Drake appears to have beef with popular music journalist Anthony Fantano (best known for his YouTube channel The Needle Drop), revealing on his own accord that he’d sent the critic hateful messages on Instagram.
Drake posted a screenshot of the messages he sent to Fantano on his own Instagram Story, poking fun at the critic’s rating system – whereby he’ll give records a score from 1 to 10 with a prefix of “light”, “decent”, “strong” or somewhere in-between (ie. “a light to decent 5”) – by writing: “Your existence is a light 1. And the 1 is ‘cause you are alive. And ‘cause you somehow wifed a Black girl. I’m feeling a light to decent 1 on your existence.”
It comes after Fantano joked about being messaged by Drake on YouTube; in a Update posted to his eponymous secondary channel, he talked through screenshots of a fake thread showing Drake enthusiastically sharing a vegan recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Nowhere in the Update, which runs for just over eight-and-a-half minutes, does Fantano even allude to the actual content of Drake’s messages.
After Drake shared the actual messages he sent to Fantano, the latter shared a legitimate response to the situation, calling the messages “very mad, salty … weird and awkward”. Explaining why he shared the initial Update with the comical fake messages, Fantano noted that he would have considered it “silly and trashy” to share the messages himself, but saw an opportunity to generate content out of the situation.
Fantano pointed out that his intent was to “make [the fake messages] so absurd and so silly that anybody who sees me reading them aloud is going to look at this and be like, ‘Drake didn’t send him this! This is ridiculous… This is just a shitpost.’ Which is was – it was, in fact, a shitpost.”