How Drake’s “Nice for What” is Nice Towards Women (Empowerment)

It’s no secret how Drake feels about sexual harassment. In fact, the Canadian rapper made that very clear in 2017 when he stopped midway through his live performance and threatened a man who seemed to be groping a woman. Now, could this incident, combined with the #MeToo movement be the influence for his latest single “Nice For What”?

This worth-listening-to song that dropped on April 6th, samples R&B singer, Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor“, giving the new upbeat track a soulful and late ‘90s vibe that will leave you swaying back and forth.

Drake is known for his symp-like songs, but he takes a different approach when delivering this sturdy message of women empowerment. Dissecting the lyrics, we can take away that Drake acknowledges the hard work women put in and how much of the unfair scrutiny we face in society on the daily. In his view, women should be able to flex their confidence on the gram without getting chewed out by men.

With your phone out, gotta hit them angles
With your phone out, snappin’ like you Fabo
And you showin’ off, but it’s alright
And you showin’ off, but it’s alright
It’s a short life, yeah

Throughout the accompanied music video, we see women celebrity cameos which include Syd, Michelle Rodriguez, Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, and even Letitia Wright from the recent Marvel movie Black Panther. Not to mention, the music video itself, was even directed by a female, 22-year-old Karena Evans, also director of his recent music video hit “God’s Plan“.

These women seem to have multiple things in common. They are all confident, independent, beautiful, and successful. They set a bold example for other women out there. Regardless of the pressure for follows or likes on social media, Drake expresses that there is an unnecessary double-standard and women don’t owe men anything, especially if they don’t receive respect in return, hence “Nice for What“.

That’s a real one, in your reflection
Without a follow, without a mention
You rarely pipin’ up on these n*ggas
You gotta be nice for what to these n*ggas
I understand

This is of course an ongoing theme throughout the catchy song, but despite the nice tunes, Drake encourages listeners to really support and hype up those hard working women around us.

You know dark days, you know hard times
Doin’ overtime for the last month
Saturday, call the girls, get ’em gassed up

It’s obviously great that he is using this huge platform to push out this message, but this pegs a deeper question: will there ever be a day when women empowerment is not just a topic of controversy, but is instead, accepted as the norm?

Peep the music video for yourself and let us know what you think!

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