• Will Samuels

Debate Time: Did Drake Retire?

By Will Samuels

In the rap and hip-hop community, everybody’s eyes are currently on Drake. After a series of many events, rumors have begun circling that Drake may have in fact retired from rapping. The complicated history leading up to Drake’s potential retirement began a couple of months ago, and we are here to provide the full timeline.

September 17, 2020: Drake wins the SBL Championship. What is the SBL, you may ask? Well SBL is an acronym for the Sanctuary Basketball League, a league that Drake formed himself. After a season within this league, Drake’s team came out on top and won the championship (how convenient). Drake has had an eternal pursuit in which he tries more and more to become like a professional basketball player. For a long time, it has been clear that basketball represents much more than an interest to Drake, and him finally winning some type of championship himself (we are not counting the Raptors championship, for obvious reasons) may reflect that he considers pursuing basketball more intensely.

October 24, 2020: On this date, which also happened to be Drake’s 34th birthday, Drake announced that he would be releasing an album called “Certified Lover Boy” in early 2021. Drake fans around the globe rejoiced, having not received a full-length studio album from their rapper since 2019. At this point in time, Drake fans were extremely optimistic about the near future.

November 10, 2020: On this date, Drake announced via Instagram that he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL he apparently suffered. It’s unclear how Drake suffered this injury, but I think I can make a pretty good guess. IT NEVER HAPPENED. First, Drake comes closer to his dreams of basketball by winning a championship in September. Now, not even 3 months later, Drake suffers a “torn ACL”, a gruesome injury that is very common for NBA athletes. Drake winning his own basketball league is vital evidence that Drake would go to such lengths to fraudulently come closer to his basketball dreams. I don’t find it farfetched whatsoever that Drake would fake an injury to get closer to living his NBA dreams.

January 20, 2021: Drake announces on Instagram that he will be delaying the release of Certified Lover Boy in order to focus on his torn ACL recovery. At this point, it should’ve been evident that Drake was mulling retirement from his rap career. Drake delayed the release of an album to “rehab” a nonexistent injury. It should also be noted that a torn ACL wouldn’t even impact Drake’s ability to release music. Drake fans were quite disappointed when they saw this news, and this announcement has since sparked rumors of Drake’s retirement. It is currently unforeseen as to whether or not Drake would come out of this potential retirement. This would not be a particularly surprising development, however, because it would bear resemblance to Michael Jordan’s decision to unretire.

March 15, 2021: After a spectacular performance from Stephen Curry, Drake was excited to imitate Curry’s signature move after the game. However, this imitation looked particularly effortless, and it again sparked the discussion as to whether or not Drake really tore his ACL.

We’ll keep you all updated on this timeline that surely won’t be ending soon.