Drake’s latest single, “Nice for What,” discusses a modern woman who holds the world in her hand with a job, relationship and social media presence. But all respect for this attempt at a #MeToo-era song is lost by burying images of real, strong women with lyrics about making “that ass jump.”

The video — which featured such strong females as Misty Copeland, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi and Olivia Wilde — garnered over 16 million views in the past few days, indicating a general interest in this video beyond Drake’s raps and the hi-hat laden beat behind the track. The video had no plot or story to it. Rather, it showcased different influential and empowered women in short vignettes that follow each other.

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These women include the aforementioned Copeland, the African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, and Blackish stars Ross and Shahidi — the latter of which will soon pursue her degree at Harvard. These unrelated scenes are intended to come together to suggest female empowerment.

I would like to clarify there is nothing inherently wrong with the song itself. In fact, it’s encouraging to see a rapper talk about women having careers and being in control of their brands. The Grammy-winning rapper spoke with conviction as he talked about these “real” women not needing to be subjected to a man — which is a ship we should all be able to get behind.

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The problem with this track came in the juxtaposition of its last section, which repeated the phrase “make that ass jump” many times — with pictures of the aforementioned boss women still being projected. Not surprisingly, the images became more and more sexualized as this section played over. Just when I thought we finally had a hip-hop song that adequately empowered women, I was proven wrong.

Beyond the video, the chorus was another discouraging aspect. This line is clearly sung by a female vocalist and carried a vital role in making the track catchy. Alas, I cannot credit the singer on this track, as she is uncredited and reports of her identity vary.

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It’s difficult to accept a song that is supposed to empower women when a female artist who played a crucial part in this track doesn’t receive credit — let alone the same compensation Drake and the male producers behind this track will receive with every view of the video.

While I still have many problems with the track and video, the intention to empower women is still present at some level — which is admirable. 

Rating: 3/5