I know rappers are often full of themselves, but when Drake recently told The Jewish Chronicle that he was the first artist to successfully rap and sing, I thought I was being punked.
“There were people who incorporated melody before me,” Drake told the paper, “but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.”
While Drake shows his ability to be introspective and reflective about life in his music, it’s clear his knowledge of hip-hop history isn’t that deep. Had Lauryn Hill made these remarks folks might, might, give her a pass, but Drake?!
How quickly we lose sight of our history. While Drizzy was back in Toronto working on his acting chops, artists such as Hill, Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Missy, Wyclef, and Ja Rule (remember him?) sold millions of albums rapping and singing.
So no, Drake, you aren’t the first to do it. You aren’t even the fifth person to do it.
Drizzy, instead of trying to crown yourself some sort of hip-hop visionary, perhaps your time will be better served writing songs that actually mean something and will still get played 15 years after you put them out.
Need help? Ask L-Boogie how she did it.