With more hip-hop artists today jumping on social media to connect with fans and to promote their music, there’s one rap superstar that has mixed feelings about the whole movement. Young Money’s Drake (@Drake), who has accumulated close to four million followers, feels this new generation of hip-hop is heading in the wrong direction with social media.
In an exclusive interview with The Source, Drake talks with former editor-in-chief Kim Osorio about two platforms, Tumblr and Twitter, and how they are possibly damaging younger fans. Drizzy expresses the idea of teenagers not making their own moments, but living through other people’s moments.
“I’m really scared for my generation, you know. The thing that scares me most is Tumblr. I hate what Tumblr has become. Because it like, it reminds me of those clique-y girls in high school that used to make fun of everyone else and define what was cool, but in five years, when you all graduate, that shit doesn’t matter. No one gives a fuck about that shit. Instead of kids going out and making their own moments, they’re just taking these images and living vicariously through other people’s moments. It just kills me. Then you’ll meet them and they’re just the biggest turkey in the world. They don’t actually embody any of those things. They just emulate. It’s scary man, simulation life that we’re living. It scares me.”
He also explains Twitter’s superpower of “knowing what you’re thinking” at any given time: “I’ll tell you, my biggest thing was, I remember, it was on Twitter. I remember the day my mom was getting surgery and someone came on Twitter and they were like, ‘Yo, Drake, I hope your mom dies.’ You don’t really mean that.” …Like, you know you’re going to see something bad. Out of 1000 compliments, it’s so crazy. It’s basically, like, when you used to sit there as a kid, and want to know what everyone is thinking. That’s your superpower. [Twitter is] knowing what everyone is thinking.” –Eric Diep