Drake Denies Lyrics About His Absentee Dad Were Written to Sell Records

"My father will say anything to anyone that's willing to listen to him"
Drake Denies Lyrics About His Absentee Dad Were Written to Sell Records
Over the course of Drake's rise to megastardom, listeners and industry counterparts alike have called the authenticity of his lyrics into question. Now, the Canadian rap icon has been forced to address claims that lyrics about his absentee father were untruthful.

The claims come from Drake's dad, Dennis Graham, who discussed their relationship in conversation with Nick Cannon on L.A.'s Power 106 last week (October 4). Graham claimed that Drake's depiction of him as an absentee father was only done in an effort to boost records sales.

"I had a conversation with Drake about that," Graham said. "I have always been with Drake. I talked to him if not every day, every other day, and we really got into a deep conversation about that. I said, 'Drake, why are you saying all this different stuff about me man, like, this is not cool.' He goes, 'Dad, it sells records,' and I said 'Okay, well, cool.'"

Today, Drake took to Instagram to respond to the claims, writing in a story (archived below) that he "woke up today so hurt."

He explained, "My father will say anything to anyone that's willing to listen to him. It's sad when family gets like this but what can we really do that's the people we are stuck with... every bar I ever spit was the truth and the truth is hard for some people to accept."

Graham was at times a lyrical focus of Drake's early career work. On "Look What You've Done," which appeared on 2011's Take Care, Drake raps, "And my father living in Memphis now, he can't come this way / Over some minor charges and child support / That just wasn't paid, damn / Boo-hoo, sad story — Black American dad story."

In June, Graham also gave a similar answer in conversation on podcast "A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal" when asked if he knew Drake would rap about their relationship. He told the hosts, "I said 'Drake, you gotta stop this man you know that never happened.' He goes, 'Dad, listen man. Just go with the flow. This shit sells records.'"

Perhaps proving his son's point, Graham said he supports R. Kelly "100 percent" when asked about the singer's criminal sexual abuse charges earlier this year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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