Shooting All the Shots
While Drake killed it on the ones and twos at Netflix’s Golden Globes after party, it seems as though he didn’t impress a certain starlet enough beforehand. Insecure actress Issa Rae allegedly turned the rapper down when he approached her after Sunday (Jan. 7) night’s award ceremony.
E! News‘ sources offered mixed recollections of the stars’ interaction, but they all ended up with Issa walking away from Champagne Papi.
Not This One
Drake — who attended the 75th annual Golden Globes Awards on the strength of his hand in Netflix’s Top Boy — was spotted approaching Issa Rae shortly after the annual ceremony ended. According to one of E!‘s insiders, the rapper “made his whole group stop so he could go talk to her.”
The source revealed that Drake invited the Insecure star to the Netflix bash he was heading to before she politely declined. “‘Thanks, but no thanks!'” the source claimed Issa replied. They went on to say that Drake, simply put, “got denied.”
He Said, She said
A separate source saw their interaction differently. They swear the “Hotline Bling” artist was “never denied” by Issa, but instead the two “exchanged pleasantries” in passing. “They don’t really know each other but are friendly,” the insider spilled.
Let one other source tell it though, Drake possibly wants to be more than “friendly.”
“He thinks Issa Rae is beautiful and talented. He would like to take her on date if he was given the opportunity. He talks highly of her talents to people,” E! was told.
Speculation aside, the actress’ social media posts about Drake were very telling on their own. Though a source claimed Issa declined Drake’s invitation to Netflix’s after party, she ended up there anyway.
The Awkward Black Girl actress dubbed Drake “Zaddy” as she videoed him carefully DJing. The short clip switches from the rapper to Issa and a friend vibing out to the music.
If that wasn’t enough to prove the Toronto native impressed her, Issa posted another video commending Drake’s skills. Clad in a grey t-shirt while laying in bed, Issa shared that she was “pleased” with Drake’s music selections that night.
“I must say that he was a phenmonial DJ. He played all the correct tracks. The playlist was simply… correct,” she said matter-of-factly.