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Depending on what side of the coin you land on Drake can either be a generation’s misunderstood genius or a clueless meatball born with a silver spoon in his ass. You can’t mention him without drawing a reaction – good, bad or indifferent, doesn’t matter. He’s a polarizing figure that for better or worse is here to stay.

In a recent revelation Drake found himself at the heart of a mild controversy when he lifted lines from Rappin’ 4 Tay’sPlayaz Club” for his guest verse on YG’sWho Do You Love?” The original line goes like so: [LISTEN]

I got a ho named Reel-to-Reel

She got a buddy named SP 12, now you know the deal

We gets freaky in the studio late night

That’s why the beats that you hear are coming real tight

While Drake mimics it with: [LISTEN]

I got a shorty name Texas Syn

She got a buddy named Young JB and now you know the deal

We turnt up in the studio late night

That’s why the songs that you hear are comin’ real tight

A pretty obvious rip, but one that didn’t come without a hefty price tag. Instead of dodging the controversy Drake’s label simply threw a wad of cash at Rappin’ 4 Tay to the tune of 100 g’s.

Hater’s will hate, but “borrowing” happens all the time. Like with RZA and Syl Johnson and Dre and David Axelrod before him, it’s just how an artist owns up to it that makes the difference. And for once Drake did the classy thing, making Rappin’ 4 Tay a very happy man in the process.