8 Questions With iHipHop: Nothing Was The Same

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Dan: Because of his hybrid rap/r&b sound, will any Drake album ever be able to earn the “classic” label among hip-hop curmudgeons? Will he have more longevity in the game than Kendrick because of his inter-genre malleable sound?

Drew: The standard of what makes something “classic” is subjective, evolving, and probably the hardest (and most foolish) thing that an artist could concern him/herself with in the long-term. Drake doesn’t seem to be in the business of determining where he compares to that nebulous standard, but he does want to be remembered for leading in his genre and for challenging accepted practice (while still showing his ability to execute the various conventions of “rap-worthiness” or whatever). As for the Kendrick thing, I have no idea which of these two artists will have more staying power, but I wouldn’t bet against either of them because of how talented they are and how hard they work to find people’s ears with multiple styles and masterful music. Even though Kendrick’s best skill is “rapping,” I don’t think it’s his only skill and he knows that he needs others to be successful at the level he’s beginning to taste now. It will definitely be intriguing to see how he approaches his next album after all this “classic” acclaim.


  1. I think that he’s going after Kendrick. All these talk about Kendrick’s Control verse got him pretty riled up. I am sure Drake won’t be able to resist fighting back.

  2. No? Calling Drake’s music “great” is my opinion. Why, in your opinion, is that not an accurate assessment?

  3. Drake is a user, once he found that Wayne no longer serves his s4it, he moves on to find another to leech from.

  4. not here to argue. it’s just that i would have expected you would be calling it as it is. drake would be good, and i am being generous with that. but in light of other songs and albums coming out, some without a major label backing, it makes you think twice. not a drake hater, really, i’ve enjoyed drizzy’s songs.

  5. Not arguing, just debating. That’s what this forum is for. All debates are welcome and strongly encouraged.

    While yeah there is a lot of good independent hip-hop out there, not sure what that has to do with Drake.

  6. 40 should really expand his horizons. Drake knows he’s got a good thing going there and he’s gonna keep 40 for as long as he could.

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