The Drake Effect

Written By: @BdotTM September 8, 2014 @ 3:39 PM EDT
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This Friday (Sept 12), Atlanta neophyte I Love Makonnen, will headline his first New York concert at the Gramercy Theater. The venue is a deceptive space that holds more than its advertised 499 cap. A month ago, a gig like this would’ve been unlikely. But after Drake tacked his vocals to Makonnen’s breakout track, “Club Going Up (Tuesday)”, things have a way of repositioning themselves.

Co-signs are nothing new in hip-hop. 50 had Em. Em had Dre. Just by association, an artist can transfuse their credibility and star power. For a while now, Drake has been doing this seamlessly. And in an era where attention spans are lower than actual record sales, his endorsement may be the next best thing.

It wasn’t always this way though. Before releasing his landmark mixtape So Far Gone in 2009, Drake couldn’t catch a break. He collaborated with Trey Songz and even sought Angela Yee‘s help. It wasn’t until Lil Wayne, stepped in that he received national recognition.

One of the first instances of Drake’s Midas Touch occurred in 2011 when he remixed Future’s debut single, “Tony Montana”. In an interview with MTV,  the Auto-crooner credited him for the turbo boost. “I wasn’t even ready for Drake to get on it, but when he called I was like, man, I was acceptin’ it with open arms,” he said. “He was just so far from where I’m at now, he’s so far [from] me, so for him to reach back down like, ‘Hey I want to get on your song,’ it was big on him. It just showed that he’s not out of the loop and I was in the loop.”

A$AP Rocky also capitalized off his affiliation that year after Drake touted him during NYC’s Fashion Week. In February 2012, 11 months before his freshman offering, he joined Drizzy on his nationwide Club Paradise tour. Other artists like The Weeknd and PARTYNEXTDOOR have followed a similar trajectory.

Before good kid, m.A.A.d city shook the game, Kendrick Lamar appeared dolo on the Take Care interlude, “Buried Alive”. Last year, Migos earned their first Billboard entry following the “Versace (Remix)”.  Tinashe’s single “2 On“, has a new lease on life. Two weeks ago, Bobby Shurmda was seen dancing in the dark in Jersey.

While artists from his OVO Sound label (P.Reign, OB Obrien, and Majid Jordan) wait for their moment, it should be noted that Drake’s co-sign isn’t a sure shot at success, but rather an assist to an uncontested layup . With three consecutive platinum albums and the most number ones in Billboard Rap history, The Boy has become the most coveted brand in the game.

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  • Shock

    I’ve been saying this for a minute. Drake epitomizes the culture at this point, and has to be considered one of the best of all time. He lacks the street cred of a Jigga, the aggressive lyrics of a Kendrick Lamar, and the originality of a Kanye West. But he is so well-rounded, and the fact that he doesn’t act like something he isn’t is refreshing to me. If you can’t see the talent, you’re a hater.

    • Megamind

      Best of all time??? Whoa…pump your breaks youngin…you HAVE to be 25 and under to even say some stupid shit like that…and the fact that 6 people liked your post shows how fkn stupid the new school is. I’m not even going to go into WAY…if you can’t do the math on your own and really consider him better than about hmmmm i don’t half raps GREATEST MC’s…you’re a fkn dope!

      Drake is good…above average good…he’s immensely talented…but until he can give me more content, reflective, introspective and otherwise…he’ll be just this generations “hot, new rap”.

      Megamind out

      • Shock

        First, I’m 28, I’m an eclectic fan of hip hop, from UGK, to Pac, to Drake. He has to be considered one of all time greats, if not for the fact that he has the most number one singles ever. Name five better song makers in hop history. I don’t cosign most of this new school hip hop, and I’m from the south, where most of it is coming from. But don’t test my hip hop knowledge and lump me into a class of people because you disagree….that makes you kind of….a dope. Lol Shock out…lame ass nigga.

        • Ghost Of Len Bias

          SON’D

        • Chronic

          he has no substance at all…and how many of drakes #1 singles do you still listen to? how many are classic songs?
          and as for better song makers…1.Biggie 2.Jay-z 3.Kanye 4.Eminem 5.50…could keep going

          • Shock

            50??? He has one great album, one good album….and the rest is trash. Eminem is a far better rapper, but not the song maker that Drake is. Drake touches on shit that I can relate to….relationships, trying to be successful, loyalty…life in general. When I was thuggin I loved that 50 and Jeezy shit, but now I’m a grown ass man, and I can’t relate to these niggas being trapped in the confines of their masculinity, trying to be hard and shiy all the time. That ain’t life. I’m a Kendrick, Cole, Killer Mike, Drake type of nigga now.

          • Chronic

            id put cole and Kendrick ahead of drake as good song makers….drakes makes club records

          • Shock

            Kendrick and Cole are better lyricists, not better song makers. Don’t get the two confused.

          • Chronic

            I guess it just comes down to what you think makes a song good…well just have to agree to disagree

          • Shock

            Respect….and like I said, Coles my fav. But to make the comparison…Cole=Nas, Drake=Hov.

          • Chronic

            I think the biggest thing that pisses me off about drake sometimes is that I feel like he could be on that level in rap…if hed just make up his mind as a rapper and stop trying to make RnB. Or at least make a rap album, and then make a RnB album.

          • Shock

            Lol jack of all trades, master of none….I agree….but he does both so well. That’s like condemning Bron for being a good passer and scorer, if he can do both, fuck it.

          • It’s Just Music

            But he isn’t trying to be the best rapper is what I just argued to you.

            Rap is only ONE genre of music out of an entire musical universe out there.

            Drake has dancehall influenced records (find your love)
            Uptempo 80s style ballad (hold on we’re going home)
            Mafiaso influenced rap (headlines)
            Pop records (Best I Ever Had)
            just straight rap records (9am & 5am)

            He wants to be the best musical artist. No one but rap fans care about punchlines and wordplay.

            The only two artists in the rap game imo is Kanye & Drake. They are the only ones who could do some crossover music shit and get away with it. Or get out their comfort zone and still make hits. That’s an artist. I’d rather be an artist than a rapper anyday.

          • gen x hip hop head

            ” The only two artists in the rap game imo is Kanye & Drake.”

            lol What the fuck are you talking about ? There are so many who are much more artistic. You new to the game people should do more research on culture you are interested in.

          • Music

            Kanye paved the way with 808s and Heartbreak. The current state of the game is his off spring.

            Reason I listed them is because they are moving this genre me and you love to broader places. It has come to the point where Hip Hop is actually one of the best selling music genres in the world now.

            If it wasn’t for Kanye breaking down hip hop stereotypes, we’d still be wearing XXL white tees and calling anything that isn’t talking about senseless violence fake.

            Who else in your opinion is breaking the rules of Hip Hop to make it a more accessible art form for the world? To say Kanye and Drake aren’t doing new things is hating.

          • Ian Henry

            Honestly, 808s and Heartbreaks is pretty much The Chronic of our day.
            You can’t underestimate its impact on Hip Hop

          • How can you possibly put Kendrick ahead of Drake in any facet? The dude has one successful album…ONE.. and has yet to prove himself. He shouldn’t even be on the radar in a discussion like this.

