Terror Squad leader Fat Joe has shared his thoughts on Drake and explained why he predicts the Young Money artist will have more longevity in music than rap rival 50 Cent.
From Joey Crack’s perspective, Drizzy offers fans versatility with his music writing ability.
“He’s just moving at a way faster pace than other artists have in the past,” Joe explained in an interview. “He’s putting out maybe five, six, seven hit records. You know how hard it is for a person to have one hit? So imagine what his album is like…Two very different artists…As far as I’m concerned, [50 Cent] had one hot album, and his first album was a classic and that’s it. After that everything else was bubble gummed down. So Drake, I think he will outlast 50 Cent. If you talk about 50 Cent on top really making hot music it didn’t even last two, three, four years. Looking at the quality of the music that Drake is making and the different lanes–he wrote that song for Alicia Keys, ‘Unthinkable’–I think we ain’t seen nobody like him yet.” (VIBE)
Last summer, 50 compared his 2003 industry buzz to Drake’s current popularity.
“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 [‘Best I Ever Had’] 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?” (XXL Mag)
50 also shared his thoughts of Jay-Z doing the “Off That” Drake collaboration last year.
“[Lil Wayne] has that new kid, what’s his name, Drake,” Fif said in an interview. “The kid is coming up. I heard Jay-Z got him on his single. Right? That was ill, like, that was fast! For him to put him on his single, like that’s ill. I don’t know if he’s rhyming or singing but the fact that he’s on it is hot. Like that was a fast come-up. Jay won’t even rap on his own artists and be in the video with ‘em. Freeway, he did Freeway dirty. In the Freeway project, we were doing something together. It was all of us together, Jay had a record with Freeway and I said ‘If you shoot that one, I’ll shoot the one that I did with him and we’ll make the video.’ Now tell me that ain’t the perfect scenario for Freeway.” (Hot 97)
Drake recently said his Thank Me Later debut album was near completion.
“The sun just came out,” he wrote on a blog last week. “I mean I haven’t seen it yet cause I am in the studio but I know it did. So good morning,” he wrote Wednesnday (March 31). “I am working on the last song for Thank Me Later. What a different journey it’s been this go round. I wish I could share so much more with you but there are just too many new people involved who have dedicated their time to ‘the reveal.'” (October’s Very Own)
Check out 50 Cent speaking on Drake below: