Drake, Best Musician of His Time

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If you would have said that a Canadian child actor from Degrassi named Aubrey would grow up to win a Grammy for best rap album, a lot of people would have looked at you funny. Aubrey Drake Graham broke through every barrier in hip-hop and is now a top rap and pop charts artist. As polarizing as has music has become in the traditional hip-hop industry, Drake has an irreplicable voice and a vast body of work that makes him the best all-around artist of this generation.

Drake has had remarkable success on the Billboard Hot 100 over his career. “Drake’s latest album release allowed him to chart 24 songs on the latest Hot 100 report, upping his career total from a previous 133 to now 154 entries,” Revolt notes. The article goes on to say Drake now holds records for single week record for most charted top 100 entries, Most Hot 100 entries as a soloist, most streams in a single week and most streams on Spotify.

The negative stigma that revolves around Drake is the tendency for his songs to be “soft” compared to other, more traditional hip-hop songs. This is a key reason why Drake is ultra-successful in rap and pop charts. He even references this in his song “Worst Behavior” when he asks the question, “who else making rap albums / doing numbers like its pop?”

Drake also incorporates hard rap songs as well as softer songs. This is most clearly shown in the 2011 album “Take Care,” which is still on the Billboard Top 200 seven years later.  This album satisfies traditional rap supporters with unbelievable flow in songs such as “Underground Kings,” “HYFR,” and “Headlines,” but it also satisfies pop fans with more meaningful songs such as “Marvins Room,” “Over my Dead Body” and “Shot for Me.” With this versatility, no wonder this album has been on the Billboard Top 200 since 2011.

On top of musical versatility, Drake shows terrific emotional versatility as well. There is always that joke that potatoes are the best food because they can make fries, chips, hash browns and mashed potatoes. Drake is a “musical potato.” Any type of emotion you have, there is a Drake song for it. If you feel unstoppable, like you could drive through the city at night with your high beams on, listen to “Over,” “Legend,” or “Up all Night.” If you need to be the best at something, listen to “Worst Behavior,” “Forever,” or “Started from the Bottom.” If you’re at a party, listen to “God’s Plan,” or “The Language.” If you become close with a girl from that party, listen to “Take Care,” “Too Good” or “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” And if that girl leaves you listen to “Marvins Room.” That is a full spectrum of emotions that only Drake is capable of expressing through songs.

The one knock on Drake’s run of dominance were the allegations brought forward by rapper Meek Mill who said Drake was using a ghostwriter to write his verses. The validity of these claims is stuff unknown but we do know Meek Mill stopped talking after Drake responded with back to back diss tracks about him. Even if these allegations are true, as Drake said to Complex, “Music can be a collaborative process.” Steven Tyler did not write all of the the songs for Aerosmith and John Lennon did not write all of the songs for the Beatles so this should not be a blemish on Drake’s legacy even if the icon known as “Drake” is a collaborative effort.

On top of all of Drake’s solo songs, he shines the most in his vast collection of collaborations. Drake’s ability to collaborate and shine in songs with hip-hop icons such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kanye West, Big Sean, Migos, Rick Ross and Meek Mill provide further evidence that he is the most versatile artist out there. Versatility of music, a trophy case full of awards, numerous Grammys and a 10 year track record of dominance makes Drake far and away the greatest artist of our generation.