It’s that time of year again.
Where I tell myself that I will not fall behind in readings or assignments and I will try my hardest to stay on task and not procrastinate. Every year around late October, the readings start to pile up, essay topics are being handed out and I am pretty much buried behind a wall of depressing novels and dense theory essays. I wouldn’t let this happen to me this year, I had a plan and was sticking to it: Don’t go on the internet when I have stuff to do. Easy, right? Wrong. This was working well until last Monday, when Drake released his Hotline Bling music video. I got a text from my friend saying the video was released and I had to immediately put down my readings and go in search of the new video from the 6 god himself. Safe to say, I was not disappointed. For those of you you haven’t seen it (and you really should) you can watch it here.
If this was your first time watching the video, I’m sure a few questions must be running through your head such as “What did I just watch?”, “Is there something I’m missing?” and most likely ‘Why is Drake dancing like that?’. Short answer, because he can. Long answer, because he’s Drake.
As soon as the video was released, twitter, vine, snapchat and hip-hop message boards exploded with users weighing in with their 2 cents on Drake’s latest escapade. Although a lot of the responses we’re mocking Drake’s dance moves and his rendition of the Cha-Cha, it was all done in such a light hearted way that it dawned on me that Drake really can’t do anything wrong right now. It’s hard to imagine that the same rapper who almost ended Meek Mill’s rap career over the summer with hard-hitting diss tracks is, well, doing this:
Drake’s dancing in the video is sometimes hard to watch, but you can’t help but smile as he shimmies and bobs his way across the screen in pastel coloured rooms. It was about half way through this video that a certain realization dawned on me… that Drake dances just like my Dad. Now, my Dad does not dance often and can be found shaking his head more than his hips, but there is a care-free attitude to Drake’s dancing that he embodies in this video that I’ve only really seen from my Dad and other middle-aged men. It’s that same attitude that Dads have when they tell a really bad joke at the dinner table, or when they find a way to embarrass you in front of your friends just because they saw the opportunity and took it, and well, they can. It’s your Dad.
That’s what I see when I watch Drake dancing in this video, he’s doing this because he can, and to be completely honest, I love it. When only the audio for this song was released, I shimmied and bobbed in a similar way in the comfort of my own room. I made sure no one was watching, but Drake is broadcasting these moves to anyone with an internet connection. That takes a lot of confidence, and whatever your opinion of Drake is, you have to give it to him, he’s confident in what he does. Not to brag about it or anything, but in the twelfth grade I took 10 weeks of hip-hop and salsa lessons with a group of my friends so that we could perform at a birthday party. Drake’s confidence and swagger in doing the cha-cha was where I was at with salsa. I thought I was really good, but when I watched a video of myself performing the routine, I had to turn the video off I was so embarrassed. Although I may be a little salty about Drake possibly stealing some of my moves, I can now confidently and un-ironically dance to this song whenever it comes on with radio or at the next Glendon pubnight.
Even if you never wish to hear this song again, you can still appreciate what Drake has done in the video. He danced how he wanted to dance and didn’t care what anyone would think. He literally took the quote “Dance like no one is watching” and ran with it. He lead by example, by making a fool out of himself and making it cool, just like a Dad would. As corny and cheesy as it might sound, he’s inspired me to take chances and just do, and to ignore what others think. If it looks like you believe in yourself, then others will follow. Every single person who has made fun of the way Drake dances in the video is just sad that they couldn’t do the same.
As a tribute, I will be titling all of my papers this year with Drake lyrics.
Keep doing you, Aubrey.