Share

cover art for drake vs. kendrick: the battle over allegations of grooming and underage girls in the digital age [ad-free premium]

Back From The Borderline

drake vs. kendrick: the battle over allegations of grooming and underage girls in the digital age [ad-free premium]

Should Drake's denial of Kendrick Lamar's allegations of pursuing underage girls open a wider conversation on grooming, social media, and consent? In this episode, we dissect this pressing issue and much more.


Unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely heard of the ongoing rap beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar that kicked off in April 2024.

During the first week of May 2024, this months-long spat has hit full throttle. On Saturday (May 4th), Lamar put out yet another diss entitled "Not Like Us," which doubled down on allegations of Drake’s pedophilia (even going as far as to refer to him as a “certified pedophile”).


The latest development came on the evening of May 5th, with Drake’s release of “The Heart Part 6.” On the track, the Toronto rapper mainly denies Lamar’s allegations that he has a pattern of pursuing underage girls, a claim that has plagued the rapper in the wake of tales from the likes of 'Stranger Tales' actress Millie Bobby Brown, 20, who said Drake regularly texted her when she was only 14.


As the old saying goes, where there's smoke, there's usually fire. Rumors surrounding Drake's interactions with young women have persisted long before the Kendrick and Drake beef. In this episode, we delve into the longstanding and controversial history of Drake's relationships with girls on the cusp of womanhood. We'll examine the legal framework of consent and the ethical complexities surrounding men who pursue significantly younger partners, regardless of legal culpability.


We'll conclude this discussion with a reading of a personal essay, recounting my experiences as a young girl navigating the digital landscape of the early 2000s, where I was groomed and pursued by much older men during the 'wild west days' of the internet and social media. Through this piece, I aim to shed light on the pervasive nature of this issue, transcending the confines of Drake's rap beef. It's imperative to recognize that these occurrences are symptomatic of a broader systemic problem—a culture that has long permitted the sexualization and exploitation of young girls online. Join me as we confront these uncomfortable truths and advocate for meaningful change.


TIMESTAMPS:


✧ 00:00 – 03:23: Intro

✧ 03:23 – 10:27: quick timeline of the Kendrick Lamar and Drake feud

✧ 10:27 – 41:17: an analysis of the Kendrick lyrics that level accusations against Drake

✧ 41:17 – 01:07:16: six times Drake allegedly groomed young girls

✧ 01:08:17 – 01:26:24: The fine line between grooming, pedophilia, and the “age of consent” (+ an exploration of Angel Reese’s appearance on The Breakfast Club)

✧ 01:26:24 – 02:00:02: the circle jerk of sadness to grooming pipeline: how growing up during internet's wild west era arrested the sexual development of a generation (personal essay)


PREMIUM SUBMARINE QUESTIONS // Have a question about your premium submarine access or account? First, try reading the Premium Submarine Welcome Guide or check out the pinned post on Patreon. You should find answers to most questions there. Still stuck? Email help@backfromtheborderline.com.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this podcast episode is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.

More episodes

View all episodes

  • when your spirit feels broken: how to recognize and survive a dark night of the soul [preview]

    23:24
    Have you ever felt like everything you once knew is crumbling around you? Or perhaps you're grappling with a profound inner turmoil that seems to defy explanation? You might be experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul—a profound transformation that challenges the very fabric of your identity and existence.Join me as we unravel what a Dark Night of the Soul really is, distinguishing it from ordinary hardships and depression. We'll explore the intense, often terrifying feelings of emptiness and despair that mark this spiritual crisis, and discuss why it's not just a struggle, but a sacred rite of passage that can lead to profound personal growth and enlightenment.If you listen through to the end, you’ll learn how to recognize if you're undergoing this dark spiritual journey and gain valuable strategies to navigate through it. From maintaining your spiritual practice to embracing the transformative pain, I’ll equip you with the tools to not only survive but also thrive through this pivotal phase of your life.This episode isn't just about enduring darkness; it's about discovering the light that emerges from it. Tune in to find out how facing the darkest nights of your soul can ultimately lead you to a brighter, more authentic existence. Whether you're in the throes of this spiritual ordeal or just curious about its profound impact, this episode will offer you insights, hope, and the reassurance that you're not alone on this journey.UNLOCK THE FULL VERSION OF THIS EPISODE: visit https://www.patreon.com/backfromtheborderline to join the community on Patreon. From here, you'll be able to access all full-length (and ad free!) episodes of BFTB, opening up hundreds of hours of additional bonus content. CONTACT ME CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WORK: To read my Substack articles, access my Amazon book recommendation list, submit a voicemail, or contact me for collaborations, visit backfromtheborderline.com.
  • how psychiatry lost its way: bad science, bad medicine and the mistreatment of the mentally ill with robert whitaker

