I’m going to tell you right from the get-go that this post is inspired by Drake getting a little upset with Rolling Stone (didn’t want you to be thrown off guard by my title, but it just fit so perfectly with what I want to discuss). Let me give you the lowdown: Drake was slated to have the cover of Rolling Stone along with an interview/article in the last issue, but then Philip Seymour Hoffman tragically passed away. Rolling Stone bumped Drake from the cover and replaced it with one in memorium of Hoffman, which is totally understandable. Drake had a few choice words to say about it though, which he tweeted and then got rightfully criticized for. You can read all of that here, if you’d like. His comments were pretty disrespectful to the deceased and he then had to apologize and say that he didnt mean what he said.
We can all learn a lesson from Drake in this situation. His ego got the best of him and he easily could’ve avoided all the drama if he had just not posted a bunch of stupid comments on Twitter. No matter how big you are, you can never let your ego takeover and make you think that you deserve things that were a privilege to you in the first place. Drake thought he had a RIGHT to that Rolling Stone cover, when really he should’ve been grateful a large magazine like that wanted to feature him at all. Entitlement is something that can easily take over your personality, because as soon as you adopt that quality, it skews the rest of your character. Whether you are Drake, any other celebrity, or anyone who is seeing success in their given field, you have to stay humble.
Staying humble is important, but unfortunately it still will not deflect people from criticizing your every move. Sometimes society expects the huge ego from people who are doing well and they see humbleness as being fake. Taylor Swift is one example. She is genuinely surprised and excited when she is up for awards against artists she’s admired her whole life and then wins, and yet somehow people still think her look of awe and amazement is insincere. A lot of society doesn’t understand being humble when you are successful, because we are so used to seeing the huge egos of the Drakes of the world. But it is still better to stay humble, because then you wont risk disrespecting someone who just died.
While Drake’s ego did shine through in the majority of the Rolling Stone article, he did make at least one good point. He was discussing the the Grammys and how Macklemore instagrammed a screenshot of a text he sent Kendrick Lamar, saying he “robbed” Kendrick of an award. A lot of people have accused Macklemore of having less than pure intentions for posting the screenshot, and Drake wasn’t too keen on it either. He said this: “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music. It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?”
I had read a handful of other articles that criticized Macklemore over this situation, but I hadn’t read any that point out WHY he shouldn’t have posted the text as well as Drake did. He laid it out perfectly. Why shut yourself down to give praise to someone else? You don’t have to brag about winning, but you also don’t have to diminish what you’ve just accomplished. He won 4 Grammys that night!! He killed it!! To make the focus about someone else NOT winning an award seems less than helpful to your own brand. Why not just be grateful for what you were awarded with? Or at least, if you really feel the need to apologize to another nominee, don’t post it for the world to see. Keep it private.
A lot of other controversaries surrounded the Macklemore wins, and I wont get into that now, but I want to end this post with one last Drake quote from that article which really highlights the mindset Macklemore should’ve left the Grammys with: “This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit.”
Own your shit. It’s not an extremely delicate way of putting it, but it’s straight forward ,and I respect it and I like it. Across the board, when you are putting your work out there for the world to see, be proud of it, and be humble about it. You don’t have to advertise your huge ego, but you also don’t have to talk yourself down. All you have to do is produce the best work you can, accept praise when you get it, and work harder when you aren’t where you wanna be. Own your shit. You’re the only one who can make it better, or worse.