This is why I can’t have daughters: Shakur edition
Last week, hip-hop magazine XXL invited model Shakur as a guest blogger for the week; you may remember her as the leading lady in Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” video. In her first post, she recalls how she dropped out of med school to jog slow motion in rap videos:
I’m constantly on the move and grindin’ like some bad breaks! Sleeping is the cousin to death, so I make sure to stay productive and keep things pushin’. It’s essential to do so, while I have my youth. I’m a jack of all trades…ur modern day renaissance woman. I started in the entertainment industry when I was about 13 yrs old, doing commercials and print work. My momma pulled me out of the entertainment world because she wanted me to focus on my academics. The most imperative thing for her was education. So I continued with my curriculum. I graduated at 15 with a full ride academic scholorship to a university. I had a major in bio med and a minor in business. Yes folks, I was going to college to become a Neurologist (brain surgeon).
After a few years, I realized my passion was still in entertainment and being in front of the camera. So I got back into the industry. I’ve been studying film and theatrics under private coaching, as well as modeling, and being a rap artist.
Some commenters to her blog post questioned whether she was really the female Doogie Howser, pointing out the fact that she confused the word “breaks” (the Kurtis Blow kind) with “brakes” (as in “pump your…”). I think misspelling “scholarship” might also be a red flag. But assuming this story is true, it’s kind of my worst nightmare.
As a parent, you do everything right (although putting your daughter into modeling at 13 is kind of an L), your daughter gets into college at age 15, studies to become a brain surgeon, then promptly drops out to jump up and down in a Drake video and… become a “brain surgeon.” The kind you don’t go to school for. A neurologist, if you know what I mean. A cranial technician. A head doctor is what I’m saying to you, ladies and gentlemen.
As for her rap career, you can listen to her single here— produced by will.i.am– which sounds like something that got left off the Pussycat Dolls album. If I’m wrong and she turns out to be the next Queen Latifah or Tyra Banks, I’ll retract the snarky tone of this post. But I’m thinking her future is way more likely to be leaked cell phone pics and a tell-all book.
Stay in school, kids.