The art of Hip-Hop has allowed rappers the ability to craft stories for the listeners’ consumption, inviting them into the world in which they’ve created. Songs in general when attached to the right artist can easily manipulate the listener to believe that it was created from a life event that may have occurred in the particular artist’s journey, no matter the genre. Hip-Hop, specifically, carries a heavy weight on the majority of songs as well as the artist, as many artists have either absolutely lived what they’ve written, or created an impeccable illusion for the consumer.
In many cases, the artist or the songwriter create the song from an anonymous situation, or from their own imaginations. The artist’s job is to then perform this work of fiction, or non-fiction, to make it the most believable work of art. To be able to grasp a fan’s loyalty and love for your song and music based on the relatable factor is a magical component to an artist’s longevity.
Such is the case for one of the biggest acts in the entertainment industry, Aubrey Graham, aka Drake. The rapper’s entrance on the scene became a widespread breath of fresh air for those who swiftly became privy to his skills. His lyrics were continuously praised as well, as he also began to write for other artists as well.
In 2015, however, Drake would famously become embroiled in a beef with Philly rapper Meek Mill after a tweet in which he called out the “Toosie Slide’ rapper. “Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps,” the “Going Bad” rapper exclaimed. “That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out!”
He added, “He ain’t even write that verse on my album, and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol.” Meek was referring to their collaboration on his Dreams Worth More Than Money album, “R.I.C.O.” Continuing he stated, “When he said the dream girl s**t on Rico I thought he was coming at me lol Then youngbull played me the verse…”
Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s longtime producer came to Twitter to defend Drake’s honor. “I’ve spent maybe 30 min in a studio with Q. Nice enough guy, very talented… If you’re asking if he contributed to if you’re reading this… Yes, he did,” he said, referring to Quentin Miller who Meek Mill says ghostwrote Drake’s raps. “If your asking if he contributed to if you’re reading this… Yes, he did. You can also see that by reading the credits.”
I’ve spent maybe 30 min in a studio with Q. Nice enough guy, very talented…— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
If your asking if he contributed to if you’re reading this… Yes, he did. You can also see that by reading the credits. 👀— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
Continuing, he said, “Rap has a stigma about writing your own lyrics and rightfully so… its a very personal art form and its rooted in speaking truthfully. Thankfully for me drake isn’t just a rapper. He’s also a musician and a producer and a creator. Never has someone spoken about themselves or there own perspective so vividly… ever,” he tweeted. “Its why people have called him soft… because he shows humility and is truthful and honest.”
40 adds, “”You’re smokin that s**t you say you selling if you think someone wrote that s**t. so if someone wants to be upset that drake made a great album, go for it, get mad all day lol! but don’t ever question my brothers pen.”
so if someone wants to be upset that drake made a great album, go for it, get mad all day lol! but don’t ever question my brothers pen.— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
Another person has also come forward questioning some Drake lyrics: his own father, Dennis Graham. In an interview with Nick Cannon’s morning radio show on Power 106, Graham attempted to set the record straight, saying that contrary to what his son has been saying in his lyrics, he’s been there. “I had a conversation with Drake about that. I’ve always been with Drake,” Graham told Cannon. “I talk to him if not every day, every other day.”
He continued to recall their conversation and his feelings. “I said, ‘Drake, why are you saying all of this stuff about me, man? It’s not cool,’” According to Graham, Drizzy’s response was simply, “Dad, it sells records.”
The interview came off the heels of Drake’s 2X certified platinum single “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” that housed the lyrics: “I’ve been ready/ Since my dad used to tell me/ He was coming to the house to get me/ He ain’t show up/ Valuable lesson, man, I had to grow up/ That’s why I never ask for help.” Their relationship was also rapped about in his song “From Time” off the Nothing Was The Same album. “I’ve been dealing with my dad, speaking of lack of patience / Just me and my old man getting back to basics / We’ve been talking ‘bout the future and time that we wasted / When he put that bottle down, girl that n****a’s amazing,” raps Drake.
Upon catching wind of his father’s comments, the Toronto rapper expressed his disappointment in his father, who got divorced from his mother when he was a mere five years old. “Woke up today so hurt man. My father will say anything to anyone that’s willing to listen to him,” the OVO rapper wrote in an Instagram story. “It’s sad when family gets like this but what can we really do that’s the people we are stuck with … every bar I ever spit was the truth and the truth is hard for some people to accept.”