You’re Killin’ It: Drake
Yo YKM has a twin! Like most twins, one is good while the other is a bit more mischievous. I’m sure you know which one YKM is, and I’m sure you can guess what’s coming. You’re Killin’ It, You’re Killin’ Me’s good twin. YKI is here to save the world and point out the positive aspects of hip-hop, because believe it or not, there are a lot. Most of the time good deeds go unnoticed because they lack excitement. Nobody goes ham over another rapper donating $100,000 to charity or building a skate park for troubled youth. Nevertheless, positivity needs more shine. During the opening installment of You’re Killin’ It, we have Drake graduating high school. It might not mean much to some of us personally, but it sends a positive message to those who look up to him. We can’t hate on that. Mr. Drake, you’re killin’ it.
School is cool and everything but Drake didn’t really need his high school diploma. He’s 25 sittin’ on 25 mill’! A high school diploma doesn’t really better Drake’s chances in the world of employment. The music industry is very time consuming as it is, so adding another to-do to an already packed agenda can cause problems. And you know what they say, time is money. Most rappers in his situation would’ve just gave high school the middle finger.
97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!
— Drizzy (@Drake) October 18, 2012
Fortunately, Drake values education. I don’t think his high school diploma means that he’s going to bring out his Immortal Technique, or that he’s going to quit rap and pursue a study in philosophy where he will try to answer if we in fact only live once. It also doesn’t mean that he’s going to make more money because of it. Like I said, Drake doesn’t need a diploma. He did it for himself, to finish something that he started back in Canada. But most importantly, it sends a positive message to his young audience. School is important, graduate. The message can’t be any clearer in this muddy hip-hop world.
A lot of rappers make it seem like all that matters in this world is money. It’s obvious, you get money you’re successful. Nobody cares about a rapper’s transcripts. Nobody ever looks at J. Cole’s or 2 Chainz’ college transcripts. Instead we look up Gunplay’s or Gucci Mane’s arrest record. Usually, the longer the record the better. People do this because it’s not cool to be smart and that’s more of a cultural problem than a hip-hop problem. But that doesn’t mean that hip-hop should follow in line because this genre never has. Drake just took a step towards making smart cool. You can’t hate on that even if you hate the guy’s music. He isn’t the first rapper to graduate high school or the first to deliver a positive message, but he is one of the biggest to recently do so. Drake, you’re killin it.