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An American Hip-Hop Tragedy: The Chris Brown, Drake & Rihanna’s Love Triangle

Othello’s Opening Up Act: Love Triangle II Featuring Kim Kardashian, Kanye West & Humphries

By DiMarkco Chandler

In the late hours of Thursday night and into early Friday morning, a vicious bottle fight broke out between Chris Brown and Drake at the now closed W.I.P New York City nightclub. At the center of the brutal melee was the beautiful, illustrious R&B superstar vocalist Rihanna. The 24-year-old singer has been romantically linked to both men, and on this night, that acquaintance proved to be a recipe for disaster. There are conflicting stories that would suggest that Brown made a gesture to offer Champagne to Drake. Now this part of the story has never been collaborated, but it’s reasonable to believe that something happened between the two that involved at least eye contact. It appears that the event was quickly followed by, what one witness has stated, flying chips of ice thrown in the direction where Brown was standing, and suddenly, a bottle was reportedly tossed from Brown’s table into the crowd, according to the New York Times. It was followed by four bottles hurled from Drake’s area aimed directly at Brown. The place then erupted into an all-out fist and bottle fight that injured at least five people. Now this is one version of the so-called facts. I would concede that there are many versions of alleged facts as there are witnesses to the messy affair. However, whatever those other versions might show, it’s of no consequence to the argument I’m about to share. The only thing we need to agree to is that Brown and Drake had an altercation, and at the center of that was Rihanna.

From this point on, the Chris Brown/Drake narrative seems to have a life of its own as it feeds our appetite for not only blood and gore but also romance. And why not? Rap music, along with the explicit sexual lyrics found in many of the top songs on the radio, has modern civilization starving for real romance. Hence the Brown-Rihanna-Drake triangle feeds a starved culture its necessary diet of true romance that we can’t quite get enough of.

What at first was a story of love denied between Brown and Rihanna, like Romeo & Juliet, has become a classic love triangle resembling Shakespeare’s Othello. The story has evolved to feature Brown, Drake and Rihanna. Interestingly, there are spectators that want to see a blood bath because some of us get excited over drama that’s not happening to us. Then there are others that hope the whole thing will only amount to just a few lawsuits. What I’m afraid about is that this thing will turn into something more like the Greek tragedy Antigone or Shakespearian misfortune, Othello.

Love is a funny thing. It drives different people to do different things. Reports have recently been swirling about Rihanna’s depression over not being able to get back together with Brown. By the same token, it’s interesting that some of the same rumors have been circulating about Brown wanting to get back together with Rihanna. Drake appears to be the odd man out in this equation, and I’m not sure he is altogether happy with that role.

It’s really starting to shape up into an uncontrollable tragic narrative, and the order of events couldn’t make this clearer.

We are spectators watching the whole thing unfold a little bit at a time. Two days ago, Brown was fanning the flames of this feud when he took to his Twitter account and lunched another one of his typical Chris Brown tirades, tweeting; “It upsets u that I’m not this hoodlum enraged, young black man you wanna portray me as. They did it to Mike… I can handle it! #imdone.” He just can’t walk away, and that’s exactly how tragedy is played out; it orders your behavior.

Let’s hope that we are misreading these signs and take the stance that this too will pass. But it’s not entirely up to us, it’s up to Chris Brown. He can perhaps stop this before it’s too late. I know that the Greeks were unable to prevent their own tragic outcomes, and Shakespeare’s tragedies seemed to follow same predictable course; unfortunately, it appears that neither will we be able to reverse the inevitable until it’s far too late. Just ask “Antigone.”

Oh, and before I forget, there seems to be another potential love triangle emerging between Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Kris Humphries. Keep an eye and ear pointed in that direction because it could get just as ugly.

To Be Continued…..

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