With the release of “More Life”, a visionary work of the OVO King, Drake has once again solidified his spot on the greatest of all time list.
It’s not an album, he was sure to warn us of that. It’s not a mixtape, said Drake himself. It’s a playlist. An impeccable playlist at that. One you don’t have to keeping picking up your phone to skips songs on.
With the combination of the braggadocios Drake we saw come to fruition on “If you’re reading this it’s too late,” the rawness and emotion of “Take care,” and the Caribbean/West Indian melodies heard in “Views” and singles with artists like Wiz Kid and Skepta, Drake took us full circle in his evolution as an artist on his “More Life” project.
In a recent interview with DJ Semtex on OVO Sound Radio, Drake stumbled over the idea of being a rapper. “I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve rapped in the past, or because I’m black,” said the award winning artist.
And truth be told, no one is quite sure how to classify Drake in this moment. Is he a pop-star? He sure does make some Pop-style hits. But does that take away from his success as a rapper?
My question then is, why label the man? He’s a star. He’s not Michael, but his legacy will be like his. He’s not the Beatles but his influences will be of the same magnitude. He’s not Jay Z but if you ask Drake he might say he’s even better.
The man had the entire twitterverse huddled around the nearest speaker last Saturday – an entire world listening party on OVO Sound Radio. Who else could pull something like this off?
I’m done worrying about what type of artist the guy is. I’m done discussing if he’s better than Jay or if he is the greatest to ever do it. And I think the rest of you should join me. The man drops hits. Nothing but hits, and it’s time to just be thankful we are living in a time where this kind of greatness is present.