Drake’s a lover, a fighter, a feeler, an actor, and most definitely not a broadcaster. Debate if you will about which identity suits him best, but there’s now a video game that focuses on what’s probably his most prolific hobby beyond rapping and singing: getting into feuds with other artists.
The Legend of Drake: Rise of the 6 God is a new 16-bit online game that hones in on his beef-happy history, which has included everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Kanye, Kid Cudi, and Meek Mill. Although it’s named after Drake, and primarily focuses on his rise to power, you can also play as Lil B and Future. Based on the trailer, you can run around, spout lyrics, craft tweets, do battle with foes, and attempt to woo Nicki Minaj with the “Hotline Bling” dance moves.
You can download for free on PC or Mac from the developer who goes by Sprightly. They recently talked with Pigeons and Planes about how the game took “500 hours” of work and was originally intended to be a dumb joke thing, which it still is by all accounts. But Sprightly also includes a message at the beginning of the game about fighting systemic racism and expanded more on his line of thinking to Pigeons and Planes:
“I started working on this game basically as a joke a year and a half ago, but during the course of that time, a lot has transpired in terms of major racial injustices, specifically affecting the hip-hop community. Make no mistake, this game is still a ridiculous joke at its core, but I wanted to include a note at the beginning of the game, empowering people to fight for what’s right. I wholeheartedly respect hip-hop culture and meant this as a loving parody. But we need to do what we can to protect the community if we want to continue to enjoy it. If my weird-ass Drake RPG can help with that at all, then those 500 hours were definitely worth it.”
If you do end up downloading The Legend of Drake, try to take it easy on Meek—he has some more important things to be worrying about right now.