It’s been a long week (that isn’t over yet) and because of that, I think it’s a good time to shine a little bit of light on a recent blog post by Drake, the child-star-cum-hip-hop-heartthrob who’s been spending his injury-occasioned downtime thinking about the Internet, fame, and the crazy inferno of postmodernity:
People often ask me the craziest part about becoming “famous” and I’ve never had an answer until yesterday.
“You’ll spend half of your time defending yourself and the other half trying to stay sane resulting in you being forced to find time to be creative”
I often wonder in a time where new artists exist in a impersonal cyber world of instantaneous information, if we will ever have another rap legend that can manage to maintain the image that our idols had prior to this method of promotion. I am not suggesting that this person should be me, I am just urging a generation to understand that in order to have anyone of any significance in our lives that we can look up to there will be things that we must look past. There are people that buy sell and trade evil on a daily basis…when u believe in their brand is when they win.
“Even photoshop couldn’t change me”
These are the sorts of thoughts that I have on a regular basis, as I sift through narratives and counter-narratives and gossip columns and Xeroxes of those gossip columns and people just getting shit wrong and… well, you get the picture. I want to know who the “evil” people Drake’s thinking of here are—I think I have sort of an idea, but hey, I’m nosy. Nevertheless, I think he has a point about having to look past peoples’ faults. Of course, there are always gonna be some personal shortcomings of artists that are dealbreakers, but when other “faults” get out there because of a misinterpretation of a mangled quote that’s been attributed to the wrong person, well. Whatever happened to joy, anyway?
And for the record, I only used Photoshop to resize the above picture.
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