Every few years, there is a shift within a genre that meets the public’s ire or adoration (usually in equal parts). Drake represents a shift in hip-hop towards a spacious sound-scape and nakedly expressive emoting.

His album listens like a grand Status Message, and navigates experiences often relegated to the “exception not the norm” category in hip-hop, namely lost love and doubt. We felt it was only right to sit with this album as a discussion piece, and hash out just what the effect of the Drake-over means for the music form as a whole.

8 Questions is an e-mail exchange between ihiphop writers drewbreez and Dan Troisi. Each has a distinct take on NWTS and the cultural significance of the album. This is dedication expressed through letters.