Another day, another rapper sparking some outrage over their lyrics. Clockwork.
Drake surprised fans early on Sunday morning with the release of two new songs, When To Say When and Chicago Freestyle. And he holds no punches, making reference to Michael Jackson and his Neverland home which was at the center of the unfortunate child molestation allegations against the late musician throughout his undeniable career.
‘Finally give you the n****s the space you need to exist, Michael Jackson s**t, but the palace is not for kids,’ he raps, referring to Michael’s famous former home Neverland, where his children friends including actors Macaulay Culkin and Corey Feldman often visited. However, it is also where Michael was accused of molesting Wade Robson and James Safechuck during their childhood. The two men, now adults, lit another spark around those claims in 2019 when they recounted their claims of alleged abuse from the Thriller singer in the controversial HBO documentary ‘Leaving Neverland,’ despite previously stating that those claims were not true.
Michael’s family has denied all allegations against him as did he until his untimely death in 2009, however, it’s with Michael being such a legendary figure in music and culture along with the fact that he ultimately beat the charges that came along with those allegations, it’s always remained a sensitive subject for fans and Drake has already begun receiving some heat for the mention. “Drake really should’ve avoided that Michael Jackson line considering his own history with underage women,” one user tweeted.
Drake fans have also interpreted the Michael Jackson lyric to be a response to criticism of his friendships with young actress Millie Bobby Brown and singer Billie Eilish. Stranger Things star Millie, 16, defended her friendship with Drake, whom he often sends text messages, writing in a social media post: ‘Why u gotta make a lovey friendship ur headline? U guys are weird… for real.
‘I’m lucky to have people in the business extend their time to help me further my career and offer their wisdom and guidance.’ Bad Guy singer Billie, 18, also defended the rapper after it emerged they also send texts to each other, and told Vogue: ‘The internet is such a stupid-a** mess right now. Everybody’s so sensitive. A grown man can’t be a fan of an artist?’
Surely, Drake wouldn’t diss Jackson especially considering he’s praised him many times in addition to featuring his vocals on his last album. It’s pretty safe to assume that Drizzy was simply responding to the aforementioned claims concerning Brown and Eilish in a creative way. Whichever way you look at it, Drake sure knows how to get people talking when it comes time to release some music. Take a listen to the track below along with some of the reactions and let us know what you guys think?
Drake really should’ve avoided that Michael Jackson line considering his own history with underage women pic.twitter.com/ET8zn15iPZ
— Over emotional (@moebapey) March 1, 2020
Drake Taking Shits At Michael Jackson In His New Song Chicago Freestyle. #drake #champagnepapi #michaeljackson #neverland #chicagofreestyle #newmusicalart pic.twitter.com/BijAppnHy6
— Queen_music08 (@QMusic08) March 1, 2020
Niggas gonna wake up thinking Drake dissed Michael Jackson
— 🎹 (@Dr_Sweets23) March 1, 2020
Drake really said “Michael Jackson shit but the palace is not for kids” LOOOOOOOOL pic.twitter.com/QHXTXHDqAz
— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) March 1, 2020
"Michael Jackson shit but the palace is not for kids"
I like how Drake addresses a stupid issue with one line in a song and never speaks on it again
— Donald (@FadaKrismas) March 1, 2020
drake said “michael jackson shit but the palace is not for kids” and i cant stop laughing cause he was just texting millie brown a couple scenes prior
— david (@sadboylokko) March 1, 2020
Drake said “Michael Jackson shit but this palace ain’t for the kids”pic.twitter.com/7ZO0ePJwvZ
— Harvey Dent (@RVC__) March 1, 2020
Drake is one to talk of the false allegations against Michael Jackson and say it like it's the truth, when there are REAL allegations against Drake of pedophilia and that he was with underage children/girls – which is statutory rape.
— S U P E R 🎡 🌿 🍒 ⭐️ (@SuperFastMoney) March 1, 2020
This is BOTTOM tier Drake. Why did he say Michael Jackson and kids in the same sentence. This song sucks. Make Drake Take Care Again 🤟🏻 https://t.co/A6NbmQOxDM
— 👑𝔾𝕠𝕥𝕙🌹ℝ𝕠𝕪𝕒𝕝𝕥𝕪👑 (@gothroyalty) March 1, 2020
Drake: “Michael Jackson shit but this palace is not for kids”
Drakes son: pic.twitter.com/ATyUlvobRQ
— Jungle (@JungleBoyTM) March 1, 2020