          • Non Fiction Dixon

            He has one successful album everyone still talks about! They only talk about Drake when he puts out a single or his album is dropping other than that Drake has no classic LP’s under his belt. He’s like Ludacris has a lot of hot singles and endorsements but no solid classic albums!

          • Shock

            Back For The First Time is borderline classic, first of all. Secondly, Luda isnt even top ten on that singles list. Drake is in rarefied air with Hov, Ye, Wayne, Dmx, Em…everyone else is a legend, y not Drake.

          • bcro31

            50 cent is one of the most underrated song writer’s in hiphop. Just ask game.

          • Shock

            Then why can’t he write a hit for himself these days? Game is a better rapper than 50 at this point.

          • Chronic

            he lost the passion once he got the money…he was all street energy on his old shit…and id assume its tough to have that mentality when youre sitting in a mansion

          • Shock

            Real.

          • b r z a

            agreed! and its great to finally read a civilized “discussion” on this website

          • bcro31

            Better rapper yes, song writer hell no. Songs that 50 made 13 years ago still hit hard. Many men still hits harder 11 years later.

          • Shock

            You win this round…..motherfucker. Lol.

          • bcro31

            Lol good discussion. Just one hiphop fan talking to another.

          • Mylo

            They forget about the mixtapes…. And group albums…

          • bcro31

            Yeah I know. Lol

          • Mylo

            No major label to push his “hit”

            Listen to be my bitch,… Could have easily ran the radio.

          • Shock

            Sorry…I don’t see any growth in 50. I tried to listen to his album…I’m tired of that violent, ultra macho, drug selling ballads, especially when I know he’s disloyal and messy like a little girl.

          • 50 CENT TOO SMART

            listen to they burn me by 50 cent or dont turn on me ft skylar grey.. 50 got the hits it’s coming STREET KING IMMORTAL!!

          • THE guest

            you people are living in the past. forget 50, forget game! catchy street hooks get played out!!

          • Nigga stole kevin gates interview line lol

          • 50 CENT TOO SMART

            listen to they burn me by 50 cent or dont turn on me ft skylar grey.. 50 got the hits it’s coming STREET KING IMMORTAL!!!

          • ron johnson

            50???????

          • Savimbi

            foh you ain’t never thug a day in your life!!!!

          • Shock

            Lol not even going to glorify that stupid shit, cuz that part of my life didn’t get me shit. I’m a productive member of society with two degrees now, after two little bids. Evolve homie.

          • gen x hip hop head

            Drake sounds bland as fuck on some things. Definately not one of the best in any way, shape or form.

          • It’s Just Music

            The fact that you named Biggie in front of all the artists that write BETTER songs than him kind of scares me. Biggie is a DOPE lyricist, but not a song writing master.

            Guess what? Good songs ALL have a formula. Its called song structure, which you just described. Why change something that works and has been proven to work? There is nothing new under the sun, it’s all repackaged in a new song.

            Drake has no substance? How?
            ‘Look What You Done’ he talks about the hardships with his parents and growing up trying to make it.
            ‘Started from the Bottom’ he talks about grinding his way to the top.
            ‘Marvin’s Room’ he writes a masterful song perfectly describing getting too drunk and drunk texting and calling.

            Drake actually has songs that everyday people can relate too. Not just gun totin crack dealers (which are very few and far between anyways). Only reason people on here hate Drake because he isn’t from the hood. The people already crowned him as one of the greats. The same way the people crowned Biggie and Pac the greats of their generation.

            Drake isn’t the world’s greatest rapper, and he isn’t trying to be.
            Drake is trying to go down as one of the best entertainers, songwriters, musicians the world has seen. There is a difference.

          • Chronic

            you lost me when you tried using “started from the bottom” as an example of substance…and if you don’t think biggie was a good song writer…especially for the time he was coming up in the game I really dont respect any opinion you have on hip-hop

          • It’s Just Music

            Started from the Bottom is the same exact ‘look at me, i was struggling like crazy and now I made it by busting my ass’ motif that everyone glorifies in hip hop, only difference it isn’t ‘hard’ by your standards and which is why you hate it.

            what is substance to you? is it pulling a lupe and cramming every political, middle east, old african culture, hidden knowledge reference in a song using metaphors and double entendres, that not even the fans understand?

          • Chronic

            no, im not really a big lupe fan…I appreciate his lyricism and using rap genius I think his shit is insanely complex…but you shouldn’t have to know obscure shit to get a song.

            drake didn’t start from the bottom…he grew up in a rich Toronto neighborhood, and had a connections in life because he was a child tv star…and theres no substance in the song…its almost entirely the hook repeated over and over again over a good beat

            I admit he can make club songs…but that’s all he is

          • It’s Just Music

            It’s crazy that you know Drake’s life that much to completely dismiss his song.

            It’s crazy to think that being a CHILD ACTOR for a shit TELEVISION show like Degrassi can get you a mansion.

            Just because Drake was on Degrassi, he didn’t struggle in life to get where he is now in a 5 year span?

            It seems to me you are the problem with music. All you hear is a good hook and a good beat is because that’s what you choose to listen to and you don’t have the attention span to actually dissect the song.

          • Chronic

            I know those couple facts cause when I heard that shit, I wanted see where drake actually came from. If a white middle class rapper made that song it would be dismissed as stupid…but just because its drake its all of a sudden justified to call working a job while living in your moms huge house “starting from the bottom”.

            And yes him being on degrassi does matter…just like how Disney markets any young girl that’s gets big on a show as an artist, im sure drake had many similar connects.

            And theres only 16 bars in the entire song…not that hard to “dissect” it

          • the nature boy

            U know not every rapper that raps about coming up in hard times has the same definition of hard times. Not all rappers come from the projects some grew up in 2 family homes in ok neighborhoods. See the thing about drake is he makes us have this discussion that we never would’ve had. I grew up in projects but some of my friends had houses so they struggle isn’t the same as my struggle. If u listen to drakes music u can follow the story pretty easily of his life and ups and downs. It’s everyday people type stuff. I can’t assume how much money he had in his bank account but he raps about thanking his uncle for lending him his car to drive around and all that. Again, my uncles don’t have cars to let me borrow, but some of my friends do. Being middle class shouldn’t stop anything. Shit Wayne probably had more money at 15 then drake did.

          • gen x hip hop head

            Or you just don’t have a broad knowledge on music.

            Please

          • Music

            You must know a ton about me then.
            My music palette spans multiple genres, all music is the same and all conveys the same emotions us as humans feel as a daily basis.
            As a piano player I have studied tons of music that goes back centuries.
            But with the internet we seem to know it all I guess.

            The great thing about music is that there is no right or wrong.
            You try to argue my against my opinion, yet don’t explain yourself, which comes off as hating.

          • Shock

            I agree with everything you said….except the part about Big. He was so versatile and gifted…he wrote an entire album from a womans perspective.

          • you

            Hi, Mr.Faggot

          • big VA

            grinding to the top? this fool was famous and rich he never hit bottom GTFO u drinking the industry kool aid

          • Music

            i never knew child actors made millions in children television shows. Was he poor? No. Was he filthy rich? No.

          • gen x hip hop head

            Either way, the generic songs don’t make him a Great.

          • gen x hip hop head

            He sounds generic as fuck in some songs.

            “The people already crowned him as one of the greats. The same way the people crowned Biggie and Pac the greats of their generation.”

