Hate Drake- He is Bad for Music
Many people feel that Drake is what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s great in R&B/Hip-Hop music today. But really, he has done more harm than good during his tenure as a pop superstar.
Let me first say I will give credit where credit is due. Dude is an icon (see my Top 10 Hip Hop Cliques list). He has done something to the game that no one before him has ever done: locked the game completely up. When I say that, I mean he is the only artist that has made his style of music the standard for an entire genre (R&B/Rap). When dudes like Master P, DMX, and 50 Cent took over the rap game, they were perennial and probably the most popular during their respective times as king. However, while popular, it was still possible for other artists with different styles of music to create and be successful; during the Drake era, this isn’t the case.
In order to be successful in today’s R&B, you gotta sound like Drake –in other words, you gotta make songs that sound like his. His songs all have the same components, which include one or all of the following:
- – Using Autotune to alter your voice (not to the TPain extent, but still used)
- – Airy trans/house style R&B beats (with no real instruments) with excessive snare lines
- – DJ vocal cut-outs and cut-ins during verses and hooks of the song
- – Excessive snare lines!
- – Hash tag punchline and punline rap flow
- – No substance; just rap about relationships, women, poppin’ bottles, and money
- – EXCESSIVE snare lines!!!!!!
He developed this style almost as a template for others to follow, and they have. Artists like Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and J. Cole, have mimicked his style nicely and gained fame in doing so. Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and Usher all have changed their styles from what made them famous and also followed suit (understandably so). Doing so, they too have found great success.
But what about artists that maintain their own style? These artists fall off and fail because they cannot survive in this day of Drake. Artists like Tank, Jaheim, Jill Scott, and Nas all have had albums out recently that don’t follow this style and have not had much popularity or success because of this currently tainted era of music. Young Money, on the other hand, succeeds greatly.
It sucks cause back in the day, songs meant something; they meant much more. Songs like “Sky’s the Limit” (Notorious Smalls), “Get Involved” (Raphael Saddiq), and “Try Again” (Aaliyah) were very popular joints that had a positive message and had much substance. Songs like “Heaven Got a Ghetto” (Tupac), “Days of Our Livez (Bone Thugs), and “Luxury Brown” (Mint Condition) spoke to the Black experience and were inspirational in many regard. Drake era songs talk about the same things: money, relationships, and bottles.
What makes the Drake era so bad is not that he makes this music; its that you can only make HIS style to be on top of the billboard. Back in the day (as early as 2007), different styles within R&B and hip-hop coexisted and all had the ability to popular. Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes could be eccentric in their videos and be popular and Lauryn Hill can drop something classy with rhythm and substance and be equally popular. Music was just better from top to bottom.
Great songs can no longer be successful which is why Drake has killed the Rap/R&B industry as we know it. I’m starting to think the last great R&B left is the group The Foreign Exchange. Sadly, those reading this may not even know who they are, all because of Drake.