— Rap Direct (@RapDirect) January 28, 2017
Drake is the biggest rapper on the planet, but is he nothing more than just a wave-riding flow biter with a high Q rating and an unstoppable machine behind him? Papi embarked on his Boy Meets World world tour recently and stopped in Amsterdam where he previewed a track presumably from his More Life playlist. While his concert goers loved the snippet, critics are accusing Drake of biting.
Upset fans of the culture went on Twitter and blasted the entertainer for his lack of creativity and accused him of sounding like other rappers on the snippet. Names thrown around include Lil Uzi Vert and South Florida SoundCloud rapper XXXTENTACION. Personally, I think he sounds like every other rapper out now, but whatever. Still, fans are so over Drake’s inability to create and re-invent the rap wheel and aren’t taking it anymore.
“Music is about creativity, originality, and expressing yourself. I could never respect Drake as an artist because of that, tweeted a critic. “Not only did Drake the biggest biter in the world take the mans flow he even took the beat and slowed it down same beat structure and all that,” added another.
Obviously, it’s not the first time Drake has been accused of jacking someone’s flow. “Drizzy know he bit [Migos] flow,” Quavo said in a 2015 interview. Takeoff chimed in and said he wasn’t the only one. “Everybody trying to bite the style ever since we made ‘Versace,’ but they don’t give us credit. We had a big impact on the game, though.” Drake was also previously accused of stealing Big Sean’s style, which was fine with Sean because the OVO leader gave credit. “Drake is my homie. He gave me a lot of credit, because I came up with rhyme scheme a lot of people thought that he came up with,” he said. “I called it ‘Supa Dupa Flow,’ but he kind of made it more popular on the song ‘Forever.’
The bigger question is now that Migos is experiencing mainstream success, can Drake continue rapping like an unofficial member of Migos and still get away with it? Probably.