            But the generic as fuck songs are not Greats.

            “Drake is trying to go down as one of the best entertainers, songwriters, musicians the world has seen.”

            Definately not. You haven’t seen Great I think.

          • Music

            You haven’t seen a properly executed opinion. I can barely make out what you are trying to say. Maybe old school hip hop told you that being ignorant and showing a lack of education is cool, I don’t know.

            Clearly wrote that music doesn’t make legends, impact does. So the whole ‘generic songs’ argument is void in this case.

          • Keith Eades

            Sorry but 50 is ASS! He alright but he is the street version of Nelly, and that’s no diss to Nelly! He just started off fast had some good hits and the backing of the most successful artist ever in hip-hop! His music is not the same. I like the music he has on POWER but it’s not incredible. Plus, he is a gimmick of an artist who use beef and controversy to sell records! I understand he was an underdog at once and got on top and had to put some cats in their place, but he continue to name drop for relevance and the only reason we the public give him a ear is because of his business. Unlike Jigga who people genuinely likes and uses his business to stay relevant in the music industry. Plus he in-tuned with the youth movement just enough to keep a new artist on his shit, but still have enough lyrical content to make a good album that appeal to the general public and his hardcore fans!

        • Chronic

          he figured out a simple catchy hook verse catchy hook verse bridge hook formula and does it for every song

        • TRUTH

          We talkin lyrical beast, not songz. He’s more of a rap artist than a Hip Hop artist.

        • El Funk

          first rap radar comment to ever use eclectic.How long did it take you to google UGK and find out they were influential?

          • Shock

            Lmao pocket full of stones? Gripping the grain? Break em off something? I got on them niggaz when they were on Ghetto D with P, I’m from the south nigga, what you expect?

          • Shock

            I also like Ball & G, Field Mob, Goodie Mob, Face Mob, Trick….and even Drake. I guess I am eclectic huh?

        • BIG VA

          youre trippin

        • Pipe down a little

          You sound more like 18 with your taste and knowledge. And “if not for the fact that he has the most number one singles ever.” is irrelevant when it comes to iconic status.

          28, 3 other generations were already at it before you.

          • Shock

            And? That doesn’t change my knowledge base.

      • It’s Just Music

        Drake is the most introspective artist in music right now.

        So introspective to the point you guys call him soft. Just admit you hate the guy and you hate to see him win.

        • gen x hip hop head

          ” Drake is the most introspective artist in music right now. ”

          LOL You can’t be serious
          There is TONS of music that is far more introspective on every level.

          • Music

            I agree. Should have kept it more rap oriented with that statement.

            But look at who’s at the top of the top of the game in general and who is not scared of showing weakness.

            Drake wears his heart on his sleeve, talks about how he still has issues and problems like me and you although he has millions of dollars and fucking Rihanna.

            He could be flexing on us like Jay does talking about how shitty we all are as people cause we have no money compared to him, yet he decides to spread a message that he shares the same common struggles of the everyday person.

      • ron johnson

        you obviously don’t listen to his albums in whole

    • Cmon Son

      @ B Dot…who gives a shit? Did Elliott actually ask you to sit down and fanboy it out for Drake or was a check cut? Honestly we don’t need you niggas’ “editorial input” or whatever you want to call this shit. Just fix the fucking posts & try not to misspell the new Curren$y song or put the correct link on the Kevin Gates Breakfast Club post.

    • Dafuq

      I’m a hater and your post is full of bullshit.

      • Shock

        Elaborate on that bull you speak of. At least you admitted to being a hater…respect.

        • Dafuq

          You’re right. He does epitomize the culture @ this point. A culture which is full of dick riding.

          But in no way is this nigga legend like you make him seem.

          • Shock

            He has the most number one singles ever, that in itself is legendary. How am I dickriding? Why are you so threatened by another man getting praise for his accomplishments?

          • Dafuq

            Your statement is a bit skewed to benefit your argument. Most #1 singles ever belong to George Strait w 500 something, followed by Madonna and MJ.

            Now when you talk about Drake, that’s 10 #1 singles in the hip hop/r&b category which you can pretty much pinpoint at least half of them to the latter due to his “singing” harmonies.

            Naahhh, far from legendary IMO b.

          • Shock

            Number one rap singles….my bad. That in itself makes him legendary in the rap game. I’m using facts, you are letting your emotions cloud your judgment. I know he isn’t the rappers you grew up on, but you have to evolve. Btw, he raps, on every one of those number ones except We’re Going Home. If he can harmonize a good hook with it, why hate?

          • You Know

            I think the #1 singles success is attributed to how popular hip hop has become, because of the people who got it to this point. Every one of the greats did not get the same exposure, because hip hop was looked down upon. It was rarely as involved in main stream america as it is now. Drake is dope don’t get me wrong, but he is a product of the system as well. Found his niche and is killing it, but he isn’t really doing anything that makes me say, “Holy shit that is insane/dope/innovative”

          • Shock

            Why doesn’t anyone else have the record? Rap was more commercially successful 10-15 years ago. Lol if it was so easy everyone could do it. Every successful rapper found a niche. Drake is more unafraid to step out of the box and try different styles than any current rapper besides Wayne or Ye.

          • You Know

            It was not more commercially successful 15 years ago. Hip hop is definitely way more involved in every aspect of media now, from tv shows, to sports anthems, to movies, radio, and award shows. And as far as #1 singles, that doesn’t mean shit. Wayne;s Lollipop was his “best” single, and that shit blew. #1 hits don’t necessary mean they are good hip hop song, just popular. For example, Eminem’s “Stan” failed to crack the top 30 on any list, but it is one of the greatest songs in my opinion. Drake consistently makes good music, but I have yet to hear greatness from him

          • Shock

            Compare album sales and singles sales from now and then. Wayne is a legend, Eminem is a legend, and Drake is a legend. This is a ridiculous argument. In no other genre of music could someone have the most number ones and not be considered a legend. Consistency is a hallmark of greatness, like it or not.

          • You Know

            Well when talking sales you have to look at the big picture, free music is 100X more accessible than it was back then, thus reducing the sales. So I just don’t like sales as a component of greatness. Some of the greatest MCs didn’t sell incredibly well, doesn’t mean their music isn’t as good. But yes you are correct, consistency is key. But to be consistently good should not qualify you as great, especially in the time table of Drake. Dude needs atleast 5-7 more of these good years to be considered great. Either that or a few GREAT years

          • Shock

            Do you consider Big a great? He had TWO studio albums! I recognize greatness when I see it. Hell, you can watch someone on American Idol for thirty seconds and tell if they got it or not.

          • You Know

            BIG had two GREAT albums and a few GREAT years

          • Shock

            Drake has had five GREAT years…..cmon now.

          • You Know

            I would consider very little in his catalog to be GREAT

          • Shock

            Like I said, only in hip hop can an artist have the most number one singles, collab with everyone, almost NEVER make bad songs, and not be considered a legend.

          • You Know

            Hip hop is the only genre in which rappers are known to literally compete against each other. Gotta love it

          • Shock

            I do. And guess what, for the past half decade, Drake is winning the rat race, which is even longer than many of the all time greats’ runs.

