For a while there, things seemed settled between Drake and his father, Dennis Graham, which is saying something since Drake has never been shy about his upbringing and how his dad wasn’t around. But Dennis claims that picture Drake painted wasn’t exactly true and now the rapper is firing back.
During an interview with Nick Cannon on his Power 106 morning show, Dennis objected to the way he has been portrayed in his son’s music as an absentee father. “I had a conversation with Drake about that,” Graham told Cannon. “I have always been with Drake. I talk 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 of this different stuff about me, man? Like, this is not cool.'” That’s where Dennis claimed Drake admitted to making it all up. “‘Dad, it sells records,'” Dennis continued. “I said, ‘Okay well, cool.'”
Drake often references his childhood in his music. On “Fireworks,” the first track of his first studio album Thank Me Later, he rapped, “My dad called me up knowing that I still listen/ And he’s still got his foot out, guilt trippin’/ It’s been years, though, I just learn to deal with it.” And a year later, in 2011, Drake rapped specifically about his father’s absence on “Look What You’ve Done,” spitting out, “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.” So when Drake heard about his dad’s interview, he took to his Instagram Stories to respond and clear things up.
Drake posts this in response to his dad saying he lies in his music to sell records pic.twitter.com/N2T34moIi1
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Clearly Drake wholeheartedly disagrees with his father’s side of the story, writing, “Woke up today so hurt man. My father will say anything to anyone that’s willing to listen to him.” He capped off his thoughts with the shrugging emoji because that emoji is all of us. Who’s telling the truth?
Dennis’ interview with Cannon wasn’t the first time Drake’s dad has denied the validity of some of his son’s lyrics, though. On a June episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Dennis maintained that same storyline. “We had a conversation about that also,” Graham said about his son’s childhood. “I said, ‘Drake, you gotta stop this man, you know that never happened.’ He goes, ‘Dad, listen, man. Just go with the flow. This s**t sells records.'”
In 2017, Dennis was interviewed by Billboard about his career but was, of course, asked about Drake’s lyrics, specifically the ones that mention him. “It was good to hear some things,” Graham admitted at the time. “We had a discussion about some of the things that were said, and it’s all good. Because I know why he was doing it. He explained to me why, so it made it alright.”
He then added: “He did what I always thought I would do. I always thought that I would be that big star, and I never made it. But Drake did it and I felt like, by him doing it, I had made it.”
Hmm, started from the bottom, now we’re here.