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’s “Playaz Club” for his guest verse on YG’s “Who 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.