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Monday, October 24, 2016

Should Drake Just Give it a Rest?

Aubrey Graham is celebrating his 30th birthday and for him it's a good time to be alive. Hate him or love him, he is arguably one of the most scintillating artists in the music industry today. Breaking all kinds of records and making himself a permanent face for pop culture. Dude starts trends over 40's production. With his most recent OVO Sound radio show, Drake dropped 4 tracks with his one track, "Two Birds, One Stone," making headlines with his subtle disses towards Pusha T and Kid Cudi. 

For those who are unaware, Drake has constantly been referenced in a negative manner in Pusha T's music with Drake staying quiet for many years. Kid Cudi also went on a recent tirade on Twitter about Drake's so-called fake tendencies in rap, before he checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal tendencies. While many think that the Cudi references in the recent Drake track were a bit tasteless due to Cudi's current situation, the references to Pusha T being a "studio drug dealer" instead of the heavy amount of drug trafficking that King Push discusses in his music is one of the first real moments Drake addressed P. Drake has had a history of beefing with certain artists, most notably Meek Mill, Common, Tory Lanez and Joe Budden. While Drake successfully sonned Meek Mill, the other artists appeared to have the upper hand but were unable to really beat Drake's limelight and allure. I mean come on, Common called him Canada Dry and Joe Budden used the José Bautista getting punched in the face photo as the art for the a diss track. Now while the internet is quick to discuss how Drake dissed Pusha T in a few loose lines in the song, I feel like I should remind the masses about Exodus 23:1 and H.G.T.V..

Be that as it may, I recently got into a conversation with a friend of mine on whether or not there is simply too much Drake. This ended up being a point of discussion on Hot 97, which more or less confirms the mutual feeling about Drake. When a top artist such as Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, J. Cole, Nas and other drop new music, the internet gets lit fam. I mean Jay dropped 2 bars and a couple exhales on a Drake track and the internet lost its mind. But the reason these artists get that type of reception to their new music is the fact that they disappear. Some of them may go on tour or have other projects lined up but once their music drops, they simply disappear from the limelight only to explode back on the scene with a brand new track and/or project. The issue with Drake is that he doesn't slip back...ever. Look at his catalog. Since the acclaimed drop of So Far Gone (2009), he has had 2 retail mixtapes, 2 compilation albums with Young Money, and 4 albums - 8 projects in 7 years. This does not include his TV spots and featurings with the likes of Beyoncé, RiRi and other artists which also adds more to his exposure. With that being said, when a new track drops, do you get that same feeling of excitement you would for a track that any of the top artists would drop? The answer is no. In fact, I feel like collectively, most people would just expect it or even say here's another Drake track on the same familiar production. Now he's going to kill it. Drake is one of the only mainstay hip hop artists who consistently has radio friendly music. Don't expect to hear a Mac Miller or Action Bronson track on the radio. I know for a fact that if Kendrick did a feature on a song, I will have about a dozen friends DM me for either a link or asking me if I've heard it yet. When a new Drake track drops, it's just there. We speak about it, we will all listen to it, and then agree that its above par and dope to listen to but it won't resonate with us one bit. Now I'm just a person and these are my opinions. I'm not degrading or attacking Aubrey's hustle. Dude doesn't need to stop if the money keeps rolling in. He has placed himself in the upper echelon. But maybe the homey can Take Care and enjoy the Views, and give us More Life during his Comeback Season letting us know Nothing was the Same so we can Thank Him Later.

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