          • You Know

            If youre basing it off #1s, then yes he is. But as far as pure hip hop talent, I think he needs to keep getting better and add to his solo catalog. That being said, he can definitely do it. But I just think it’s premature to consider him a legend still

          • Shock

            We have to agree to disagree. Me and the facts. Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t

          • You Know

            You consider Em the GOAT?

          • Shock

            Hov, then Big, then Em.

          • You Know

            I mean if were talkin numbers, record sales….. Shady! haha

          • Shock

            Hov has the most number one albums though….he has been more consistent. Em has been falling off. Big influenced rap style more than any other rapper in history. The delivery, punch lines, metaphors, you can still see his influence today.

          • You Know

            I was just trying to say that numbers don’t mean everything. I don’t consider all #1 singles to be great hip hop songs. Some of the underground gems are my favorite shit, and i think that’s the beauty of hip hop. Some of drakes better songs aren’t #1 hits. I just think the #1 hits argument is irrelevant when comparing hip hop talent. Lot’s of hip hops best songs never reached #1. And Lebron has had a solid 10 years at the top of the game. When Drake hits his 10th year and is stlll considered one of the best, then he can get his legend stamp

          • Shock

            My final point is this. You would consider any of the other top ten rappers with the most number one singles as legends. Look at the list. Why not Drake? Why do I have to wait for Lebron to retire to acknowledge that he’s an all time great right now?

          • Mr. white

            I’m sorry but most number one singles don’t make u great. I fux with Drake I really do, but he is not great and I’m basing this off of body’s of work. I consider artist great cause of how their albums stand the test of times and none of drakes albums do that. Thank me later was ok. Take care was an r&b record and his last shit was just terrible. Drake got em hits, but I can’t consider you great cause you have good singles. Soulja boy had dope singles lol

          • Shock

            Kill yourself for comparing Soulja Boy to Drake. Not even worth a response

          • gen x hip hop head

            Not much different

          • gen x hip hop head

            Numbers are not always relevant when it comes to great. You are just more of a mainstream, non schooled type.

          • gen x hip hop head

            He is not in the same lane as the greats. No matter how much he sells.

          • Shock

            Well the greats acknowledge him, so…..

          • gen x hip hop head

            Most of the songs I hear by him are crap.

          • gen x hip hop head

            No, your idea of GREAT is another (someone who grew up with Hip Hop) persons idea of ok-ish but on the shit side to mediocre mainstream to crap.

          • wtf

            Drake is not great. And who would watch American Idol for free.

          • You Know

            And of his #1 singles, how many were solo songs? Just curious

          • Shock

            4 were solos, six collabs that he Clearly stole the show on and made the song.

          • You Know

            So most of “his” #1 singles were a hot verse, none of which I consider supremely great. Yes he was better than others, but who was he taking on? Besides a washed up Wayne

          • Shock

            When it comes to the number ones? Every other rapper lol.

          • You Know

            Name them: Nicki, wayne, ross? lol he sure as hell didn’t beat Em in Forever, i’ll tell you that much.

          • Shock

            I mean in order to get a number one, his song was considered better than the other rappers at that point in time.

          • You Know

            I’m saying in his non solo songs, which is more than half of his #1s, you said he clearly stole the show. But who did he outdo in those songs is what im asking? A hot verse against no one should not award you a #1 single, but it does. Which is why I question his #1 non solo hits, and why I give a little asterisk next to those

          • Shock

            An asterisk? Lmao like he just crawled out of bed and lucked up with a number one? Like niggas don’t bust their ass and pray for even ONE hit? As if there weren’t literally thousands of other artists trying their best to get a good song broke, but his just was better? Cmon son.

          • You Know

            I’m not comparing him to “niggas and thousands of other artists”. If were comparing him to legends, gotta be the harshest critic man. No doubt Drake is dope and ten times better than your average cat. But youre trying to classify him in the upper echelon of hip hop names of all time. And I don’t think he belongs there yet. Just my opinion. And these 2 separate convos are killing me lol

          • Shock

            Lmao. I feel you, I just think you are being a tad too harsh.

          • Shock

            Niggas got records and shit….sheesh

          • gen x hip hop head

            Generic deserves harsh when it’s trying to be sold as great.

          • Shock

            Generic rap is the same old hoopla about selling drugs and being violent. That’s generic these days. Drake is not generic, he’s introspective at times, is witty, and has good wordplay. You can’t get past the fact that he aint rapping about hood shit or isn’t super masculine like your favorite. But that ain’t life. I listen to music that appeals to whatever mood I’m in at the time, and I can relate to alot of things he talks about, just like I can with several other rappers and singers.

          • gen x hip hop head

            You may pray for a hit if the competition is good but not when generic rules.

          • gen x hip hop head

            Who cares about charts ?

          • Shock

            Rappers. Because if no one ever hears you, you can’t be a legend. Making consistent hits is the mark of greatness, i.e. Hov, Tip, Pac, Nas,

          • gen x hip hop head

            Wayne is not a legend, neither is Drake (and I don’t listen to Eminem). Most number ones now means fuck all, the quality of the charts is pretty low, again what the fuck are you even talking about ? ..

          • Shock

            Wayne isn’t one of my favorites, but to say he isn’t a legend is ridiculous. Em is one of the best lyricists of all time. I can’t even take you seriously any more. The quality thing is very subjective, Drake consistently makes good songs, period.

          • gen x hip hop head

            Wayne is not a legend, neither is Drake (and I don’t listen to Eminem). Most number ones now means fuck all, the quality of the charts is pretty low, again what the fuck are you even talking about ?

          • Dafuq

            No. Rap back in our time sold more albums alone instead of singles. I think around 1998-99 there were about 10-13 hip hop albums that went platinum

          • Megamind

            EXACTLY!!! This shock cat is a stan…the fact to even use metrics as a measure of talent when it comes to art in and off itself is fkn stupid. The Billboard didn’t even start reporting hiphop charts until about 20yrs ago…on top of that hip-hop was ULTRA competitive…from West Coast, South and East Coast…ATCQ, Nas, Wu, Red, Jay LL RUN DMC, Outkast, Dre, NWA, Snoop, Pharcyde, Luke, etc…it was harder to have a run of #1 singles back then…and more importantly…wouldn’t you want most #1 ALBUMS!!! ala Jay FKN Z! That means people are buying the PROJECT not just a song or two.

            Also back in the day artist put out album every 2 yrs…1993, 1995, 1997…92, 94, 96…you’d tour the album…you had groups like Tribe and Redman going Gold EVERY time out!
            Drake is selling no doubt and I like him…but he’s flourishing in a time when the #’s are skewed. When Drake has 8+ albums then holla…he’s 3 in…and one thing about the new school younging…they’ll jump on something else REAL QUICK…so let’s if he can sustain for another 5+ plus…he’s 5 in…

            Megamind out

          • Shock

            A Stan? When I said Cole was my fav currently, and Kendrick is a better lyricist? A five year run as being the best is enough to qualify you as a legend, considering it’s a young mans game in the first place. No rapper has been the best for ten plus, outside Jay. He must be the only legend. You are being ridiculous. And it’s not just the singles, this guy literally never makes bad songs….you just don’t like him, admit it.

          • Uh what

            ” A five year run as being the best is enough to qualify you as a legend, considering it’s a young mans game in the first place. ”

            But not with middle of the road and crap songs. And it is not jusr “a young mans game”, it’ obviously far bigger than that and has been for a while ….

