Drake dragged over "disrespectful" Michael Jackson lyric in controversial new song
2 March 2020, 11:58 | Updated: 2 March 2020, 11:59
The Canadian rapper referenced Jackson's Neverland home, where the singer was accused of molesting children.
The Canadian rapper - who released two songs over the weekend, the other being 'Chicago Freestyle' - references Jackson and his Neverland home, where the singer was accused of molesting children.
"Michael Jackson sh*t, but the palace is not for kids / Still women sayin’ it’s childish the way we live," Drake spits on the track.
During the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, Wade Robson and James Safechuck claim Jackson sexually abused them at his Neverland home during their childhood. Michael’s family have denied all allegations against him.
The singer, who died aged 50 from an accidental overdose of propofol, was first accused of sexually abusing a child in 1993 in a lawsuit that was later settled out of court. In 2003, he was charged again with several counts of child molestation, but was tried and acquitted in 2005.
Last year, Drake, 33, was criticised for his friendships with actress Millie Bobby Brown and singer Billie Eilish, who were 14 and 17 at the time, respectively. Some fans think this criticism is what the rapper is addressing in his song.
“Michael Jackson shit but this palace is not for kids” -Drake pic.twitter.com/SbAHcjI9dE— Ahmed/My #Elite Group (@big_business_) March 1, 2020
Drake really should’ve avoided that Michael Jackson line considering his own history with underage women pic.twitter.com/ET8zn15iPZ— Over emotional (@moebapey) March 1, 2020
so Drake wants to drop Michael Jackson p*dophile jokes but spend money on a damn unreleased verse for his last album. that shit is disrespectful af— logan (@ldb22) March 1, 2020
This is BOTTOM tier Drake. Why did he say Michael Jackson and kids in the same sentence. This song sucks. Make Drake Take Care Again 🤟🏻 https://t.co/A6NbmQOxDM— 👑𝔾𝕠𝕥𝕙🌹ℝ𝕠𝕪𝕒𝕝𝕥𝕪👑 (@gothroyalty) March 1, 2020
Drake sneak dissing Michael Jackson and my mans can't respond is goofy— The Last ThotFather (@ThotOfGotham) March 1, 2020
Drake is yet to respond the backlash. Some fans, however, took to social media to defend the rapper. "I didn’t take the Michael Jackson line as disrespect .. Clever fact... Drake walked that thin line tastefully and witty in my opinion," wrote one.
"y’all know drake ain’t dissin’ michael jackson, right? just like nicki wasn’t dissin’ rosa parks, y’all mfs too sensitive. it’s rap," said another.
Billie Eilish recently defended her friendship with the rapper after people called him "creepy" for texting her and Brown.
"Everybody’s so sensitive. A grown man can’t be a fan of an artist?" she said. "There are so many people that the internet should be more worried about,"
"Like, you’re really going to say that Drake is creepy because he’s a fan of mine, and then you’re going to go vote for Trump? What the f*ck is that sh*t?"