    01:17:47
    Join me for a crucial conversation with Robert Whitaker, the fearless journalist and author whose investigations have profoundly challenged our understanding of mental health care. Robert's seminal works, including Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, and Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform, have ignited debates and prompted a reevaluation of psychiatric practices.In this episode, Robert shares the pivotal moments that awakened him to the significant flaws of the traditional mental health system—particularly its misguided approach to childhood trauma. He delves into the dangerous reliance on medication and exposes the unsettling connections between psychiatry and Big Pharma.Dive into Robert's investigative journey—from his early days as a medical writer to becoming a leading critic of psychiatric practices. You'll hear how his research, recognized with a George Polk Award and a finalist position for the Pulitzer Prize, reveals the often-overlooked impact of psychiatric drugs and the manipulative tactics of the pharmaceutical industry.Robert also shares his blueprint for a mental health system that values compassion, understanding, and holistic treatment. His vision challenges the existing paradigm and proposes a more humane approach to psychiatric care. His straightforward discussion of the resistance he has faced from the psychiatric community highlights the urgent need for meaningful change and supports a future where mental health care truly fosters recovery and well-being.Get ready to deepen your understanding of mental health care and learn how to advocate for a system that truly respects and comprehends the intricacies of human psychology. Together, we can push for care that uplifts and supports, rather than stigmatizes. This conversation could change the way you think about mental health forever.Click here to sign up for the Mad In America newsletter.Click here to read books by Robert Whitaker.CONTACT ME + UNLOCK PREMIUM: To join the Premium Submarines on Patreon (unlocking full + ad-free episodes), check out my sponsors and book recommendations, or contact me directly, visit backfromtheborderline.com. Disclaimer: The information contained in this podcast episode is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.
  • when your spirit feels broken: how to recognize and survive a dark night of the soul [premium exclusive]

    45:51
    Have you ever felt like everything you once knew is crumbling around you? Or perhaps you're grappling with a profound inner turmoil that seems to defy explanation? You might be experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul—a profound transformation that challenges the very fabric of your identity and existence.Join me as we unravel what a Dark Night of the Soul really is, distinguishing it from ordinary hardships and depression. We'll explore the intense, often terrifying feelings of emptiness and despair that mark this spiritual crisis, and discuss why it's not just a struggle, but a sacred rite of passage that can lead to profound personal growth and enlightenment.If you listen through to the end, you’ll learn how to recognize if you're undergoing this dark spiritual journey and gain valuable strategies to navigate through it. From maintaining your spiritual practice to embracing the transformative pain, I’ll equip you with the tools to not only survive but also thrive through this pivotal phase of your life.This episode isn't just about enduring darkness; it's about discovering the light that emerges from it. Tune in to find out how facing the darkest nights of your soul can ultimately lead you to a brighter, more authentic existence. Whether you're in the throes of this spiritual ordeal or just curious about its profound impact, this episode will offer you insights, hope, and the reassurance that you're not alone on this journey.PREMIUM SUBMARINE QUESTIONS // Have a question about your premium submarine access or account? First, try reading the Premium Submarine Welcome Guide or check out the pinned post on Patreon. You should find answers to most questions there. Still stuck? Email help@backfromtheborderline.com.AMAZON BOOK LIST: Looking for your next recovery read? Explore my curated list of hundreds of books, neatly organized into categories for your browsing pleasure. Click here to dive in. Disclaimer: The information contained in this podcast episode is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.
  • how psychiatry lost its way: bad science, bad medicine and the mistreatment of the mentally ill with robert whitaker [ad-free for premium]

