D.L. Chandler
Photo: GQ, April 2012

Drake Says He Is The First Artist To Successfully Merge Rapping & Singing

 

Although Canadian rapper and singer Drake has found fame as a dual threat artist who can belt out the vocals along with the bars, he’s not much of a historian after revealing in an interview that he considers himself the first artist to find success in both rhyming and singing. Speaking backstage at a sold-out event in London with The Jewish Chronicle, Drizzy made sure to stamp himself as an innovator although he may have been a touch out of line.

“There were people who incorporated melody before me,” said Drake. “But I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.” Perhaps Drake was taken out of context, but artists such as T-Pain (the self-professed “rappa-ternt-sanga”), Devin The Dude, Snoop Dogg and the mercurial Kanye West all have made splashes with harmonious melodies to go along with their bars. Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean has shown flourishes that he too can rap with the best, as evidenced by his features on Odd Future tracks. Then there is that multi-Grammy winning album by an ex-Fugee called The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, to consider.

Drake may be overwhelmed by all of his fame so he should be excused for his snafu but as he told the Chronicle, his honeyed vocals and secure raps are not part of some larger than life image.

“Yes, there are aspects of it that are new in the rap world. But it’s not a gimmick. I just sort of exist and people embrace it. I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day,” shared Drake. “It doesn’t take me six hours to get ready and I don’t have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like this.”

 

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Comment Comments: 23 Tags Tags: kanye west, drake, snoop dogg, frank ocean, lauryn hill
  • http://twitter.com/Legal_Chicanery CinnaMarie

    Missy Elliot. Lauryn Hill. Andre 3000, Pharell, Queen Latifah. Kid Cudi. misguided Canadian man-boy PLZ!

  • http://twitter.com/RhetoricJams Rhetoric

    whoops i guess the canadian forgot about OL DIRTY BASTARD if shimmy shimmy ya isn’t singing idk what is

    • ClanInDaFront

      The INVENTOR of “singin’-rappin!”

  • lisa

    So Bone Thus n Harmony,Latifah, Lauryn, Ja Rule didn’t successfully sing and rap get over yourself hairy boy Drake.

  • emerald0613

    With his funny looking self! Ugh!

  • Anomymous

    Don’t forget Cee Lo.

  • AnnaB83

    *Looks down @ comments….* ya he forgot a crap load of people. -___-

  • Wisdom

    What Drake does is singing? Never knew that. Maybe that’s what the Canadians recognize as “singing”.

  • reese

    So he must be speaking if his label mate N.Minaj when he spoke of people taking a long time to get ready and remember their guise.

  • Nene

    I would even throw out Nelli and Ja Rule. They both rap/sung when they were popular

    • Nene

      Nelly*

  • ICalloutBS

    *Sighs* SMH… Drake you’re my Favorite Rapper.. That said… WTH is wrong with you?! You forgot about some of the BEST to ever do it! Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill.. #Drops Mic and posts comment

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paris-Ellison/100001344271315 Paris Ellison

    Drake is so ignorant of hip hop history, it’s not even funny. He needs to go watch “The Art Of Rap” by Ice T. Drake can’t freestyle without a blackberry, can’t battle and apparently he’s never heard of Lauryn Hill, Missy, Cee-Lo and countless others who are real SINGERS that came before him, either. lol I’m embarrassed for him.

    Drake DOES take on personas. Watch him on Chelsea Lately and see how he talks and then watch him talk to a “hip hop” audience. Like night & day. Jay Z, Kanye, Common J Cole etc don’t do this. They talk the same wherever they go, but Drake so does NOT! Fact!

  • James

    Phonte of The Foreign Exchange and Little Brother.

  • binarystarr

    Simply disgusted…

  • WaltWhite

    I like drake, but he is stupid for saying that!

  • champhf

    i was going to name allot of artist that came before him but i think its pointless and shows how much he studies music….!!! drink your sangria and STFU

  • HeatherLea

    He must not listen to his own music. I can’t stand his voice, it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. He doesn’t have a diverse flow pattern so all of his songs sound the same, borderline basically monotone to me. I’ve never been able to tolerate his voice, if I’m at a club and he comes on I go outside, on the radio, I immediately change the station. It’s awful, I don’t get why he’s so popular. I look forward to the day that his 15 minutes is up.

  • Jason

    BEYONCE too. DONT FORGET ABOUT BEYONCE….she rapped in that one song now she sings all day long….DRAKE still have some territory to cover because it sounds like he still tries to rap every so often

  • linda

    Like night & day. Jay Z, Kanye, Common J Cole etc don’t do this.
    They talk the same wherever they go, but Drake so does NOT! Fact! I am on ( == BlackWhitePlanet– c 0 /m.==), met many good guys and beauties, they also
    want to find true love. Now I have found my l’ove , so I recommend it to you, I
    hope everyone can find their best l’ove.Goodluck.if I’m at a club and he comes on I go outside, on the radio, I
    immediately change the station. It’s awful, I don’t get why he’s so
    popular. I look forward to the day that his 15 minutes is up.

  • 20sickness

    he cant even sing. he’s horrible and needs to stick with rapping which he’s a lyrical genius

  • Kathy Dunson

    Um Nate Dogg, Bone Thugs, Lauryn Hill?? I can go on and on.. smh..

  • Crooked

    You people can label all the references you want. But it is true. He is the first and only artist to have both a rap song and an RnB song listed on Billboard’s NUMBER ONE in both categories. Let alone for FOUR WEEKS. Do your research.

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