CHICK CHAT: No New Friends? Why Does Drake Enjoy Leading Us Astray?

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no-new-friendsDrake is always starting some type of movement with his accidental advice-heavy lyrics. Remember when he was telling us to just live for today with his cult classic, “The Motto (YOLO)?” His lyrics littered social media status updates and had people blaming their erratic behaviors on the fact that they were taking Drake’s unsolicited advise about only living once. Drake’s latest tune is garnering the same visceral reaction and now folks are out here putting new friendships on the chopping block.

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“No New Friends” is rude. I get it–when you’re rich and new people come out of the woodwork expecting to be your new hype/yes man, as the piggybank, you have to be a bit more aware of their intentions. The problem with this repetitive tune lies in the disconnect between a rock star’s life and an average Joe.

“No new friends, no new friends, no new friends, no, no new

Still here with my day one n*ggas, so you hear me say

No new friends, no new friends, no new friends, no, no new

I still ride with my day one n*ggas, I don’t really need

No new friends, no new friends, no new friends, no, no new

I stay down from day one so I say

F*ck all y’all n*ggas except my n*ggas

F*ck all y’all n*ggas except my n*ggas

One more time

F*ck all ya’ll n*ggas except my n*ggas

F*ck all ya’ll n*ggas, stay down from day one so I say

(F*ck a fake friend, where your real friends at? Started!)”

Growth equals change, meaning when you grow in this life, change is inevitable. Sometimes that change leads you away from your old friends–yes, even the ones that have been “down” for you since day one. Understanding this fact takes a bit of life practice.

I remember when I noticed the distance between my childhood best friend and myself once I hit college. It took me three years to realize that I wasn’t the first person Ashley called when she got an A in her Psych class. I was also no longer getting birthday cards, courtesy girl time phone calls or even a poke on Facebook. Our lives were changing and in that change, we grew apart. My oldest friend became my old friend and I was forced to look for new friends.

I was living Drake’s lyrics before he ever sat his Canadian butt in a wheelchair on “Degrassi.” I didn’t want “No New Friends!” I had an unrealistic expectation that all the friends I grew up with from the days of recess and nap time would be the same people I was club hopping with in college. Unrealistic. I had to open up my mind and accept new friends.

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If I let Drake run my life with his lyrics, I’d never go looking or accept the ones who approach me. Drake can afford to shun the new people who want to be a part of his life because with his fame, any new friendship comes with a pinch of doubt.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with developing friendships with someone new. The issue lies in their intentions. My heart goes out to the rich and famous. If the people weren’t there for them from day one, how are they to trust their intentions?

I’m not opposed to new friends, ever. That doesn’t make me blind to folks with bad intentions and bright smiles, eager to make it to the top by using you as a step stool. I know the difference between an opportunist and an ambitious acquaintance. I’ll take new friends any day and I know the value in an old friend. But for me, all friends are welcome. And it’s good to know I’m not alone.

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