Drake's love is permanent
Drake is a lot of things. He’s the standard bearer for a generation that saw the lines between hip-hop, R&B and pop blur to near non-existence. He’s a shrewd tycoon who managed to turn himself into one of the most powerful brands on the planet. He’s a genuinely great artist and cultural omnivore.
But of all the things that Drizzy might be, few things define him more than this one noun of his personality: Drake is a fan.
He has become great at taking the sounds of distinct musical sub-cultures that he loves and adapting them to fit an American audience. In a world where gatekeepers are largely gone, the Toronto rapper’s co-sign still carries a huge amount of weight.
We can argue back and forth about whether or not Migos overwhelming charisma and hustle would have rocketed them to the top of the rap world, but Drake jumping on the “Versace” remix certainly sped the process up.
The Six God loves to big up the things he likes, whether that’s via a mutually beneficial remix, a social media shoutout or, in certain rare cases, an image permanently etched onto his body.
Drake is the king of doing the most and that applies to his own fanboying. So over the years he’s amassed a huge collection of artist-affiliated tattoos to show his love for the acts he really, truly cares about.
Click through for a few of them.
Drake has never kept his love of Aaliyah a secret. He even penned the late R&B futurist a letter on an anniversary of her death.
“Dear Dana,” he wrote in the letter. “I’ve never lost a parent, a friend, or a lover but I will never forget this day for the rest of my life. I remember getting the news that you had passed and it connected with my heart like a clean shot from Muhammad Ali. I was crushed.”
His tattoo of the “Rock The Boat” singer still caused waves though. The tat wouldn’t seem shocking after Drake revealed his overwhelming love for the late artist.
Drake has two ears and a heart. So, of course, he loves Sade. The rapper went a step further to prove it was no ordinary love when he received a portrait of lead singer Sade Adu on his side.
Drake’s tattoos isn’t limited to the people who came up before him. He’s received several tats related to his contemporaries and fellow rappers, including the initials of Skepta’s Boy Better Know collective.