    01:17:47
    Join me for a crucial conversation with Robert Whitaker, the fearless journalist and author whose investigations have profoundly challenged our understanding of mental health care. Robert's seminal works, including Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, and Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform, have ignited debates and prompted a reevaluation of psychiatric practices.In this episode, Robert shares the pivotal moments that awakened him to the significant flaws of the traditional mental health system—particularly its misguided approach to childhood trauma. He delves into the dangerous reliance on medication and exposes the unsettling connections between psychiatry and Big Pharma.Dive into Robert's investigative journey—from his early days as a medical writer to becoming a leading critic of psychiatric practices. You'll hear how his research, recognized with a George Polk Award and a finalist position for the Pulitzer Prize, reveals the often-overlooked impact of psychiatric drugs and the manipulative tactics of the pharmaceutical industry.Robert also shares his blueprint for a mental health system that values compassion, understanding, and holistic treatment. His vision challenges the existing paradigm and proposes a more humane approach to psychiatric care. His straightforward discussion of the resistance he has faced from the psychiatric community highlights the urgent need for meaningful change and supports a future where mental health care truly fosters recovery and well-being.Get ready to deepen your understanding of mental health care and learn how to advocate for a system that truly respects and comprehends the intricacies of human psychology. Together, we can push for care that uplifts and supports, rather than stigmatizes. This conversation could change the way you think about mental health forever.Click here to sign up for the Mad In America newsletter.Click here to read books by Robert Whitaker.PREMIUM SUBMARINE QUESTIONS // Have a question about your premium submarine access or account? First, try reading the Premium Submarine Welcome Guide or check out the pinned post on Patreon. You should find answers to most questions there. Still stuck? Email help@backfromtheborderline.com.AMAZON BOOK LIST: Looking for your next recovery read? Explore my curated list of hundreds of books, neatly organized into categories for your browsing pleasure. Click here to dive in. Disclaimer: The information contained in this podcast episode is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.
  • are you guarding your heart too much? (how to break down your emotional walls) [preview]

    19:55
    Are you often guarded, or do you find yourself stuck in patterns you can't seem to break? You might be living behind an "inner wall" — a psychological barrier we all build to protect ourselves from emotional hurt and vulnerability. But what if these walls are not just keeping the pain out, but also joy, connection, and growth? In this premium episode, we'll be diving deep into the concept of inner walls, exploring how these hidden fortresses within us can influence every aspect of our lives.Join me as we uncover:The Nature of Inner Walls: Learn how these barriers, constructed from our deepest fears and unresolved conflicts, manifest in our daily lives, often without our conscious awareness.The Impact on Your Life: From strained relationships to personal stagnation, discover how inner walls shape your emotional health and life satisfaction.Physical Manifestations: Understand the surprising ways in which psychological barriers can lead to physical illness, as modern science bridges the gap between our emotional state and physical health.A Path to Healing: Engage in a transformative exercise designed to help you converse with your inner walls. This guided dialogue will not only reveal what your walls are protecting but also how you can reclaim the power you've locked away behind them.Whether you're feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or simply curious about the unseen forces shaping your life, this episode offers valuable insights and practical tools for anyone ready to break free from their inner barriers and embrace a fuller, more connected life. Tune in to start dismantling your walls and discover the strength and freedom that lie on the other side.UNLOCK THE FULL VERSION OF THIS EPISODE: visit https://www.patreon.com/backfromtheborderline to join the community on Patreon. From here, you'll be able to access all full-length (and ad free!) episodes of BFTB, opening up hundreds of hours of additional bonus content. CONTACT ME CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WORK: To read my Substack articles, access my Amazon book recommendation list, submit a voicemail, or contact me for collaborations, visit backfromtheborderline.com.
  • taylor swift’s teenage dream: a depth psychological tour through ‘the tortured poets department’ and the puella aeterna archetype [ad-free premium]

