Thursday, December 3, 2015

Drake and His Quest For Greatness

If I had a nickel for every time I heard an argument for Drake to be listed as one of the greatest rappers of all time, I'd be able to quit my job and vacation somewhere on "Bullshit Island". The argument is ridiculous for a few reasons. First, its way too early to give him that kind of credit. Second, his musical output is simply good at best, not great. He hasn't had an album with the social/political/musical impact as Kendrick's To Pimp A Butterfly or had the lyrical quality as J. Cole's Forest Hills Drive or the artistic vision of Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Third, his lyrical ability is shit. This can be seen during his beef (more like shoulder rub) with Meek Mill. His two diss tracks "Charged Up" (boring as hell) and "Back to Back" (better) were mediocre at best. On a scale of 1 to 10, the former is a 2 and the latter a 5, and he FUCKING WON! Well, he won the beef (or back rub) because Meek Mill took FOR-EVER to respond, but the repercussions didn't end there.

On November 27th, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar released tracks both titled "Black Friday" where both rappers cut songs with them rapping over each other's songs. In J. Cole's song the lyric "If I quote it nigga, I wrote it n***a, Six head shots, I’ll erode a n***a" seems to be a reference just screaming of Drake. People tended to laugh it off. J. Cole and Drake are pretty friendly together, even collaborated on some tracks, sure.

Not even a week later, Rick Ross releases his song "Color Money" that contains the biting lyric “Color money got your bitch out on a world tour/ My lil’ homie made a million on his girl’s tour/ We back to back and down to wack a n---a unborn/ Miami n---as got ’em changin’ all they gun laws/ So run Forrest, got some shooters and they down, too/ I got more money than that pussy that you're signed to.” and I'm sitting here with my eyebrows raised wondering to myself Alright, what's Drake going to do with this?

That question is an interesting one and its related to the question of Drake being one of hip hop's all time greats. No great rapper in the history of hip hop ever let a shot, let alone two, directed at them go. These two shots are only two from high profile artists, who knows how many Drake disses from rappers with lesser profiles have been made.

If Drake is really to be named among the greatest rappers of all time, which is built on reputation and body of work and influence, he needs to cut the puppy dog shit and start returning fire because winning his feud with Meek Mill hasn't quieted the critics and his legitimacy is still being called into question.

I don't care about about ghostwriting and whether hip hop should have it or not, it doesn't matter to me. All I know is that Tupac, Biggie, Nas, KRS-One or Eminem wouldn't let even the slightest comment about their legitimacy slide. They'd spit out a few bars and shut that noise down.

Its on you Drizzy.