Lil Wayne is facing online trolling for his comments about why people hate Drake. During a recent appearance on “The Richard Sherman Podcast”, the 41-year-old rapper suggested that Drake, a Canadian artist, is disliked because of his light skin tone.
The conversation started when Sherman and Wayne discussed the latter’s decision to sign Nicki Minaj and Drake to his record label, Young Money Entertainment. Sherman, an NFL cornerback, expressed his curiosity about why Drake attracts negative attention. In response, Lil Wayne, known for his hit song “Lollipop”, didn’t hesitate to share his thoughts.
“That’s history. That’s just American history. How I know is because I’m not lightskinned. I hated on all light-skinned dudes in school. So yeah, it’s American history, man.”
While it was a consensus among internet users that Drake isn’t universally liked, they disagreed with the rationale given by Lil Wayne. A comment on The Shade Room’s post about the interview clarified that it’s Drake’s personality, not his skin color, that contributes to his unpopularity.
Lil Wayne faced backlash for attributing the hate towards Drake to his light skin color. Many countered this claim, asserting that the negativity towards Drake is unrelated to his skin color, but rather due to his success in the American music industry despite being Canadian.
Additionally, some took issue with Lil Wayne’s assertion that as a dark-skinned Black person, he used to harbor resentment towards those who are light-skinned. Several dark-skinned individuals responded to The Shade Room’s post, stating that they do not harbor any ill feelings towards light-skinned Black people, thereby challenging Wayne’s narrative. Furthermore, a number of people pointed out that Drake is not light-skinned Black, but biracial, correcting Lil Wayne’s mischaracterization.
Drake, the 37-year-old Canadian singer, is biracial by birth. He has previously addressed this topic, acknowledging his light skin color in his 2018 single “Nonstop”. From the onset of his career, Drake has been open about his experiences with the “light-skinned complex” during interviews. In a 2011 interview with the Village Voice, he stated:”I mean, I’m so light that people are like ‘you’re white’. That’s what I get more than anything, people saying ‘you’re white, you’re not Black'”.
Drake’s heritage is biracial, with his father being African-American from Memphis and his mother being a white Jewish-Canadian. This mixed heritage accounts for his light skin complexion. As of now, Drake has not responded to Lil Wayne’s remarks.