News: Nas Explains Drake's Rap Buzz, "Anyone Who Questions Him, He'll Get At You"
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 4:00PM
Nas recently revealed his opinion on rap newcomer Drake and why the newly signed Young Money emcee's buzz is more than just hype.
In addition to Drake, Nasty Nas also touched on his respect for Scarface.
"[I'm listening to] Drake and always Scarface," Nas revealed in an interview. "Drake is new. He's here to show anybody who questions him that he'll get at you. He's like fresh water right now on dry land. Scarface is the realist rapper. He's the most musically serious, besides Kanye [West], right now. What Scarface says in his rhymes is real. You can't get away from [Lil] Wayne right now. So that's what I'm listening to. I'm waiting on Dr. Dre's album." (Omaha World-Herald)
Jamie Foxx recently compared Drake's rap image to the young LL Cool J.
"Drake is the new movement," Foxx said in an interview. "To have records on a mixtape, and then the next thing you know he's on top of the charts. And every time you mention him, people go crazy...And then to be on a track with Bun B...and...Bun B, he doesn't get on tracks with people unless it's really legit...[Drake] has a way with women, in how he portrays himself. His music is...he can go as gangster as he wants, but when he sings, that is the X-factor...This guy's actually melodically soothing when he's singing to females and I think that gives him a little bit of what my man LL Cool J had...The reason LL Cool J lasted for so long was because he was an absolute monster when it came to battle rap, but he was, when it came to females...there's not a lady in the world don't want to be at an LL Cool J show. So, if this guy can capture what I think he can capture, he'll really have that." (MTV)
50 Cent questioned the rapper's buzz earlier this month.
"I don't think you can accomplish that right now," Fif said in an interview. "Not without finance. I hear his record on the radio. He got a good buzz, I hear him. Sh*t, it wasn't possible for my music to be on the radio when I was coming. You know mine's was completely organic Like when you hear a song on the radio, it means it's being worked. Ain't nothing there 'just because.' Enough for it to be playing every hour on the hour. That song is being worked like he's on the label. I'm sure Syliva Rhone or Universal, they're spending money to get the record played so the public is feeling like it's just happening. He might not be signed yet, but they might work it to get him to sign. Is it worth signing until you develop that?" (XXLMag)
Drake signed his big record deal this week joining forces with Lil Wayne and Baby.
The long-anticipated wait is over as Drake has signed a record deal which places him under the wings of Young Money/Cash Money with distribution by Universal Republic. While an official statement has yet to emerge, the rapper's long trek of signing speculation has come to an end. (SOHH)Check out this clip of Drake talking with Jamie Foxx, Big Tigger and Queen Latifah.