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Sky(dome) is the Limit

I consider myself a rap connoisseur. Whether it be the gun-toting sounds of King Fantastic, the off the wall antics of Odd Future, or the eclectic artistry of Lil Wayne there aren’t many rappers I disapprove of or ignore. For over thirty years the world of Hip-Hop has blossomed in ways unforeseen and unexpected. In fact, the landscape is so diverse now that many of its fans have begun to debate what is and is not rap music.

I am far from a purist when it comes to said debate. I feel that growth is evidence of life, and rappers that stretch for such will always be considered the same. It matters not if they use House and Dub-Step staples instead of 808’s and scratches; or their subject matter concerns heartache or the hardcore. If it’s honest art provided by an enthusiastic artist I’m happy to hear it.

Drake is one rapper both beloved and hated by Hip-Hop’s ever expanding community. As a proud Torontonian I fall into the first camp. Drake is certainly a break from the 90’s norm, but it is difficult to make a convincing argument that he is not a rapper. To do so one would have to discredit the likes of Eazy-E and the N.W.A. Revolution of 1988. Their street cinema spoke of bullet-riddled struggles, inspiring a generation of Gangsta rappers who still thrive today.

Drake exploded onto the scene in 2009 with his album worthy mixtape “So Far Gone.” Thereafter he has become a household name and a beloved flag-bearer for Toronto. Like him or not he is here to stay and stir up a slice of music that never stays stagnant. Just as I have started the push for Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (August 29th), so too begins the anticipation for Drake’s “Take Care” (October 24th).

Until the next single drops please enjoy a few of his hidden gems:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    like the pictures ;)

  • Chris Elliott

    Love that you posted this man. A lot of people really appreciate his music, but I think you and I especially take note to what he means to and has done for the city of Toronto. I’m beaming with pride whenever I hear any song of his being played on the radio, or him giving a shot out to people I’ve met in Toronto. It’s nuts. Everything has changed, and now that the Weeknd is here as well, things are only looking better. Thank you for doing this piece dude. Necessary and appreciated. holla. 

    • Anonymous

      Glad you enjoyed it. It was certainly a random selection, that to be honest, was inspired by the last song I included. I had been playing it so much that I had to discover a means of including it. After a lot of thought I came up with concept and pulled the narrative together. Loved the pictures! Thank you OVO for those!!!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting piece, although the camparison to Eazy and NWA is a bit of a stretch.  I see your point but they were still rapping, the discussion if Drake is a rapper has nothing to do with his flow, it’s with his crooning.

    I love Drake as well but I can see why there is a true debate.  If he wasnt successful though their would def. not be a debate!

    • Anonymous

      We will have to disagree in part only on this one. His crooning is only an addition to his base I feel, (something Mase did as well). And it seems that it is within this addition that people have a problem, but where I personally find the true substance. Rap alone would have died off without people willing to couple it with additions beyond those first standardized as acceptable. 

      The reason I used Eazy-E was because he added a bravado and vulgarity to rap that no one had before; he did the unacceptable. 

      Rap is a rebellious art form and for too long Gangsta rap became anything but rebellion. I feel that Drake with his crazed and diverse emotional approach has become the new rebellion… that is until OFWGFTA, (they are definitely the latest rebellion, LOL!).

  • http://www.max-logic.com/ maxfab

    I’m a Drake fan, but sometimes the amount of love he gets in this city is a bit sickening to me. Not that it’s undeserved, but it’s just a little wack to me that (for the most part) this city doesn’t rep for its rappers unless they have the endorsement of the US. It’s easy to love our artists when they’re getting international acclaim and winning Grammys and shit, but how about a little bit more love for the ones who are grinding it out on our own turf?

    I think that has next to nothing to do with the post (which was dope by the way) but that just annoys me. I wonder how many people would be talking about how great Drake is if he was doing shows at Lee’s Palace instead of the Amphitheatre.

    • Anonymous

      I like you point fam! I think the reason that Drake gets the love is because he reps for us with no apologies, and no need for a co-sign. My problem with Toronto rappers in the past is that they almost shunned their heritage when they went south of the border. In my mind, any rapper here that reps for us fully has my support (as long as they are talented enough to earn it).

      Happy you enjoyed the read, and very well spoken argument. I enjoy the diversity of opinions rap brings just as much as the diversity evident in the artists themselves. 

      You ever listen to David Versis? That is a great local artist!

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