    01:39:40
    Have you ever wondered why Taylor Swift—and her music—seem to hold the entire music industry and legions of fans worldwide in what seems like a perpetual chokehold? In this episode, we’ll aim to get to the bottom of this phenomenon with a lyrical analysis of her latest album, "The Tortured Poet's Department," through the lens of depth psychology, most notably how Swift perfectly embodies the puella aeterna (forever girl) archetype.This analysis is not about Taylor Swift as a person—as none of us, not even her most die-hard fans, truly know the real human behind the persona—but rather the broader patterns her lyrics and public image represent, which paradoxically may not usher fans toward growth but instead keep them anchored in an endless teenage dream.At 34, Taylor Swift continues to expertly embody the essence of youthful idealism and romantic drama, holding a mirror up to our collective reluctance to embrace the responsibilities and complexities of adulthood. Her music portrays eternal youth, echoing a societal fascination with the simplicity and excitement of adolescence, and one might say—at the expense of mature introspection and integration of lessons learned. Through this exploration, I’ll invite you to question the allure of perpetual youth and consider the transformative power of moving from the eternal girl to embracing and embodying the wisdom of the Mother and, eventually, the Crone.This episode will challenge you to see beyond the surface of Swift's enchanting narratives. It asks why we, as a society, are mesmerized by tales of tumultuous love and eternal innocence, and how this infatuation may prevent us from recognizing that real, securely attached love is stable, enduring, and a conscious choice to stick through the less stereotypically 'passionate' times that modern music, media, and culture aim to sell to us. Whether you are a die-hard fan, a casual listener, someone perplexed by Swift’s decades-long stranglehold on public attention, or someone seeking deeper insight into cultural phenomena, this discussion will engage you with compelling questions about personal growth and societal values.Join me for a provocative and enlightening journey into the world of archetypes and cultural narratives with Taylor Swift's latest lyrics as our guide. This isn't just an analysis of a pop icon; it's an invitation to reflect on the stories we tell ourselves about love, maturity, and self-awareness.TIME STAMPS:✧ 00:00 – 10:33: Episode introduction + disclaimer✧ 10:33 – 21:03: what is the puella aeterna archetype?✧ 21:03 – 27:08: artistic evolution (swift vs. adele – a lyrical comparison)✧ 27:08 – 36:24: the business of youth (taylor swift’s persona as brand strategy)✧ 36:24 – 50:41: lyrical analysis (living in the past, the forever virgin, and unconscious fear of commitment)✧ 50:41 – 01:07:29: lyrical analysis (living in a bubble, inner emptiness, and self-sabotage)✧ 01:07:29 – 01:28:28: lyrical analysis (struggles with identity, romanticizing toxicity, and high school drama)✧ 01:28:85 – 01:36:21: final thoughts
  • taylor swift’s teenage dream: a depth psychological tour through ‘the tortured poets department’ and the puella aeterna archetype

    01:39:40
    Have you ever wondered why Taylor Swift—and her music—seem to hold the entire music industry and legions of fans worldwide in what seems like a perpetual chokehold? In this episode, we’ll aim to get to the bottom of this phenomenon with a lyrical analysis of her latest album, "The Tortured Poet's Department," through the lens of depth psychology, most notably how Swift perfectly embodies the puella aeterna (forever girl) archetype.This analysis is not about Taylor Swift as a person—as none of us, not even her most die-hard fans, truly know the real human behind the persona—but rather the broader patterns her lyrics and public image represent, which paradoxically may not usher fans toward growth but instead keep them anchored in an endless teenage dream.At 34, Taylor Swift continues to expertly embody the essence of youthful idealism and romantic drama, holding a mirror up to our collective reluctance to embrace the responsibilities and complexities of adulthood. Her music portrays eternal youth, echoing a societal fascination with the simplicity and excitement of adolescence, and one might say—at the expense of mature introspection and integration of lessons learned. Through this exploration, I’ll invite you to question the allure of perpetual youth and consider the transformative power of moving from the eternal girl to embracing and embodying the wisdom of the Mother and, eventually, the Crone.This episode will challenge you to see beyond the surface of Swift's enchanting narratives. It asks why we, as a society, are mesmerized by tales of tumultuous love and eternal innocence, and how this infatuation may prevent us from recognizing that real, securely attached love is stable, enduring, and a conscious choice to stick through the less stereotypically 'passionate' times that modern music, media, and culture aim to sell to us. Whether you are a die-hard fan, a casual listener, someone perplexed by Swift’s decades-long stranglehold on public attention, or someone seeking deeper insight into cultural phenomena, this discussion will engage you with compelling questions about personal growth and societal values.Join me for a provocative and enlightening journey into the world of archetypes and cultural narratives with Taylor Swift's latest lyrics as our guide. This isn't just an analysis of a pop icon; it's an invitation to reflect on the stories we tell ourselves about love, maturity, and self-awareness.TIME STAMPS:✧ 00:00 – 10:33: Episode introduction + disclaimer✧ 10:33 – 21:03: what is the puella aeterna archetype?✧ 21:03 – 27:08: artistic evolution (swift vs. adele – a lyrical comparison)✧ 27:08 – 36:24: the business of youth (taylor swift’s persona as brand strategy)✧ 36:24 – 50:41: lyrical analysis (living in the past, the forever virgin, and unconscious fear of commitment)✧ 50:41 – 01:07:29: lyrical analysis (living in a bubble, inner emptiness, and self-sabotage)✧ 01:07:29 – 01:28:28: lyrical analysis (struggles with identity, romanticizing toxicity, and high school drama)✧ 01:28:85 – 01:36:21: final thoughtsDIVE DEEPER INTO MY WORK: To join the Premium Submarines on Patreon (unlocking full + ad-free episodes), subscribe to my Substack newsletter, check out my sponsors and book recommendations, or contact me directly, visit backfromtheborderline.com. Disclaimer: The information contained in this podcast episode is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.
  • are you guarding your heart too much? (how to break down your emotional walls) [premium exclusive]

