The Grateful Dead Got A Shout Out On A Drake Song, Solidifying Their Place In 2017 Hypebeast Culture
Culturally, the Grateful Dead have been pretty damn big since, like, the mid-70s. They were the highest grossing touring act for years, bringing in scores and scores of millions of dollars from stadium and arena shows in their peak. That went away following Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995 before bouncing back 20 years later with the Fare Thee Well shows in 2015. Add two years of John Mayer in the mix with Bob Weir, Mickey, and Bill under Dead and Co and you have a very weird modern cultural resurgence of the Grateful Dead in 2017.
Which brings us to… Drake. On his surprise 22-track playlist called “More Life”, Drizzy worked a Grateful Dead reference into a verse with a shout out to Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart:
I’m just takin’ what God will give me
Grateful like Jerry, Bob and Mickey
Better attitude, we’ll see where it gets me
Listen to it here:
It’s not that weird when you consider Jay-Z’s line in “Encore” off The Black Album. “I’m Young H.O., rap’s Grateful Dead… Back to take over the globe, now break bread.”
Still, hell of a cultural moment for a bunch of counter-culture icons who have been doing their thing for 50+ years.
Meanwhile, Poor Phil.