Drake is hardly a stranger to the rumor mill. Being one of the most famous people in the world, as well as the kind of guy who rather infamously — and sometimes very conveniently — elects to avoid interviews, how could he not be? But, for all his ‘secrecy,’ the recent rumor that he fathered a child and tried to keep it a secret was not one that he was going to allow people speculate about. On the song “Emotionless,” off of his new album Scorpion, the Toronto native finally put all the suspicions to bed and admitted that he does, in fact, have a baby son.
The admission comes just a few weeks after fellow rapper Pusha T put him on blast for being a bad dad and trying to keep his son a secret in the song “Story of Adidon.” Pusha claimed that Drake was suppressing talk about the situation because: a) his baby mom is an adult cam model; and b) because Drake’s image is very much that of a perpetually available bachelor and the nickname Champagne Papi doesn’t exactly ooze dad vibes. But, as “Emotionless” points out, Drake wasn’t ashamed or nervous about having a son, he was just trying to be a responsible parent.
“I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world/I was hidin’ the world from my kid/From empty souls who just wake up and looked to debate/ Until you starin’ at your seed, you can never relate,” Drake raps. “Breakin’ news in my life, I don’t run to the blogs/The only ones I wanna tell are the ones I can call/They always ask, ‘Why let the story run if it’s false?’/You know a wise man once said nothin’ at all”
The sentiment makes sense. Nobody’s called Donald Glover, Kerry Washington, or Ryan Reynolds a bad person or parent for trying to keep the fact that they were having kids a secret. But, as was the case for all of them, and Drake, the public eventually made parenthood an impossible secret to keep. The only difference is that Drake had his business aired by baseless presumptions about the shame he doesn’t feel.
Rather than let people shame him, Drake decided to bide his time and make everyone eat their words with this song. Honestly, can you blame him? He’s a parent, and like all parents, he gets to decide how to protect his kid from danger. Per usual, it’s hard to find a lot of Drake’s songs on Youtube, but you can hear the whole track along with the rest of Scorpion on Spotify or Apple Music.