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50 Questions About Drake

Drake is in concert in Houston tonight. I'm covering the show. And I've been thinking about him a lot. So, 50 questions about Drake:

Is Drake for real? Or did he just never stop acting?

Is there anything that can be written about Drake that hasn't been written already? Did Drake break criticism? Can you defend Drake without sounding corny and contrived? Can you dismantle Drake without sounding corny and contrived?

Is Drake the greatest rapper of the Internet generation? Remember GQ ran that article on Drake, Kid Cudi and Wale back when they all had around the same level of fame? Remember that it said that the gangster persona was dying/dead? Did they become right? Is gangster rap no longer a viable (lucrative) genre? Also, how mad are Cudi and Wale that Drake grew into the superstar everyone expected while they stalled out? Are they like, "Man, fuck that big-eyebrowed fool"?

Ooh, why are Drake's eyebrows so thick?

Why did Drake make that one commercial with Sprite that made him look like a robot? Was it a subtle F You to people that criticize him for being so emotional?

Is Drake really even all that emotional? Did Drake revolutionize the way men rap about things? Why did DMX get so upset with Drake? Philosophically, don't they both do the exact same thing?

Are people still bothered that he assimilated so much of Houston's rap culture into his music? Isn't that good for everyone involved?

Can Houston claim him as its own? Or will he just always belong to Canada? Is it strange that one of the blandest countries on the planet produced one of the most divisive acts within one of the most divisive forms of pop culture?

Ooh, did you know Canada was named by accident? Isn't that interesting?

Did Thank Me Later, Drake's debut album, age well? (Should we, in fact, thank him?) Or do all of the hashtag rap punch lines make it sound wack now? Was it wack then? It wasn't wack then, was it?

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Shea Serrano