Drake’s dig at Esperanza Spalding branded ‘pathetic’ as rapper bitter over Grammy loss

Drake mentioned jazz star Esperanza Spalding in his new track Away From Home and fans aren’t very happy about the dig.

The song is part of his new album For All The Dogs, which arrived on October 6 and follows 2022’s Honestly, Nevermind and Her Loss.

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Drake mentions Esperanza Spalding

In the second verse, Drake sings: “Four GRAMMYs to my name, a hundred nominations/ Esperanza Spalding was gettin’ all the praises.”

The subtle dig shows the rapper’s bitterness at Spalding’s success as he thought he should be getting all the accolades.

He is referencing the fact that she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011, which Drake was also nominated for.

The American bassist, singer, songwriter, and composer has won five Grammys in total and two honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and CalArts.

The 38-year-old from Portland, Oregon, has released eight studio albums and is a hugely successful Jazz musician.

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Grammy dig branded ‘pathetic’

Fans are calling Drake ‘pathetic’ for dissing the Jazz star on For All The Dogs as she is a highly talented individual in the industry.

One person wrote: “Drake dissing Esperanza Spalding, who started playing an instrument when she five and justifiably won best new artist in 2011 over him, is nothing short of pathetic. There’s a huge difference between an entertainer and an artist.” Drake is seldom one and never the other.”

“I’m taking the Esperanza Spalding diss personally because only one of these artist have pushed the boundaries of their genre and is important to music. Only one of them pays respect to the shoulders they stand on like Esperanza is everything Drake says he is,” said another.

A third person added: “Drake needs to educate himself on Esperanza Spalding. She is still releasing quality music & has won FIVE Grammys (including one last year). And she’s teaching at her alma mater & passing her gifts on to others. She’s a real one!”

“Esperanza Spalding literally bothers no one. Drake going after her unprovoked is pathetic. He needs to get a life & so do the people supporting his unhinged, incel behavior,” someone else tweeted.

More about Away From Home

Spalding isn’t the only famous name mentioned on the track, which reflects on the challenges the rapper faced while trying to pursue his dreams.

He recalls sleeping in his car and dealing with loneliness and rejection but never giving up even when the odds were all against him.

The chorus is a powerful reminder of how far he has come, followed by the second verse which references Quincy Jones and Michelle Obama.

It takes listeners on a journey through his rise to fame, delving into personal relationships and the struggles of being famous.

The ending is then a stark reminder that his friends are the most important people in his life and have been there throughout the whole journey.

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