Rich People Talkin' 'Bout Stuff: Drake Vs. T. Boone PickensBy Hanson O'Haver
Last night, Drake tweeted one of those generic rap truisms that he loves so much: "The first million is the hardest." And while normally this Drakeism would go ignored, Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens felt that he needed to add to the conversation. So he responded that "The first billion is a helluva lot harder," to which @Drake responded "@boonepickens just stunted on me heavy."
A few notes on this, besides the obvious "T. Boone Pickens knows who Drake is, and vice-versa, and they had a conversation, and we got to watch! The internet is weird!"
-Of course the first billion is a "helluva" lot harder than the first million; a billion is one thousand millions. Like, have you ever quit smoking/drinking Rockstar energy drinks/etc? The first week is the hardest single week, but know what? The first thousand weeks are totally way harder than that one week.
-It's not really that weird that Drake and T. Boone know each other. Between Davos, the Illuminati, and that block in TriBeCa that only rich people know about, it's inevitable that they've met.
-I love Drake and I get that it's an indicator of success, but fuck, can we just stop talking about money for a minute? Not trying to be a freshman about this, but if a central theme of rap music is overcoming struggle, and usually the struggle is the hardship inflicted by the dominant class on the lower classes, maybe more rappers should stop constantly embracing everything that said dominant class believes in.
-T. Boone Pickens doesn't actually follow Drake on Twitter. He mostly follows the people you'd expect: oil companies, conservative commentators, Larry King, etc. I'd even be willing to bet that no one he follows follows Drake. Which makes me wonder how T. Boone saw this tweet. Is it possible that someone else runs his Twitter account, and that they accurately foresaw in Drake's tweet a perfect opportunity to score some positive media coverage for T. Boone and the natural gas industry he represents? Or, more likely, was T. Boone reading up on the recent Drake/Lil Wayne Vs. Pusha-T beef and found himself on Drake's Twitter page, where he saw Drake's #humblebrag? We'll never know.
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