Honestly, Nevermind: How Drake Gets Away with Narcissism Over Self-Awareness in an Album

Like the early 2000s, Juicy Couture, Ed Hardy, Paris Hilton, Ashanti, Britney Spears and now house beats are back – as approved by Drake. Through Drake’s eyes, his new album is the Drake we expected from years ago showing the singer hasn’t swayed away from his default setting – emotional and passive aggressive. The proclaimed dance album, Honestly, Nevermind brings the flashes of dramatic lyrics that Drake introduced into hip-hop when he first erupted. This album is a soft recover from 2021’s CLB, and it’s clear that Drake just needed an opportunity to refresh and unburden old assumptions.

The song’s premise, musing on a past lover realizing that he changed her number, is the type of emotional storyline that is classic Drake. “A Keeper,” goes into familiar R&B territory, as Drake questions why he would go back to an ex-lover. A sample of Ghanian musician Obrafour, introduces a hefty house rhythm saying “Your pussy is calling my name.” In this album Drake comes across as a person. He, like everyone else, fails and falters. This humility strikingly absent from CLB, a testimonial from an angry $250 millionaire. 

We know that when Drake latches onto a great idea (no matter how big or small), he creates a feeding frenzy, and somehow the original idea gets watered down, think 2012’s beloved Take Care, Headlines to the soul of “Crew Love.” All succeeds because Drake’s songwriting hits a particular sweet spot when he chooses narcissism over self-awareness. It’s arguably his most defining (toxic) trait. The incredibly specific and memorable Drakeisms are expected from the artists. 

Drakeism defined as: a way in which a message is delivered, with just the perfect amount of comparisons, with the belief that it is profound—making them unintentionally funny, too. It’s the comebacks your ex-boyfriend says when he can’t understand why you’re upset.

Honestly, Nevermind’s most memorable line: “I found a new muse. That’s bad news for you. Why would I keep you around?” is sung in a weepy note and it is hilarious. Drake so clearly obsessed with love and showing love that listeners realize his diluted idea of love. He has a level of self-obsession and delusion as he casts his love interests as property. 

On “Sticky” Drake admits his version of why he’s never been to the Met Gala and on “Calling My Name,” Drake talks about lost love with details that amount to, “You’re my water, my refresher/Take off your clothes, relieve pressure.” It’s old Drake, meeting new Drake with house beats music taking in the sad and lonely, who find themselves at a house party trying to take their mind off of their own past lover.

The album is what you listen to at the after hours, when you stop answering texts because you’ve found someone for the night and need to take your mind off of who you’re really thinking about. The dance music provides a soother and smolder melody and the genre is brought back to life after being dismissed since pre-pandemic times. 

 

Featured photo: Sidedoor Magazine

Her work has been published in Refinery29, Elite Daily, the Copenhagen Post, and more. She studies public relations and corporate relations at NYU. She loves reading, cheese plates, reality TV, and event planning. She lives in Williamsburg, but Miami is her second home. Follow her on Instagram @alyssa_s_ashley

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