After watching four Republican debates featuring the crowded clown car of a primary field, it'll be refreshing to watch the much more streamlined field of Democratic candidates debate for a second time. Only three candidates will take the stage to deliver their takes on domestic and foreign policy: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley. The debate, hosted by CBS News and Twitter, will take place Nov. 14 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. So naturally, instead of reporting on the upcoming event in boring, everyday news speak, why don't we let the lyrics of hip-hop virtuoso Drake do the talking? Here's everything you need to know about the second Democratic debate explained in Drake lyrics.
So here's the basic gist of the Democratic race: Clinton has consistently led in the polls, even though Sanders has proven to be a viable threat time and again, while O'Malley remains a long shot, but not without making an outstanding impression at the first debate. Clinton's campaign is not without its issues, as her private emails and the Benghazi investigation continue to plague her. Sanders has set himself apart as the people's candidate, focusing his platform on income, gender, and racial equality. And O'Malley's tough on guns, even though he's got huge ones.
Now that you have the background scoop — albeit a very condensed version — I'll let Drake tell you everything you need to know.
Hillary Clinton's Ongoing Battle With Her Detractors, As Told By "Do What You Do"
Stance on lean, leg up on the wall
My people they chill, why you haters wanna ball
I'm satisfied with a little, why you haters want it all
You waiting for the spring, and I'm gettin' it in the fall
But uh, do what you do what you, I do what I do
Drake deftly conveys Clinton's frustrations over those who continue to accuse her of violating federal law with her use of a private email server, as well as with the Benghazi committee. "You waiting for the spring, and I'm gettin' it in the fall" can refer to the "haters" hoping for her loss in the primaries next year, while she continues to perform like a boss in the polls and at the debates now, in the fall.
Martin O'Malley Feels Intimidated By Hillary, As Told By "Hotline Bling"
Ever since I left the city,
You got a reputation for yourself now
Everybody knows and I feel left out
Girl you got me down, you got me stressed out
O'Malley probably does feel left out oftentimes. How could he not, when Clinton and Sanders dominate the headlines and polls? As his biggest rival, Clinton stresses him out on a daily basis. He probably wants to go back to his home city of Baltimore, where he's still top dog.
Bernie Sanders' Vision Of The American Dream, As Told By "Started From The Bottom"
I done kept it real from the jump
Living at my mama's house we'd argue every mornin' n****,
I was trying to get it on my own
Working all night, traffic on the way home
And my uncle calling me like "Where ya at?
I gave you the keys told ya bring it right back"
N****, I just think it's funny how it goes
Now I'm on the road, half a million for a show
And we ...
Not only is this Sanders' own story, but the song speaks to the essence of the American dream, which says that anyone can start out at the bottom and make their way to the top with hard work.
Hillary Through Bill's Eyes, As Told By "Make Me Proud"
I like a woman with a future and a past
I'm so proud of you
Everything's adding up, you've been through hell and back
That's why you're bad as fuck and you
I bet this is how Bill feels every time he watches her speak at a campaign stop, or when she crushed it at the first debate.
Bernie Sanders' Passion, As Told By "Scholarships"
If I could give everything back to you
All this passion I got, all I ever needed
For me to move on and succeed
For me to move on and succeed
Jealousy, envy and greed
Too much of that shit I don't need it
If Sanders had the kind of money that Trump has, he'd probably give it all back to the community. But for now, all he can give is his passion, which he dispenses liberally. "Jealousy, envy and greed," however, are his most loathed sins. That's why he refuses to run attack ads or accept donations from corporations.
How Every Candidate Must Feel Onstage, As Told By "Fireworks"
Lookin’ down from the top and its crowded below
My fifteen minutes started an hour ago
Truth over fame, you know I respect the blatant shit
When I hear them talking, I just don't know what to make of it
These lyrics describe the dizzying experience each candidate must feel as they strive to be as truthful as possible from the podium. "When I hear them talking, I just don't know what to make of it" conjures images of the candidates giving each other side-eye from their respective podiums.Images: Giphy