go through your phases
Life of the angry and famous
Rap like I know I’m the greatest and give you the tropical flavors
Still never been on hiatus
You stay xan and perked up so when reality set in you don’t gotta face it.”

Say what? Who is this guy spewing stigmas and what has he done with Drake?! I mean, there are literal products for sale on Etsy that are dedicated to Drake’s sensitive tendencies. His entire album Views basically emotionally destroyed us all. You think he would be a little more than aware that what Cudi is going through is something that is not to be taken lightly, or made fun of. And yet here we are. So what’s the deal?

Back in September, Cudi took a stab at Drake and Kanye West on Twitter, which led to a feud between the three. While Kanye initially clapped back, he eventually put the qualm to rest at a show during his Saint Pablo tour, saying that Kid Cudi was his “brother” and that he hoped he was doing well. However, it seems Drake hasn’t moved on, as it’s now being speculated that the diss in question is payback for Cudi’s rant.

Of course, feuds aren’t uncommon in the rap world. We can all probably name where we were when the great Drake and Meek beef first began. However, Drake goes too far in his diss because it not only affects Kid Cudi, but to all those suffering from mental illness. Drake is a huge celebrity. He is influential. So for him to mock someone for suffering from something so painful and so real, is a huge low blow.

In Drake implying that Cudi’s depression makes him weak, he is saying that all who suffer from depression are weak. In shaming taking time off to take care of oneself mentally and emotionally, he is discouraging others from seeking help. By indicating that what Kid Cudi is going through is merely a phase, it discredits and undermines an incredibly real, debilitating struggle, one that can last years. It’s not a phase. It’s not weakness. It’s illness.

I really hope Drake comes to his usual thoughtful senses and apologizes for what seems to be a severe lapse in judgment. Because what his lack of insight into mental illness shows is that the stigma is still alive and well, even in those who are in tune with their emotions. By Drake coming forward and admitting that what he said was wrong and apologizing to Cudi, it could really help start break down the barriers. It could really help someone else realize that they aren’t weak; they just need a helping hand.


Molly is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

Featured image courtesy of Instagram.

One thought on “Hey Drake, Depression Isn’t Weakness

  1. mybetterlifeca says:

    Great article, thanks for posting this. I was stunned when I heard that Drake had done that :(. It does nothing but add ignorance to an already stigmatized condition. I really like Drake and Kid Cudi and was really impressed on how he handled his dec’n to seek help.

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