“Delete the Track”- Fans Blast Drake for Sha’Carri Richardson Mention in New Album ‘Certified Lover Boy’

Published 09/04/2021, 9:43 AM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 18: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the first round of the Women’s 100 Meters during day one of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 18, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)


American sprinting star Sha’Carri Richardson has been in the limelight since her ban from the Tokyo Olympics 2020. After her blazing performance in the Olympic trials, fans were disheartened at her absence in Tokyo. It is not just her speed on the field, but her off-track rivalry with the Jamaican trio that has brought her into the spotlight. Interestingly, even musicians have been highlighting her in their work.

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Earlier, Kanye West had teamed up with Richardson to star her in his teaser of the new song, ‘No Child Left Behind.’ Now celebrity rapper Drake has mentioned Sha’Carri in his new album, ‘ Certified Lover Boy.’ While Drake the album was due to be released in January, it was delayed because of his injury.

The lines of the song ‘No friends in the industry’ caught the attention of fans. Drake said referring to Sha’Carri in his song, “Smokes ’em on and off the track.” These lines clearly mention the ban on Sha’Carri.

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Drake fans upset with the new track mention of Sha’Carri

In his new album ‘Certified Lover Boy’, Drake has mentioned some sporting legends. The likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and NBA legend LeBron James were give shout-outs. But Drake fans were shocked to hear the reference to the American sprinter Sha’Carri.

One fan even urged Drake to delete the track as it praises Sha’Carri for being fast on the track. The fan tweeted saying, “aubrey delete the shacarri track.”

Sha’Carri made a comeback on the field at the Diamond League in Eugene. However, in her first comeback on the field, Richardson faced disappointment as she finished at the last position. Jamaican athlete Elaine Thompson won the race, clinching the world’s second-fastest time in the world.

Since her comeback in the field, Sha’Carri hasn’t been able to shine. Drake dropped the album just one day before her Diamond League match. Sha’Carri had even announced on her Instagram that she’s choosing ‘violence’ in response to all the back clashes she received.

But, in her Brussels match, she finished at the fourth position. Even though the Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was not part of the race.

Sha’Carri Richardson fans come to her support

Most people have been criticizing the mention of Sha’Carri in the album after two disappointing performances. Albeit, her fans came in her support, celebrating the shout-out.

A fan tweeted, “IDC what y’all say about Sha’Carri Richardson. Drake name dropped her on one of his most anticipated albums. She’s stamped. Go cry to ya momma.” 

Some fans even called out Drake’s album serving as a curse on Sha’Carri’s performance. As a day after the album release, she lost in the 200m race at Brussels Diamond League.

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With the Brussels event, the Diamond League is over. The 21-year-old could not prove herself on the track after the ban, but she has been garnering attention off the field. Notably, within a week, Sha’Carri was praised by the Olympic legend Usain Bolt and now the shout-out in Drake’s song.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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