Last year, the human version of Bottled Emotions perfume that we know as Drake, had found himself in the middle of some family drama when Pusha T (or Kanye West) leaked the news that Drake had a secret son named Adonis. According to sources, Drake allegedly wasn’t that great of a dad to his son, and Drake decided to clear the air about all of that with the release of his album, Scorpion. The album-based he-said/he-said daddy drama clearly isn’t over for Drake, but it has skipped back a generation.
According to Complex, Dennis Graham recently spoke about his son on Nick Cannon’s radio show, Close Conversations. If Dennis wanted to remain anywhere close to his son, maybe it should have been a conversation he saved for the most-private corner of the kitchen during Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. But Dennis has gone ahead and made their issues open to the public.
Drake has repeatedly implied in various lyrics that his father wasn’t really there when he was growing up. Take “0 to 100” for example, where he says:
Since my dad used to tell me
He was comin’ to the house to get me
He ain’t show up
Valuable lesson, man, I had to grow up
Or in “Look What You’ve Done,” where he straight-up accuses his dad of skipping town all the way to another country:
And my father living in Memphis now, he can’t come this way
Over some minor charges and child support
That just wasn’t paid, damn
Boo-hoo, sad story – black American dad story
There’s many more examples, but you get the idea. Basically, Drake has painted a picture of the kind of dad that’s like, “What do you mean I forgot your birthday? Look in my trunk. Surprise! Jumper cables! Everyone can use a set of jumper cables.” Dennis is arguing that’s not true. Nick Cannon said that his own dad wasn’t there for him growing up, but now they’re friends. Nick asked Dennis if he deals with any of his past relationship issues with Drake today, and Dennis replied:
“I had a conversation with Drake about that. I have always been with Drake. I talked to him, if not every day, every other day. And we really got into a deep conversation about that. I said, ‘Drake why are you saying all of this different stuff about me, man? This is not cool.’ And he goes ‘Dad, it sells records.’ So I said, ‘Okay, we’re cool.'”
Complex points out that Dennis has called Drake a liar before. Earlier this summer, Dennis appeared on the It’s The Real podcast, and he spilled the beans for the first time about Drake’s alleged lies about him.
When asked if he knew Drake would rap about their relationship, his dad replied:
“No. Drake…we had a conversation about that also. I said ‘Drake, you gotta stop this man you know that never happened.’ He goes, ‘Dad, listen man. Just go with the flow. This shit sells records’.”
— Black Kevin Arnold (@bnease) June 18, 2019
Drake also went public, and accused his dad of being a deceitful blabbermouth. Drake wrote the following in an Instagram Story:
“Woke up today so hurt man. My father will say anything to anyone that’s willing to listen to him. It’s sad when family gets like this but what can we really do that’s the people we are stuck with…every bar I ever spit was the truth and the truth is hard for some people to accept.”
So what is the truth here? Was Dennis missing in action during Drake’s formative years? Is Drake a scam artist who spits LIES to sell records? I guess we might have a clue if someone asks Dennis who Drake’s favorite teacher in school was. If he answers, “Uh…Ms. Hatzilakos?” then we might have a problem.