Fake or Drake? Why an Awkward IG Post Had Folks Ready to Pull Drake's #BeardGang Card

Rapper Drake attends day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018 in London, England.
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Is Papi really champagne, or prosecco? That’s the question folks were asking after catching a glimpse of an Instagram post that appeared to show Drake’s lace-front beard (yes, it’s a thing, and it’s even more profound sorcery than a wig) peeling away from his face.


“When your lace-front glue can’t withstand a heat wave,” the Jasmine Brand captioned the post, including close-ups of the supposed debacle along with a pic of a mid-process lace-front beard application (the shade of it all, Honey).

Screenshot: The Jasmine Brand (Instagram)

But as much as we might enjoy the suggestion of a follicular malfunction, Drake is indeed an organically grown member of #BeardGang, as evidenced by the evident five-o-clock shadow in his more closely shaven days (you can’t lace front that, kids). The appearance that his beard was jumping ship was merely an optical illusion created by an illustration on the shirt of the man standing behind him.

Drake reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers 129-122 in overtime.
Photo: Stephen Dunn (Getty Images)

That said, we were admittedly tickled at the prospect of the man who rapped “whole squad on that real shit” potentially faking the funk. But when it comes to our beloved bearded brothers, maybe this lyric is more accurate: “Pray the real live forever man, pray the fakes get exposed.”

(We kid, we kid ... as long as women proudly rock lace fronts, we have no choice but to say “do you, fellas.” Just make sure that adhesive is on point.)

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.