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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 04: Drake attends the LA Premiere Of HBO's "Euphoria" at The Cinerama Dome on June 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Drake is not one to let haters have their way without being a little petty. The “Certified Lover Boy” clapped back at Anthony Fantano, a music critic on YouTube, who decided to expose fake DMs from the rapper.

On Thursday night (Sept. 15), Drake leaked his own direct messages to Fantano on his Instagram Story, which read, per Variety: “Your existence is a light 1. And the 1 is cause you are alive,” a reference to Fantano’s tradition of reviewing albums on a scale from one to 10.

Drake continued: “And cause you somehow wifed a Black girl. I’m feeling a light to decent 1 on your existence.”

The messages Drizzy sent to Fantano on Instagram seem to be the first communications between thee two on the platform. They appear to have no prior chat history.

However, Fantano could have prompted the Honestly, Nevermind rapper to expose the messages after he posted a video titled “Drake Slid Into My DMs,” on YouTube. In the video, the music critic admits that he elaborately fabricated DMs from the rapper, making it seem that Drake was asking him for a recipe for vegan cookies.

On Instagram Live after Drake posted the screenshot, Fantano said per the outlet: “Essentially what happened is that for reasons unknown to me, Drake was in his feelings, as he does tend to be.”

Fantano said he got a DM request from Drake, which he described as “a bit of a diss… a salty little DM. It was quite sad and unfortunate.”

“Why is Drake messaging me? I’m not 18 years of age,” the music critic said referring to Drake’s friendship to Stranger Things lead Millie Bobby Brown. “That’s kinda weird… This man is familiar enough with me to know my rating system, which is kind of odd. Seems a little obsessed.”

Fantano continued: “This is why he has ghostwriters. Because this is the quality of insult when you get when that man is working solo dolo. If I wanted a good insult in my inbox, he would have had to have paid somebody else to come in and do it.”

The YouTuber then added that he is not going to respond to the “salty” DM by Drake: “I’m gonna leave Drake on read just like all the other thirsty bitches in my DMs. Another angry bitch in my DMs. I don’t need another one… I left Drake on read just like so many women from the past. I’m just one more in a long line [who] left that man on read.”

Before ending his rant on Instagram Live, the music critic came for the rapper one last time: “C’mon dude, you leaked your own DMs onto the internet. That’s sad. That’s pathetic. I don’t even have a million followers. How do you let me get under your skin like that?”

He added: “No hard feelings against Drake. I think Drake for the most part is an artist who has made some great tracks. He’s had some great records drop… He’s got a lot of fantastic hits… He’s got a lot of tracks and records that I don’t care for and that I don’t like. It’s a range.”

Take a look at Fantano’s Instagram Live below:

Drake: 30 Of His Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

  • "Staying Alive" DJ Khaled ft. Drake & Lil Baby (2022)

    Drake got his 30th top five Billboard Hot 100 hit with DJ Khaled’s “Staying Alive” featuring Lil Baby. The song samples “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees.

  • "Jimmy Cooks" Drake ft. 21 Savage (2022)

    Drake tapped in 21 Savage for “Jimmy Cooks” from his 2022 album Honestly, Nevermind. The song peaked at No. 1 and stayed at that position for eight weeks on the chart.

  • "Wait For U" Future ft. Drake & Tems (2022)

    Drake assisted frequent collaborator Future on “Wait For U” from his 2022 album I Never Liked You. Tems’ “Higher” is sampled on the song. Tems made history for being the first Nigerian artist to get a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100.

  • "Champagne Poetry" Drake (2021)

    “Champagne Poetry” serves as the intro track on Drake’s 2021 album Certified Lover Boy. The track peaked at No. 4 and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks.

  • "Fair Trade" Drake ft. Travis Scott (2021)

    On “Fair Trade” Drake and Travis Scott rap about putting yourself first and realizing that “losing friends and finding peace” is the way to go. “Fair Trade” peaked at No. 3 and stayed on the chart for 17 weeks.

  • "Way 2 Sexy" Drake ft. Future & Young Thug (2021)

    Drake tapped in Future and Young Thug for “Way 2 Sexy” which samples Right Said Fred’s 1991 “I’m Too Sexy.” The track peaked at No. 1 and stayed on the chart for 20 weeks. This song also got Future his first No. 1 hit.

  • "Girls Want Girls" Drake ft. Lil Baby (2021)

    “Girls Want Girls” featuring Lil Baby is off of Drake’s 2021 album Certified Lover Boy. The track peaked at No. 2 and spent 20 weeks on the chart.

  • "Knife Talk" Drake ft. 21 Savage & Project Pat (2021)

    “Knife Talk” features both 21 Savage and Project Pat. The track appears as the 13th track on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy which was released in 2021. The song peaked at No. 4 and stayed on the chart for 29 weeks.

  • "Wants And Needs" Drake ft. Lil Baby (2021)

    “Wants And Needs” featuring Lil Baby is from Drake’s 2021 mixtape Scary Hours 2. The track peaked at No. 2 and stayed for 21 weeks on the chart.

  • "What's Next" Drake (2021)

    “What’s Next” is the intro to Drake’s Scary Hours 2 mixtape. The song debuted at No. 1 and remained on the chart for 16 weeks.

