News: LL Cool J Co-Signs Lil Wayne & Drake, "He Seems To Be The Dominant Figure" [Video]

Sunday, Jul 19, 2009 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop pioneer LL Cool J recently spoke on the impact of Lil Wayne and Drake to the rap game and why the duo make more than just a hot "chorus."

Despite speaking on an overall lack of authentic hip-hop as witnessed during his era, LL explained the strengths of both Weezy and Drizzy.

"It's a lot of talented guys out there," LL explained in an interview. "Lil Wayne is talented. He seems to be the dominant figure in this particular era of hip-hop. So you know, he's doing his thing. I like Drake, you know, that 'You The Best' is a good record...It's a good song. There's a lot of talented guys out there so you know, kudos fellas." (Hip Hop Official)

Twista recently compared Weezy's impact on rap to the late Tupac Shakur.

"You can't really hate on Lil Wayne for it 'cause no one had done it before in rap," Twista said in an interview. "He was the first one that done it, so, you have to respect that. I love Lil Wayne 'cause one, he did what Tupac did -- brought a lotta records out and exceeded the normal rapper's output. And two, he's one of the last rappers that still makes me want to rap. Like other rappers I listen to and don't feel nothing. But I can listen to Wayne and get inspired to pick up the pad and write something myself." (The Boom Box)

Jamie Foxx explained the similarities between Drake's rap image and 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 previously questioned the rapper's buzz last 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)

Check out LL Cool J's thoughts on today's rap game below:

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