Drake, I Dare You [Blog]
Toronto, ON – By now, you’ve heard Drake is hosting the Juno Awards Sunday night in Toronto. *Claps* It’s a smart move on the part of the Junos, I must say. Why wouldn’t they ask him to host? He’s Drake, another Canadian the world loves. He’s grown up on stage and in front of cameras. He’s well spoken. He’s got class, he’s got elegance, and he’s got a sense of humour.
But my question is: just how edgy is his wit going to be? He’s no Russell Peters, I realize, but hosting big award shows traditionally comes with the task of poking fun at some of the stars in the audience. Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart; they all threw shots (some lower than others). And my hope is Drake has some zingers up his sleeve this time around.
I remember last year when he won his Juno. I remember it very clearly, actually. I was in a hotel room in Whistler, B.C. nearing the end of the Slaughterhouse/Pharoahe Monch tour. He accepted his award, threw a couple shout outs and upon mentioning “Hush” (formerly known as Young Tony for those in Toronto), he threw in “ahhhh courssse.” I almost jumped out the window. Reason being, “ahh course” is a distinctly Parma Court slang term.
The aforementioned “Hush” is from Parma Court (a neighbourhood in the east end of Toronto) and that was the reason he said it. I, myself, lived up the road from Parma Court at the time and was quite used to hearing that term thrown around. Thus, I was floored by such an unexpected reference, which is exactly what I expect from Drake this time around.
No, I don’t mean I expect him to throw around obscure, regional slang in the middle of his spiels. I mean, I hope he’s ready to step outside his golden boy image a tad and go in on a few stars. Canadians are funny people and Drake, I’m sure, is no exception. I’ve been around him once or twice, long enough to know he’s got that think-on-his-feet wit. So why not poke fun at Bieber’s new hair cut or how K’naan never shows up without a fedora or how Neil Young looks more and more like a serial killer as he ages…I don’t know, just something.
So let’s hear it Drake. Take off your glass slippers, put aside your genetically inherited Canadian politeness and shock some people. I dare you.
Written by Jonathon “Bizz” Brown for HipHopCanada
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