Seemingly overnight, Drake has joined the ranks of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem and Lil Wayne as the major players in hip-hop’s landscape. But how exactly did a former child actor from Canada become rap’s new big thing?
Yes, he raps and sings, offering a new artistic wrinkle compared to MCs who only rhyme. But beyond being able to carry a tune and his lyrical agility, it’s the candor and introspection that underlines Drake’s words that enables him to connect with fans on a deeper level.
“I think he’s a true artist, honestly, to the purest definition,” XXL magazine’s Bonsu Thompson told MTV News. “But he’s also young. I think his biggest strength, to me, is with his pen, I think he rhymes like someone 10 years his senior. Not only does he have an interesting perspective on life and where he’s at in life, he also has an interesting perspective on women, and he’s able to cater to them.
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