  • "Laugh Now Cry Later" Drake ft. Lil Durk (2020)

    Drake tapped in Lil Durk for his “Laugh Now Cry Later” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed for 29 weeks on the chart. The song received nominations for “Best Melodic Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song” at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

  • "Lemon Pepper Freestyle" (2021) Drake ft. Rick Ross

    Rick Ross “The Boss” is featured on Drake’s 2021 hit “Lemon Pepper Freestyle.” The track is from Drake’s mixtape Scary Hours 2 and peaked at No. 3 while staying for five weeks on the chart. However, the Miami rapper wasn’t the original feature Drizzy had in mind. The collab was first offered to another Florida rapper, Rod Wave, who turned down Drake on the opportunity because he didn’t like the verse he wrote.

  • "Toosie Slide" Drake (2020)

    “Toosie Slide” was Drizzy’s way of hopping on the TikTok wave which included a fun dance. The track peaked at No. 1 on the chart where it spent one week at the position. It stayed for 20 weeks in total on the chart.

  • "Life Is Good" Future ft. Drake (2020)

    “Life Is Good” is the third single off of Future’s eighth studio album High Off Life. The track earned the duo a Grammy nomination for “Best Music Video” at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. The single peaked at No. 2 and spent eight weeks at that position. In total, the track spent 38 weeks on the chart and is now certified diamond by the RIAA.

  • "Popstar" DJ Khaled ft. Drake (2020)

    DJ Khaled enlisted Drake for “Popstar” off of his 2021 album Khaled Khaled. Although Justin Bieber makes an appearance in the music video, he does not rap or sing on neither the song or video. The record peaked at No. 3 and stayed on the chart for 19 weeks.

  • "No Guidance" Chris Brown ft. Drake (2019)

    Years later after Chris Brown and Drake settled their beef, they came back together to produce “No Guidance.” The record was nominated for “Best Rap Song” at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The song stayed 46 weeks on the chart and peaked at No. 5.

  • "God's Plan" (2018) -- spent 11 weeks at No. 1 / 36 weeks on chart

    Who wasn’t singing “God’s Plan” when Drake first dropped the hit back in 2018? The song won “Best Rap Song” at the 61st Grammy Awards and was nominated for “Record Of The Year,” and “Song Of The Year.” The track peaked at No. 1 and stayed at that position for 11 weeks. “God’s Plan” stayed on the Hot 100 for 36 weeks.

  • "In My Feelings" Drake (2018)

    “In My Feelings” is from Drake’s 2018 album Scorpion. “In My Feelings” spent 10 weeks at No. 1 and a total of 22 weeks on the chart.

  • "Nice For What" Drake (2018)

    Drake’s “Nice For What” video featured appearances from Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Rashida Jones and more. The track samples Lauryn Hills “Ex-Factor.” The record was nominated for “Best Rap Performance” at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. “Nice For What” spent eight weeks at No. 1 with a total of 25 weeks on the chart.

  • "Nonstop" Drake (2018)

    Just like Drake’s career and his Rollie, it’s nonstop. “Nonstop” is off of Drake’s 2018 album Scorpion. The track peaked at No.2 and stayed on the chart for 22 weeks.

  • "MIA" Bad Bunny ft. Drake (2018)

    Global superstar Bad Bunny tapped in “October’s Very Own” for “MIA” which was released in 2018. The track peaked at No. 5 and stayed on for 27 weeks.

  • "Look Alive" BlocBoy JB ft. Drake (2018)

    BlocBoy JB tapped in Drake for their 2018 hit “Look Alive.” The track peaked at No. 5 and stayed for 25 weeks on the chart.

  • "One Dance" Drake ft. WizKid & Kyla (2016)

    The summer of 2016 is rightfully owned by Drake. “One Dance” featuring WizKid and Kyla dominated everyone’s playlist as it spent 10 weeks at No. 1 and 36 weeks in total on the chart.

  • "Work" Rihanna ft. Drake (2016)

    “Work” by Rihanna and Drake were also on repeat all summer of 2016. The rumored romance between the two artists plus the sultry dance at the Brit Awards is engrained in pop culture. “Work” was nominated for “Record Of The Year,” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The track spent nine weeks at No. 1 and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks.

  • "Hotline Bling" Drake (2015)

    “Hotline Bling” won “Best Rap/Sung Performance,” and “Best Rap Song” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The record peaked at No. 2 on the chart and spent a total of 36 weeks on it.

  • "Hold On, We're Going Home" ft. Majid Jordan (2013)

    For “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake taps in R&B duo Majid Jordan. The track was the second single from his third studio album Nothing Was the Same. The album was nominated for “Best Rap Album” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.The song peaked at No. 4 and stayed for 33 weeks on the chart.

  • "She Will" (2011) Lil Wayne ft. Drake

    YMCMB founder Lil Wayne enlisted his rap protégé Drake for their 2011 hit “She Will.” The track peaked at No. 3 and stayed for 21 weeks on the chart.

  • "What's My Name?" Rihanna ft. Drake (2010)

    Rihanna and Drake’s rumored romance ignited with “What’s My Name?” which appeared on the Bajan singer’s 2010 album Loud. “What’s My Name?” was nominated for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The track peaked at No. 1 where it stood for one week. “What’s My Name?” stayed on the chart for 22 weeks in total.

  • "Find Your Love" Drake (2010)

    “Find Your Love” is found on Drake’s debut studio album Thank Me Later. The album was released in 2010, and was nominated for “Best Rap Album” at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. “Find Your Love” peaked at No. 5 and spent 21 weeks on the chart.

  • "Best I Ever Had" Drake (2009)

    “Best I Ever Had” was one of Drake’s first big successes. The track earned the rapper his first two Grammy nominations in the categories “Best Rap Song,” and
    “Best Rap Solo Performance.” The record peaked at No. 2 and stayed for 24 weeks on the chart.