I think most of us agree that you should believe in your own talent even if no one else does. However, Drake just might have taken his beliefs about his contribution to music to another level and can now only be summed up in one word: Delusional. During an interview with The Jewish Chronicle, they quote him as saying about his music:
There were people who incorporated melody before me but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.”
I’m sorry, what now? Did the name Lauryn Hill escape you during this interview? Did the name Nate Dogg, who was basically the “king” of singing and rapping hooks slip your mind? Perhaps he was overly excited about the concert he was about to give in London so the names of all the successful rappers who also sang in their songs conveniently disappeared from his mind. If that’s not the case and he really believes that he’s the first successful rapper to mix singing and rapping then he really might be living in a dream world.
Drake also goes on to say that his style of wearing his heart on his sleeve when he creates his songs is not a gimmick. He says, “This is not a gimmick. I just sort of exist and people embrace me. I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself everyday.” Yes, I suppose that’s why your style is eerily familiar to someone named Kanye West. Yes, that’s why a lot of the music he’s put out lately had a bit of a depressing tone.
But Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah and many others were way years ahead of you incorporating rapping and singing. Never forget it…and show some respect!