Words By Garfield Hylton
As the entire world watched Serena Williams beat the brakes of Maria Sharapova for the 18th-consecutive time, one particular observer stood out amongst the rest of the crowd. Social media picked Drake’s face out from the crowd giving his trademark “Drakey” grin, as many wondered why the Canadian emcee was in attendance. Serena responded to a reporter asking about Drake’s presence during her matches.
“Serena rolled her eyes. Drake laughed, leaned forward and covered his face. ‘We’ve been friends for, like, so many years,’ Williams said. ‘Just like family.'”
It’s worth mentioning around this same time last year Common admitted he dissed Drake because of Serena Williams, who the Chicago MC was dating at the time. While David D. didn’t approve of Common’s actions, it turns out that Common might have had reason to worry. Drake, as many know, isn’t a stranger to canoodling with other people’s significant others. Here’s a quick reminder of Drake’s involvement with his peers’ romantic interests.
To begin, there was the ongoing rumor Drake was bedding both of Chris Brown’s current exes, Karrueche Tran and Rihanna. He denied the former, saying she wasn’t his type, and all but confirmed the latter when he was on East Village Radio’s Keep It Thoro show. There was also the time he reportedly visited Lil Wayne in prison and allegedly admitted that he slept with Weezy’s girlfriend. If we’re talking non-rappers, let’s not forget about Drake relieving the Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverley out of Lira Galore’s services.
With that said, everyone is old enough to know that being a “friend” isn’t really saying much. Nicki Minaj and Drake are friends, as well. Drake had this to say about his “friend” on Nicki’s single “Only.”
I never f*cked Nicki cause she got a man
But when that’s over then I’m first in line
And the other day in her Maybach
I thought God damn, this is the perfect time
We had just come from that video
You know LA traffic, how the city slow
She was sitting down on that big butt
But I was still staring at the titties though!
And of course, the song ends with him telling Nicki, “If you ever try to f*ck, Just give me the heads up so I can plan for it.” Clearly, labels don’t mean a thing to Drake. As Black Twitter likes to say, “shooters gon’ shoot” and Drake is “Steph Curry with the shot, bwoy!”
Lil B once rapped, “First, I park my car, then I f*ck yo b*tch.” Drake seems to have been taking his cues from the BasedGod. People might not have understood why Common was so irate with Drake hanging around Serena at the time, but he clearly understood something many are only beginning to understand now. If Drake wants your girl, Drake is going to take your girl.
Serena said Drake was just a friend. He very might well be, but Biz Markie didn’t bless us with a hip-hop classic about about women and their “friends” for anyone to be fooled.