News: Drake Says The Game's Changed, "Rap Now Is Just Being Young, Fly & Having Your Sh*t Together"
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 12:45PM
Young Money star Drake graces the upcoming issue of GQ magazine and speaks on the ever-changing state of hip hop and what he feels is an evolution of rap music.
Straight out of a recent excerpt from his cover feature on GQ Magazine, Drizzy stresses the importance of remaining relevant and being the "artist-of-the-moment."
Staring into the fire, he tells me he's part of a new generation of rappers, one that is less defined by aggression and street credibility. "Rap now is just being young and fly and having your sh*t together," he says. "The mood of rap has changed." So has the way you get huge as a rapper. Drake launched his career via a blog and Myspace; now he's one of the biggest artists in the world. He's keenly aware of the power--and the panoptic demands--of the social networks that made him. "Some of my favorite rappers, some of my heroes"--DJ Screw, Aaliyah--"there might be like 200 pictures of them because there was no Internet," he says. "Whereas with us, it's like every moment is documented." (GQ)
In the new VIBE, Drizzy discussed longevity in rap music and the difficulty behind sustaining popularity in the industry.
But when it comes to tossing off disses, Drake's not above delivering his own veiled swipes these days. On "Dreams Money Can Buy," he surveys the hip-hop landscape and decides he's sorely disappointed by what he sees. "Lately it went from top five to remain- ing five," he rhymes. "My favorite rappers either lost it or they ain't alive." He stops short of mentioning names, but doesn't back away from his declaration. "I wasn't in rap when I was idolizing a lot of these people," he says. "But times change. People don't sound the way they used to. It's inevitable. Someday Drake won't sound the way he used to. I'll do anything in my power to still sound relevant, but unfortunately Drake may not. And yes," he says with a chuckle, "I referred to myself in the third person." (VIBE)
Recently, Texas DJ Michael "5000" Watts hit up SOHH and gave his impression on artists like Drake embracing the Houston sound in their music.
"I think it's a beautiful thing to have people from outside Houston and embrace everything we've done. I don't take it as an insult. People like Drake, A$AP Rocky and others pay homage to the whole chopped and screwed sound and Houston movement," Watts told SOHH. "It really keeps Houston alive and helps make sure what we're doing is brought to the forefront." (SOHH)
While loved by many, some artists have gone out of their way to disclose their issues with the YMCMB crooner, with the most recent rant coming from rapper DMX.
"No, no," X said when asked if he likes Drake. "I don't like anything about Drake. I don't like his f*cking voice. I don't like what he talks about, I don't like his face, I don't like the way he walks, I don't like nothing. I don't like his haircut. I might just -- let me shut up. Stop right there." ("The Breakfast Club")
Check out some recent Drake footage below: