Drake Responds To Dennis Graham’s Claims: ‘It’s Sad When Family Gets Like This’

“Woke up today so hurt man.”

UPDATE: Things aren’t so peachy keen between Drake and his father, Dennis Graham, after all.

Earlier today, Graham claimed that his rapper son lied about their relationship and painted him as an absentee father to help boost his sales. It didn’t take long until the 6 God caught wind of his dad’s comments. 

  • A few hours later, Drake stepped on Instagram where he shot down his father’s claims that he’s always been in his life. Posting a message in his Instagram stories, Drizzy denied that he’s ever made anything up to sell records.

    “Woke up today so hurt man,” the Scorpion rapper began. “My father will say anything to anyone that’s willing to listen to him. It’s sad when family gets like this but what can we really do? That’s the people we are stuck with...every bar I ever spit was the truth and the truth is hard for people to accept.” 

    Read his comments in full below. 

  • Drake’s lyrics have always drawn inspiration from his life experiences, including his strained relationship with his father, Dennis Graham. While the Toronto rapper has always shouted out his mother, Sandi Graham, for holding it down for him throughout the years, he hasn’t always had the most flattering words about his father.

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    In “0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drizzy raps “I've been ready / Since my dad used to tell me / He was comin' to the house to get me / He ain't show up / Valuable lesson, man, I had to grow up / That's why I never ask for help.” 

    It seems they have grown closer in recent years. On “From Time,” the 32-year-old alluded to making up with his dad, rapping, “I've been dealing with my dad, speaking of lack of patience / Just me and my old man getting back to basics / We've been talking 'bout the future and time that we wasted.”

  • But, according to Dennis, the two have always been close. As a matter of fact, the Memphis-born musician is now saying that Drake admitted to making things up about their relationship “to sell records.”

    Graham recently visited Power 106’s Nick Cannon Morning last Tuesday (Oct. 1) where he opened up about his relationship the rap artist. Cannon asked what it was like to hear Drake rapping about the negative side of their relationship.


  • “I had a conversation with Drake about that. I’ve always been with Drake. I talk to him if not every day, every other day,” Graham told Cannon. “We really got into a deep conversation about that.”

    Graham admitted he was a bit hurt and confused by Drake’s words. “I said, ‘Drake, why are you saying all of this stuff about me, man? It’s not cool,’” he explained. When he went to his son about it, the rap star allegedly replied, as Graham tells it, “Dad, it sells records.” 

    “I said, ‘OK, well cool,’” the musician concluded.


  • Listen to Dennis Graham and Nick Cannon’s 34-minute conversation in full below and see what bet Graham made with the 6 God when he was 5 years old.

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