          • ..

            What is “our time” ? If you grew up with Hip Hop it is a culture, not some thing one can divide in “our time”

            I would say the longer someone has been a fan, the more it is their time, and Culture.

          • BIG VA

            I BET YOU LIKE MACKLEMORE TOO LMFAOOOOO callin drake a legend??? YOURE FUCKIN TRIPPIN

          • Shock

            Mackelmore? Lmao he doesn’t make music i can relate to. Go back and read my previous posts on this thread to get a feel for my taste in music. Meanwhile, don’t make up shit to discredit my point, engage me in intelligent debate.

          • gen x hip hop head

            lol AMEN !

          • Eh

            Except the songs I’ve heard from him have no different styles and the styles were already used a decade (atleast) ago.

          • Shock

            Lmao you really hate the guy huh. You are the epitome of a hater

          • Music

            Being a legend has nothing to do with radio singles. To be 100% honest, it has nothing to do with music. It has to do with impact. And the people crown the legends not billboard or any publication. This culture is OURS, not some corporatized bullshit.

            Pac & Biggie are legends. Did they have most #1s? No. Biggie only had two albums (three if you count the double disc of his final). Look at the impact they had on the game? They became legends. People crowned them,

            People argue about 50 Cent not having a good album after 2003. That is debatable, but the impact he had with GRODT will forever solidify him as a legend.

            Jay Z, 11 albums later, is still impacting our culture.

            Kanye West impacted the world with 808s and Heartbreaks, his ‘weakest’ album people say. But he impacted the game permanently to the point you can hear his influence in Drake, The Weeknd, Kid Cudi, and basically any modern introspective rapper.

            Drake 5 years in the game is impacting the rap scene like a motherfucker. Look at the current roster of players in the rap game, you can honestly say Drake carved it. 2 Chainz, Asap Rocky, French, Meek, Cole, Kendrick, The Weeknd, the list goes on and on.

            When Drake drops a song, how many rappers remix it? Type in 0-100 in the search bar on this site, and you’ll see damn near everyone doing a remix. I probably have a remix and don’t know about it. That’s impact.

            5 years time, he has his own label, most #1s, Jordan Sponsorship, Ambassador of the Raptors, highest selling tours, highest selling albums (in the era where most people sell 100k and he does 600K), has everyone saying YOLO. Look at all that impact? It’s clear the man knows what he is doing.

          • Eh

            Hip Hop culture is not yours when you think generic crap is great and AREN’T even aware of what styles are from when. Please.

            Most real Hip Hop heads probably don’t fuck with him.

          • Music

            What is a ‘real’ hip hop head? Is it someone who refuses to let the culture grow and become bigger than itself?

            If so fuck those people. This isn’t the 90s anymore. This is a new game with new rules. And guess what? In a couple decades, it will be a new game with new rules. It’s called progression.

            It’s music. Music documents a the current generation and culture. It is going to change. Drake’s music is just as genuine as 2pac’s music was.
            Drake never pretends to be someone he is not, same way Pac did. They both connected to people and their everyday struggles through music.

            I grew up in a somewhat decent neighborhood. I can’t relate to NWA talking about police brutality. Does that make their music stereotypical crap? I still listen to their music, but its not something I relate too.

            Loosen up, music is suppose to be fun. Let’s stop trying to box Hip Hop in with what it can and cannot be about. I am glad in this day and age I can listen to ‘soft’ shit like Drake, and then listen to ‘hard’ shit like Kendrick Lamar.

          • what the fuck

            ” I know he isn’t the rappers you grew up on, but you have to evolve. ”

            Excuse me, the styles are not new. Do you even know what you are talking about ?

            And generic sounds and ways of singing is not neccessarily “evolving”.

            Why do you talk about music, say ” I know he isn’t the rappers you grew up on, but you have to evolve “, and show that it’s evident you don’t have much musical knowledge, ontop of thinking something generic and not new is grounbreaking ?

            lol

          • Shock

            I don’t have any musical knowledge because we disagree? Lmao You do realize that musical tastes are subjective right? Nigga I Scarfaces the Diary and Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit on my mp3…..don’t talk to me about music. The numbers say Drake is a legend…period. I enjoy his music

          • gen x hip hop head

            Cheap rap is not legendary.

    • Keith Eades

      I think he is the best out and can be one of the best ever with a little more time and consistency! Also, I disagree with the originality of Kanye and would say the passion of Kanye because there is no one like Drake! All in All this is a good analogy!

      • Shock

        Thanx. I can get with that.

        • Keith Eades

          Your welcome sir! Real recognize Real!!

    • Jay Effkay

      Rofl the last time Jigga had the streets was around 2001….

      Originality ? Drake pretty much re-invented rap… Nobody was buzzing about Hip Hop till he started doing the singing/rapping thing ….

      Drake runs the game. He literally is the only thing keeping Hip hop relevant

      • Shock

        Street cred has nothing to do with being popular in the streets. Drake was not the first rapper singer, i.e. Kanye West, T Pain. Lastly, did you even read my whole post? I said Drake was the man right now. Lmao attack everyone who attacked me and said he sucked. You sir, are a dumb ass.

        • Jay Effkay

          I didnt say Drake was the first to sing and rap = I said he is the most relevant and prominent to do it

          Kanye and T Pain use that crappy auto-tune sht, that does NOT count as singing you idiot.

          Street cred does not matter anyway these days, half of these rap clowns wear skirts and dresses ROFL

          • Shock

            Lmao dude are you remedial? I literally said that he was the hottest and most prominent in the game, despite lacking some of the things that other rappers have. Haven’t you saw me defending him on this whole thread? Are you slow? Street cred matters to a lot of people, look at all the dudes trying to bash him!

          • Jay Effkay

            Fine, lets defend Drake from all the buffoons on this thread then

          • gen x hip hop head

            drake and fans are more the buffoons

          • gen x hip hop head

            You definately are newschool, learn more about Hip Hop culture before opening your mouth

          • Shock

            Bruh I’m a 28 year old man who listens to everything from Scarface, Killer Mike, Ugk 8 Ball and Mgk, and yes Drake. Don’t try my knowledge because we disagree. And learn how to spell….it’s definitely

          • hello ?

            Drake uses crappy autotune, too.

      • gen x hip hop head

        ” Originality ? Drake pretty much re-invented rap… Nobody was buzzing
        about Hip Hop till he started doing the singing/rapping thing …. ”

        What ? Hip Hop has been on mainstreams radar for decades, what are you even talking about ? And he only runs the game for people who are not versed on hip Hop culture.

        Hip Hop was relevant BEFORE him and will be relevant after him.

        He definately does not run the game.

    • gen x hip hop head

      ” Drake epitomizes the culture at this point, and has to be considered one of the best of all time. ”

      lol What ?

    • gen x hip hop head

      You sound like you didn’t grow up with hip hop culture, so you don’t get a say who “epitomizes” it now. Culture is something that has roots and not just flavor of the month.

      • Shock

        How? All you are doing is making unfounded assumptions about someone you don’t know without giving me facts. This is sad.

  • I really don’t understand the purpose of this article… Is this something new that Rap Radar does now? Just giving certain artist a ‘spotlight post’?

    • Dickriding I guess. Like we didn’t already notice what Drake does for artist. I caught myself signing that dumb ass “Club Going Up” song.