    39:52
    Are you often guarded, or do you find yourself stuck in patterns you can't seem to break? You might be living behind an "inner wall" — a psychological barrier we all build to protect ourselves from emotional hurt and vulnerability. But what if these walls are not just keeping the pain out, but also joy, connection, and growth? In this premium episode, we’re diving deep into the concept of inner walls, exploring how these hidden fortresses within us can influence every aspect of our lives.Join me as we uncover:The Nature of Inner Walls: Learn how these barriers, constructed from our deepest fears and unresolved conflicts, manifest in our daily lives, often without our conscious awareness.The Impact on Your Life: From strained relationships to personal stagnation, discover how inner walls shape your emotional health and life satisfaction.Physical Manifestations: Understand the surprising ways in which psychological barriers can lead to physical illness, as modern science bridges the gap between our emotional state and physical health.A Path to Healing: Engage in a transformative exercise designed to help you converse with your inner walls. This guided dialogue will not only reveal what your walls are protecting but also how you can reclaim the power you've locked away behind them.Whether you're feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or simply curious about the unseen forces shaping your life, this episode offers valuable insights and practical tools for anyone ready to break free from their inner barriers and embrace a fuller, more connected life. Tune in to start dismantling your walls and discover the strength and freedom that lie on the other side.PLEASE NOTE THAT ACAST HAS A LIMIT ON MY EPISODE DESCRIPTION LENGTHS. TO UNLOCK THE FULL EXPERIENCE WITH TIME STAMPS, PLEASE CONSIDER SWITCHING OVER TO PATREON. PREMIUM SUBMARINE QUESTIONS // Have a question about your premium submarine access or account? First, try reading the Premium Submarine Welcome Guide or check out the pinned post on Patreon. You should find answers to most questions there. Still stuck? Email help@backfromtheborderline.com.AMAZON BOOK LIST: Looking for your next recovery read? Explore my curated list of hundreds of books, neatly organized into categories for your browsing pleasure. Click here to dive in. Disclaimer: The information contained in this podcast episode is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.
  • “when will it be my turn to find love?” (the dumpster fire of modern dating) [preview]

    29:10
    Are you feeling punished by the dating gods? Wondering if you’re supposed to be alone forever? In this episode, I dive deep into a viral TikTok where a creator expresses her exhaustion with dating and questions her fate in finding love. Join me as we unpack why these feelings are more normal than you might think and how shifting your perspective from fixing to flourishing can completely transform your love life.This premium episode takes a closer look at the widespread discussion and often harsh judgments sparked by the video. We explore how these attitudes reflect our collective approach to love and dating, potentially leading us to deeply unfulfilling searches and attracting exactly the kind of partners we might want to avoid. We're breaking down the big questions and the quiet thoughts many of us whisper after another disappointing date or when we see our friends pairing off. I'm here to unpack all of it — with heart, humor, and maybe a little bit of tough love. Let’s get real about the highs and lows of modern dating, shake off the 'supposed to's, and explore what it means to find lasting (and realistic) love in today's world.UNLOCK THE FULL VERSION OF THIS EPISODE: visit https://www.patreon.com/backfromtheborderline to join the community on Patreon. From here, you'll be able to access all full-length (and ad free!) episodes of BFTB, opening up hundreds of hours of additional bonus content. CONTACT ME CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WORK: To read my Substack articles, access my Amazon book recommendation list, submit a voicemail, or contact me for collaborations, visit backfromtheborderline.com.