Busy week for Canadian buzz monster Drake! First he inked a deal with Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint, and now he’s released a video for much-hyped single “Best I Ever Had,” directed by none other than Kanye West. Say what you will about Drake, the kid knows how to line up his co-signs.
Kanye gave the “Best I Ever Had” clip a high-concept treatment, casting Drake as a women’s basketball coach whose team adores him despite his apparent inability to steer them toward wins. So much to unpack there. What kind of complex metaphor are Ye and Drizzy going for? Are they saying something about the nature of fame in today’s music industry? Does this scenario have something to do with the fact that Drake played a wheelchair-bound basketball player on DeGrassi: The Next Generation? (Not a joke!)
Aw, let’s be real: This video is just an excuse to show a bunch of exploitative slo-mo shots of buxom ladies covered in sweat. If Drake had asked any frustrated 15-year-old straight dude to direct his music video instead of Kanye, he’d have gotten much the same results. So! Check out the “Best I Ever Had” video below if you’re looking for some gratuitously bouncing body parts in sportswear, then speak up. Does seeing this clip make you more or less confident in Drake’s future?
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