    • Michael Ib bett

      Let em get the magazine shit on. ..Noone reads them anymore, the is the type of shit that would be in one. ..so having their thoughts and opinions articulated is very welcomed. imho

    • Schwagg132

      Whats wrong with highlighting the greatness of today’s entertainers, why not? You sit in the comments of posts and hate and bash talented artists do you not realize you’re killing your culture? I’m an aspiring rapper, so I know how hard it is for them to do what they do, then people complain when we get a lack of good music, bad artists didn’t kill the industry people like you did. I don’t mean to be lengthy, just passionate.

      • err

        Not everyone sees him as a relevant part of Hip hop culture.

        • Schwagg132

          That’s there opinion don’t knock anyone elses with negativity niggas on the internet feel the need to explain and repeatedly tell everybody what they don’t like i HATE Chief Keef so i don’t click on his links that simple.

  • “hustlemania”

    SMH

    DRAKE IS THE NEW EMINEM, BUT FAMILY FRIENDLY. HE COULD FART ON A TRACK FOR 2 MINUTES AND PEOPLE WOULD BE GOING CRAZY.

    • Throw Blake Griffin in that booth and that might be an entertaining skit, so you’re probably right.

    • =)

      This sounds more like it.

  • Schwagg132

    They forgot about Kendrick Lamar,,, Club Paradise Tour?… Buried Alive on Take Care?

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      Kendrick was already rocking with Dre, but i know what you mean,

      • Ghost Of Len Bias

        Jon Connor also rocks with Dre, which one has the mainstream consciousness…

      • Shock

        Ask Bishop Lamont if a Dre cosign equals mainstream success.

        • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

          Damn.

  • Imagine what Drake would do for battle rap if he really did battle Mook.

  • Burns

    The fact that you think his co sign of ASAP Rocky helped him is ridiculous. Drake was pretty late on that one.

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      Even A$AP Rocky admitted to it.

    • Club paradise was rocky’s first ever tour, not to mention dude gave him his biggest record to date. Fuckin problems was drakes record and he gave to rocky cause his album was coming out around that time. Check his interview with Q Deezy he said he will forever owe drake for putting him on.. Do your googles

      • Chronic

        Where’s you read that? Cause I coulda sworn I heard it was a kendrick song that was gonna be on MKGC but it didn’t fit in with the narrative at all.

        • Drake & 40 produced it. It was one of the first records drake actually made the beat to. The actual hook was part of 2 chainz verse but they made him do it over cause they thought it would be a good hook. The reason they are all on it is because those were the artists that opened up for the club paradise tour. Rocky talks about drake producing it in an interview with snoop on noisey..

  • Gayke

    I wanna go to Drake’s house and burn him and his house. I guess I’m the one who has to kill that cocksucker.

    • Shock

      Sit your John Hinckley Jr. ass down somewhere.

  • Michael Ib bett

    It’s cool that he does this for relatively unknowns. However, it’d be nice if he did it with better artists(besides the weeknd)

  • Chronic

    Jesus Christ…get the guys dick outta your mouths RR staff

    • Shock

      What did they say that wasn’t facts? Why are you so intimidated by another man getting praise?

      • Chronic

        I swear man drakes diehard fans are the biggest fags ever. I didn’t even say anything about drake. All I said was the staff at RR hops on his dick writing up articles about him and shit.

        • Shock

          And i said how where they dickriding? They said facts. And why would you call me a fag? You are obviously an emotionally immature keyboard warrior.

          • Chronic

            its dick riding cause they don’t write up little reports on other artists…they know his name will get views so theyre making stories outta nothing

          • Shock

            I agree that they could do this for other artists, especially Kendrick or Cole, but besides them, who’s more deserving than Drake at this point?

          • Chronic

            yea I guess. I just felt like the tone of the article was so over the top

          • lol

            says the one into lame ass music

        • Ghost Of Len Bias

          You’re using fag in 2014 bro.

          • gen x hip hop head

            If you listen to Drake you should not be offended by that.

          • Ghost Of Len Bias

            Sweet non-existent correlation brah

    • Kingly_Caracter

      Or you could be honest and could just say…”Why is this not me”.

      • Chronic

        It probably never worked out because I’ve never tried to be a rapper because I don’t have musical talent like that…I didn’t even insult drake…but you don’t see rap radar doing this shit for any other rappers, writing up little articles praising them.

        • Kingly_Caracter

          Wurd…But the truth is there aren’t many rappers with the influence that drake does bruh. They’re just highlighting it. Why…well it’s a rap site. I’ve never seen them do this for him before (or anyone)…Just didn’t understand where the “Dick riding” came into play.

  • TBH

    I fucks with RR especially for doing something a little different but this is a lil dickrider’ish. You can do this same article for a lot of well established artist in the game. I respect drakes work ethic and him reaching out but this article makes it seem like the game would be nothin without him and niggas was puttin other niggas on way b4 this. And speaking for myself and niggas I rock with, a lot of those artist were well in my mind before the Drizzy co-sign ( especially Kendrick). Shout out or RR thou still cuz y’all thinking. Shout to Drizzy to

    • Shock

      I do agree that they could do this for Cole (my personal fav) or Kendrick. But Drake is deserving, and has more reach and work ethic than both them niggas.

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      Drake remixes an unknown song. two weeks later, the owner of the song is signed to the label and headlining a big venue in New York. If that shit doesn’t amaze u, nothing will.

      • Davide Leroy

        Yea, Jay, Kanye, Kendrick, could do the same thing. you dick ride him so much

        • It’s Just Music

          name me one example of any of those artists that did a feature on a song with an unknown artist then blew them the fuck up?

          • Davide Leroy

            Jasmine V = Kendrick
            Kanye = Chef Keef

          • It’s Just Music

            Jasmine V? *crickets*

            I Don’t Like already went viral and he was already getting buzz from everywhere before that feature.

            Drake literally takes an unknown rapper and launches them up to stardom. not capitalize on shit already buzzing.

      • Zan

        So you found out about makonnen through drake? Lol youre off ur square, blogger.

        • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

          Everyone did…commentator.

      • Dafuq

        I really doubt that dude didn’t have a label behind him. C’mon now B.

        • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

          THAT fast? nah.

          • Zan

            Makonnen wasnt a plant. If you keep up with Atlanta Hip Hop than you would have seen that he was working with all the big names and already plugged in with Mike Will. ‘Tuesday’ and ‘I Don’t Sell Molly No More” were definitely bubbling and in the 50-60k range on soundcloud pre-drake. Lol ima let you slide because youre a journalist. A&Rs knew about Makonnen. Ima email you and keep you up to date with whats about to blow up. Bless

          • Makonnen had around 5k twitter followers before the Tuesday remix, aint nobody getting signed or radio play with that kind of following. Drake exposed him and decided to sign him real quick incase he ever pops the way the weeknd or PND have, nothing wrong with that.

          • Dafuq

            So Drake did it out of the caring nature of his heart?

        • Zan

          Nah. Hip Hop is too fickle for plants. You see more plants in the pop world.

