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Canadian rapper Drake at the Billboard Music Awards in May 2019. Drake’s recent beef with American rapper Kendrick Lamar highlights how Canadian rap is often seen as distant from American hip hop culture. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Why do American rappers see Drake as not Black enough?

Beefs often target Drake’s race, constructing him as a Canadian who is not Black enough to claim an authentic connection to African-American hip hop culture.
Canadian police and television reporters gather outside the rapper Drake’s Toronto mansion after a shooting there in May 2024. (Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Rap ‘beef’ as public spectacle is a dangerous game that artists rarely win

Since rap’s emergence, artists have boasted about themselves in ways that were funny and sometimes violent, vulgar and sexist. The popularity of the music and its exploitation can be dangerous.
Drake has made a career as a heartbroken player who sings and raps. Drake accepts artist of the decade award at the Billboard Music Awards on May 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

How Canadian R&B artists like Drake and Justin Bieber complicate ideas of race, music and nationality

Canadian R&B artists, including Drake, have built lifestyle brands that simultaneously reinforce and challenge dominant beliefs about R&B music as Black and American, and Canadian identity as white.

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