I Just Popped My Drake Cherry and Now I Have Some Serious Thoughts


Confession, I’m 33-years-old and I’ve never listened to Drake.

Perhaps on a subconscious level I still saw him as the 14-year-old who starred as basketballer Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, or maybe it’s that I’ve never really vibed with rap music — but after news broke that Drake was the most-streamed artist in the last decade on Spotify, I felt like I was missing, well, something.

They say it’s “better late than never”, and so here I am, about to listen to the Canadian-born artist for the first time (I don’t count listening to Kiki Do You Love Me) —  just to see what the fuss is all about.

I asked another TheLatch— editor, Katie, to recommend the 10 songs that perhaps best summarise the artist (apparently she had conniptions choosing just 10), and now, I’m going to take you along for the journey and report my totally unfiltered thoughts.

Spoiler alert: I had many.

I think it’s clear I like the more poppy songs, that are a little more, well, fast paced. This one was not.
Verdict: Leave it.

I was really into this song and a little excited to finish on it.

It’s sung in Spanish, and truly speaks to my Spanish roots.

If I didn’t like it, there would be a problem. I even found myself dancing to it at my desk.

Verdict: Added to my “liked” songs.


NB: This is not a song, just a summation of all of my thoughts.

Overall, I’m sorry to say, but I really can take or leave Drake. I know I’m in the minority, but adding only three of the 10 songs to my “liked” playlist, does not a fan make.

I’m open to trying some more, but as a pop lover (who just lost her mind seeing Human Nature in the flesh near the office), I don’t think I’ll ever be a die-hard Drake convert.

Am I the only one?