      • TBH

        It’s not that it doesn’t amaze me it’s the fact that RR felt like there needed to be a whole post dedicated to it. I don’t take anything away from Drakes moves but to be 100% this articles is dick riding. It’s not like I’m the only one who thinks that and it’s not like RR hasn’t been called out this kinda fanboy shit multiple times. It’s no diss to Drake or RR just being honest. There’s niggas whose done a lot more for putting new artist on who don’t get a whole RR editorial. It’s just facts

        • Tbh

          And to be honest…I really don’t like Any of dudes songs, even with the Drake assist. I recognize there’s an audience for it and somewhere out there that’s somebody’s shit but u gotta wonder how much of that is people saying “oh Drake likes him? Yea he’s dope I fuck wit him?” Maybe it’s just not my thing but I really can’t see my self bumpin dudes music and I tried

      • gen x hip hop head

        Just means those signing don’t have much of a taste.

  • ahiola

    Legend in the making..King drizzy

    • gen x hip hop head

      Nope

  • The Incredible Creation

    Yes, his co-sign means something within this era but really? lol this was a great post but to throw the spotlight on this “Tuesday” guy THAT MUCH was a bit “much” ..i mean its still early and he hasn’t gotten that great of a response to be honest… I like the “Tuesday” record (mainly just the hook) but ya kinda jumpin out the gate especially with the Em, Dre, 50 comparison.. that was a REACH.. it’s not even that serious.. hopefully he isn’t a here today gone tomorrow type nigga.. but from the look of it he might be because folks don’t seem to be liking his music that much *shrugs* but what do i know? http://alltheparticulars.blogspot.com/ ..we’ll see | PS: Weeknd & Party are definitely more talented.. I think Party needs more of the spotlight… =/

    • Shock

      Tbh, that Tuesday nigga is garbage. But that’s the point of the article….Drake has the Midas touch, he can even make him relevant.

      • Chronic

        All that shows is how stupid music fans are today…they’ll like something just cause someone else said it was good

        • Shock

          Nigga you listen to Kidd Kidd and Yayo cuz of 50….you got some nerve.

          • Chronic

            personally I don’t rock with the unit…I like 50 and Banks, and Get Buck is still to this day one of my favorite songs of all time for some weird reason I cant explain…but yea, never liked Yayo and I think Kidd Kidd is trash

      • gen x hip hop head

        Relevant to whom ?

        • Shock

          The charts….people who listen to him….this thread. Get your head out of your ass, the universe doesn’t circulate around your musical tastes lmao

  • Sommo

    B. Dot , this is a great article .

    • THE REAL mac DIESEL

      YOU A DICK RIDIN’ FAGGOT, YOU LOVE THE ATTENTION!!!! FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!

      DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

      • Sommo

        you a hoe ass nigga . You probably can count the amount of bodies you got on one hand .

        • THE REAL mac DIESEL

          CHOKE ON B.DOT’S DICK SINCE YOU’RE ALREADY ON IT!!!! FUCKBOY!!!!

          DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      salute

  • THE REAL mac DIESEL

    @ B.Dot

    HOW MUCH DID OVO OR YMCMB PAY YOU TO WRITE THIS GOD AWFUL PIECE!!!! BECAUSE THEY GOT JIPPED!!!!

    ……….HA!!!! DID YOU WEAR YOUR OVO DOO-RAG WHEN YOU WROTE THIS JOKE OF AN ARTICLE, BENSON??? YOU BIASED DICK RIDIN’ PIECE OF SHIT!!!!

    THE KENDRICK EFFECT > THE DRAKE EFFECT

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

    • Shock

      Lmao I knew this was coming.

      • THE REAL mac DIESEL

        ……….HA!!!! YOU’RE WELCOME!!!!

        DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

        • Shock

          As much as I disagree with you most of the time, even on this shit, you are a funny cat. B.Dot has to chill with the durags.

          • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

            waves > x-clan hair

          • Shock

            B.Dot I agree, and I love your writing, but I’ve never saw the waves, cuz you keep the rag on. The rag should be for maintenance, not fashion. But you are a grown, successful man….do you bruh.

          • Ghost Of Len Bias

            jewfro > all

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            NIGGA PLEASE!!!! YOU GOT DOOKIE WAVES!!!! SHIT LOOKS LIKE YOU GOT A SCRUNCH WEAVE!!!!

            ……..HA!!!! FUCK YOU AND YOUR SHITTY BOOTLEG WAVES!!!!

            DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      I see you finally got ur phone turned back on.

      • Chronic

        Yea can make little insults, but you know this shit is biased as fuck and horrible journalism

      • THE REAL mac DIESEL

        …….HAHAHAHA *SARCASM*!!!!! CORNBALL!!!!!

        DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Mr.FuckedYaBitch

    On some trill sht Drake can not be stopped! J. Cole is lowkey killing sht, Kendrick is losing buzz this whole year his been saying his album comes out this month (September) but I’m a huge fan still but niggas dick kiss good kid maad city Kendrick niggas dont kno section. 80 kendrick an that sht funny as sht to me back to drake now its a shame hit hop let a nigga who use to act come take over the rap game not dissin drake at all by saying that I’m from the 6 (Toronto) too so it cray wen this nigga come on to the 6 trill tlk

  • ez

    great to see rap radar actually providing editorial commentary, @brianbdotmiller:disqus bringing that twitter commentary to here, kudos!

  • Schwagg132

    Whats wrong with highlighting the greatness of today’s entertainers, why not? You sit in the comments of posts and hate and bash talented artists do you not realize you’re killing your culture? I’m an aspiring rapper, so I know how hard it is for them to do what they do, then people complain when we get a lack of good music, bad artists didn’t kill the industry people like you did. I don’t mean to be lengthy, just passionate.

    • excuse me ?

      Not liking generic work is the opposite of “killing your culture” ?

  • Kendrick, cole, meek, chainz, french, waka, future, the weeknd, jhene aiko, miguel, the clipse & all ovo have opened up for drake on tour. That with having the most billboard hiphop number ones in history, three number one albums, snl, espys, raptors ~ not bad for 5 years in the game..

  • the nature boy

    Dope write up bdot.
    I swear to god I can’t believe u be replying to these niggas. You wildin wit that shit B.

  • Jigga.

    So after 5 years of making good music and putting good artist a good name. This is where sports and music are confused. Just because the 90’s are possibly the greatest decade, far as pop culture, we forget what is actually given to us to this day. Lebron James is a perfect example. He literally has taken his teams to the NBA Finals 5 times, although he isn’t Michael where mike has an unblemished record lebron will take over as the greatest….Just watch thus far he goes. And this is where Drake compares. 90 rappers/people who witnessed is stuck in a time of hating. Drake makes music. I bet my left NUT if 2pac and BIG was still alive hey would love this man because he ain’t not joke, an he always produces quality hip hop. Drake will retire top 5 all time(open 4 debate)

    • gen x hip hop head

      ” I bet my left NUT if 2pac and BIG was still alive hey would love this
      man because he ain’t not joke, an he always produces quality hip hop. ”

      I highly doubt that, too watered down and generic the stuff I’ve heard. Furthermore, just because someone listened to rap in the 90’s, doesn’t mean they stopped listening in the 00’s and 10’s, you don’t just “switch off” your culture, so people listening in the 90’s and earlier/later have a MUCH broader context when it comes to the music in itself and he will definately not retire “top 5 all time”, pretty 100% sure about that.

