Dance Aubrey, Dance.

You used to call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my love
Call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my love
And I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing
I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing
— Aubrey "Drake" Graham

People are afraid. People are unable to step out of their bubbles and truly be themselves because in their mind the fear of the possible negative repercussions outweigh any positive output. People are afraid.

Aubrey "Drake" Graham is not afraid. Aubrey "Drake" Graham is also not human; he is a demigod. He seemingly does whatever he feels at any moment just because his bubble is, to quote the immortal Canadian, "So Far Gone". His lack of fear, his lack of consequence is put on full display in his latest music video for his summer jam "Hotline Bling". Please watch this music video.

This video goes from erotic to fun back to erotic back to fun real quick, real quick. In between the flip-flop, Aubrey does his own damn thing. He dances like he is alone, like he is on the floor of Tokyo, or down in London town to go, go with the record selection, and the mirror's reflection, he just dancing by himself. Thanks Billy Idol.

It's a mixture of some sort of South/Central American salsa-cha-cha that leaves the viewer with a smile and a tiny, little version of Drake stuck in their head the rest of the day. This tiny, little version of Drake is bending his knees, snapping his fingers, and gracefully moving around your cerebral cortex. He floats in your gray matter. He becomes your consciousness.

Turtlenecks. Sweatpants. Turtleneck and sweatpants at the same time. A really ugly leather motorcycle jacket. He switches outfits with the same beautiful ignorance he switches in and out of contemporary dance genres. This is a man who is comfortable with himself. This is a man who is the self-proclaimed 6-God. I don't know what that means.

"Hotline Bling" won't last forever. The video will sooner or later get pushed to the caverns of the deep, dark internet. Our short attention spans will find the next enchanting music video to riff on. This is all true; however, the feeling from "Hotline Bling" can stay with you forever, it will stay with you forever. Laissez faire is a term usually reserved for economics and french class, but I think it applies to this music video, and Aubrey "Drake" Graham in general.

Non-interference is the take away. Don't let anyone get in the way of you and your desire to do your own damn thing. If you want to wear a turtleneck and dance real silly for about 5 minutes in some sort of art-deco palace, then do it. Embody Drake, but be you. It all makes sense. Just watch the video and smile and dance and repeat.


Stephen Kersh