In the line heard ’round the world on Rick Ross’ “Stay Schemin,” Drake rapped: “B*tch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym.” He was referring to Vanessa Bryant, the wife of Los Angeles Laker shooting guard Kobe Bryant and mother of their two children, who was reportedly filing for divorce against the NBA basketball player. Bryant’s infidelity during their marriage was well-documented (he was even charged with raping a woman who he admitted to having consensual sex with) and was believed to be the impetus for their split. If they went through with said divorce (they recently reconciled), Vanessa would’ve received $75 million and three mansions in the settlement. Drake thought that was unfair seeing as how she wasn’t “shooting in the gym” and thus, in his mind, didn’t have any right to the fortune Kobe amassed from playing.
Kobe seems to disagree. He defended his wife on Twitter, during a recent exchange with a follower via The YBF:
Though Kobe hasn’t exactly been a model husband, he did the right thing by commending his wife for her role as a stay-at-home mother. Raising children is not an easy task by any means though its value is consistently undermined in the court of public opinion.
Drake’s line reeked of misogyny and a disregard for Vanessa’s contribution to their relationship and family life (and that of other stay-at-home mothers) so it’s great to see Kobe speak out against it. Drake has since apologized.