      • Jigga.

        how could you be 100% sure about something you have no control over? the new generation started after Biggie died, Jigga took over obviously,jay z cant be on top forever. if there were a mountain Rushmore for rap hip hop by the end of his career he will be top five if not top 3. his talent will lead him there alone, not just his rapping lyrics, feel meh

  • Mylo

    As a fan of Street Rap…. I agree. Drake is running the game. He is being himself and I can respect it. He will continue to reign supreme until someone fresher comes in the game.

    But like Kanye before him it can all go bad if he if he goes to far… As a fan of Kanye west… He has been losing steam since the GOOD music comp.

    • gen x hip hop head

      Definately not running the game.

  • freakish

    What bdot is saying is tru. 2chainz migos alot of artists.careers took off after a drake feature. I damm sure didn’t know who.makkonen was. every drake feat is bound to be a hit single on the charts check the next time he does a feature I bet u anything it’s on the charts

  • GIG

    drake is greatest ever loooool im not kidding

  • Da Business

    @ B. Dot

    Not a bad piece. Hopefully u all continue doing editorials like this. Drake is a beast, dude stay winnin’. He’s not the only 1 pushing the culture forward though. U can’t hate on Drake tho, as far as this new generation is concerned, like it or not he’s that top dude. Personally I fux w/ J.Cole and Kendrick more but, u can’t front on Drake’s presence.

    • gen x hip hop head

      Making generic crap is not pushing the culture forward

  • Nijea

    Me & the homie been on Drake since 07′, when his joint “Replacement Girl” came on 106 & Park. Shit was mad dope & different. He would have done as good with or without Tune. He, 40, & Boi 1 da, all tap into that potential in 09′ with So Far Goon. Straight up.

  • John Simmons

    if u like drake check out “ez $kywalker”

    search him on youtube

  • jimj87

    I like the article @brianbdotmiller:disqus but I think you could have delved a bit deeper… 2chainz for instance “no lie” brought him more mainsteam IMO.. of course he had a big following in the south but “no lie” is now why he gets spoofed on SNL n working with Robin thicke..
    Jheno Aiko has been on the come up for a while now but since the tour and “from time” and her own hit single she also benefitted from the drizzy effect
    French Montana is another one… 2 huge songs pop that and stay scheming (drake outshined everyone on both of those btw)
    Meek mill less so but even he has benefitted
    ILOVEMAKONNEN success is such a good thing to see… I can tell you seem super impressed by how much of a boost he got.
    There’s so much hate for Drake by some of these commenters but it’s true numbers for the most part do not lie. Consistency is key. Street dudes have been waiting for him to fall off n be put in that Nelly Ja rule box.. not gonna happen he has too much versatility to be boxed.
    (ps to whomever below wrote that started from the bottom pertains to him living in the burbs being rich middle class growing up doesn’t even understand the meaning of the song whatsoever…
    started from the bottom isn’t about being poor n coming up its about being at the bottom of the rap game n how no one wanted to give this half black jew soap star a chance… hard work n talent brought him to the top n hes bringing his crew with him.
    It may not have the substance or longevity of “juicy” but its his version of it and his truth not yours.)

    • gen x hip hop head

      The top of the charts doesn’t mean much right now, so you have to look at it from different perspectives, people who grew up with proper Hip Hop culture will see it as pretty irrelevant, I would think.

  • Prophecy

    Let’s all give credit where it’s do, wether it’s coming from some1 who was once acting on a TV show or not the boy Drake has done a lot for da game n has surprised everyone! But I do think a lot of his creditability has came from the fact of true lack of talent with in hip hop. Would drake wouldv lasted during the prime times of Eminem? Lil Wayne? 50 Cent? Ha now dats an interesting topic
    Twitter/Instagram @Prophecys9

    • Shock

      50? Wayne? Stop it. I could see if you brought up Pac, Big, Meth, Snoop, Nas, Hov, Outkast…..but 50 made one great album, one good album, and never matured as an artist. Wayne only had punchlines and metaphors. Miss me with that.

      • Mylo

        How many mixtapes? Group album? Artist albums? That’s where 50 wins…

      • cannon

        Psssh 05-07 wayne would rap circles around drake. he should be happy his boss got off that lean to make his career alot more easier.

  • Drake is the new Jay Z!

  • yorapper

    The Drake Stimulus Package

  • yorapper

    As much as it hurts to say this Drake has surpassed Jay-Z. Jay never put out this many good songs. Drake’s put out more bangers for free than Jay had on his albums. I’m gonna go write a blog about this.

    • the-Lebron-curse.

      Fuck boy go album by album. Put down the Crack!

    • jayson pierre

      you can’t be serious with this shit

    • Shock

      Naw homie…..you wilding

  • cain45

    drake is so far gone salute to a future legend

  • El Funk

    DICK RIDING

  • Dmv

    This article was about drake boosting different artist careers. How can people bring up Kendrick and j cole? Who’s career have the helped or really had an impact on? You can’t put them on future’s tony Montana and it become an instant hit, you can’t put them on Versace and it become a hit you can’t put them on Tuesday and the song become a bit. All those records as soon as drake got on it got instant radio success

  • Sina Mailer Daemon Djavadkhani

    Great article

  • kolpuhn

    Kendrick and Future No. Everybody else yes.

  • Public Hairs

    Drake is 3 albums in with no classics. Plenty of artists before him had his success with no classics and do not get mentioned in many top 5 lists. Drake happens to be the top dude in a VERY weak era. So yea, he has his success but it’s all relative. He is dominating in an era with no real competition.

    • why hate

      does he have no “classic rap albums” because he does a lot of singing on most of his albums? cause im pretty sure if he wanted to sit and make a full rap album he could. take care, nothing was the same, and so far gone were all classics just dont get the credit they deserve because he sings on those albums

      • Public Hairs

        hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Savimbi

      Very good point!!!!

    • gen x hip hop head

      Exactly

  • S

    seize.club

  • StudentOfTheGame

    i know im late to this thread of comments. But B-dot, you made this for flame war. everyone just arguing.

  • PREMERE

    Good article, and all you commentators had very good and valid points….. Never said that about any article i have read.

  • Albert Williams

    drake affect my ass…. i wipe my ass with drake lolz…. i stole that shit from dcigs aka siggers aka siggas…. aka the realest nigga in houston aka me aka cocaine a0beesh akakaakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakkak i will do something to you and literally wait a decade just to do it in yo face type ass nigga.

  • @disqus_KDM5IRs9ii:disqus bruh i know good and hell well you didn’t just say Drake HAS to be considered the best of ALL TIME everybody is entitled to their own opinion but i have to humbly request that u get the fuck up outta here with that bullshit bruh bruh. Gone now. dude been hot for all of 50 months and now all of a sudden he is the best? Smh lol Drake hasn’t outdone JaRule accomplishment wise. lol are people really crowning dude as the goat? smh

  • drake is exactly the face of this softer rapper / singer thing thats been going for the past few years actual his the creator of this style so while you have many clones of his style but he manages to keep one step of them

    • gen x hip hop head

      A non style

      • its a style thats being coped by quite a few artists that are trying to sing there hooks and incorprate more melody in there songs

  • gen x hip hop head

    look and sounds like a twat

  • I DON’T LIKE DRAKE AS A PERSON I JUST LIKE HIS MUSIC