Talking Shit

Drake and the Philosophy of #YOLO

In "The Motto," Young Money rapper and former actor Drake raps in his lazy, Weezy-wannabe singsong manner: "You only live once/That's motto, nigga, Y.O.L.O./And we 'bout it e'ryday..." His lines always seemingly drenched in ennui, Drake was once best described by a fellow New Times writer as a guy who's depressed even while getting a lap dance.

One day, we will all properly blame YOLO for legions of unwanted pregnancies (pay up, Drake) and inexcusable foolishness by scores of cross-eyed frat guys with white powder all up in their nose hairs.

To say "you only live once" is kind of a big claim. And, as an ontological statement, there's plenty of room for argument. Like, what the hell does Drake know about the nature of reality that the rest of us don't?

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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