Drake is soft. He embraces all the female qualities in a man, and shows just how far a man can go with his emotions. Yet, that is what a great majority of today’s society is made of. Due to this, Drake can connect through racial barriers and between both sexes. Drake truthfully could be looked at as the song bird of our generation. But is that enough? In a very recent article on this website (The “Lord Jamar” Needs to Go) the question of a rapper’s ability to respect the past culture of hip-hop was brought up. Now Drake has never been the one to receive backlash about his respect to his ancestors of the game but shouldn’t he, right? I mean yeah people have questioned his toughness, singing and how far his bottom was, but never have they asked the question if he actually does respect rap. Drake being one of the leaders of Rap owes us this, competitiveness.
Competitiveness is the culture of hip-hop. It’s what made rap greats like 2Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Ice Cube and so many more respected. If Drake is going to say he’s rapper, that fine, but don’t shy away from the duties of being one. The culture will forgive him for making R&B tracks, wearing his emotions on his sleeve, and even Marvin’s Room. But the culture can’t forgive him for not carrying the tough, brash, don’t-take-shit-from-nobody COMPETITIVENESS that is hip-hop. So when a legend calls you out on a song, or a established rapper coming for your generation’s crown name drops you, you RESPOND. We the fans don’t wan’t to hear that you are at the top of the hill, and you don’t have the respect in yourself to support your craft. The line between Drake being a rapper and R&B artist are already thin and getting thinner with every Take Care and NWTS he releases. It’s like this Drake, you have to decide if you are part of this culture. You can’t just hop in-between being in and being out for your convenience. Don’t tell me in a song that your going to “make me catch a body like that”, but then respond to someone’s shot at you by saying his words are “harsh.”
I truly believe Drake is one of the most talented rappers when he does rap and that he brings something to the game that other rappers don’t. But you owe your fans and hip-hop fans in general the respect to the culture of hip-hop. If you wan’t to be the best, this is part of it. The laissez-faire approach to beefs and disputes won’t appease the audience. So take it to the pen-and-pad (or blackberry) and express war on it. And keep it to the pen-and-pad and not anything more or less (even though I’m pretty sure I don’t need to warn Drake on guns); “You ain’t wet nobody, nigga, you Canada dry.”