When you are talking about the new generation of rappers who are currently at the top of their game, there are quite a few to choose from. Names like A$AP Rocky, J.Cole, Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean are emcees that definitely deserve to be put on that master list. However, even these megastars fade in comparison to the biggest star in rap at this very moment: the Toronto native Drake. His star power is shining really bright right now, and it seems that he’s the one who sets the trends that everyone else follows. In the following article, we list 10 of the reasons why everyone pays attention and copies. Check it out below:
10 Drake is the undisputed top-selling rapper right now
There is no doubt about it, when Drake drops a new album, people drop money and support him with their hard-earned dollars. That’s what happened earlier this February when without warning, he dropped a new album titled If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. He didn’t do any marketing or heavy promotional tours and he still managed to sell almost 500,000 copies in just about 3 days. Now that’s some real star power and when he drops his official new LP Views From The 6, he will probably notch some really breathtaking sales numbers!
9 Kanye West calls Drake the hottest rapper
When we are talking about trending topics and lightning rods of culture in today’s zeitgeist, you definitely have to mention Kanye West. Even though most of his antics can be considered arrogant, petulant and pompous, there’s really no avoiding that he is one the best rappers and musicians around. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe of BBC, Kanye went out of his way to call Drake the hottest rapper right now. For a kid from Toronto, that’s huge praise indeed.
8 Even Drake’s enemies respect his talent
Even though he has so much love in the rap game with the fans and his peers, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any enemies. Over his career, he has had beefs with other rappers like Common, Pusha T, Tyga and even Chris Brown. However when one of his most outspoken enemies Tyga was recently on The Breakfast Show talking about his hate for the Canadian rapper, he still managed to say that Drake is very skilled at making great rap songs. To get praise like that from someone who hates your guts, it definitely proves that his studio skills are quite supreme.
7 Drake made being both a rapper & singer cool
When Drake released his first major mixtape, So Far Gone in 2009, people didn’t quite know what to make of him. The album featured the monster hit “Best I Ever Had” and the video for that single was directed by Kanye West. What surprised fans the most on that album was how he was singing just as much as he was rapping all over the album. Some thought it was corny that he was trying to be a rapper and R&B singer at the same time. But he stuck to his guns and that formula has led him to become one of the elite rappers in the industry.
6 Drake’s influence surpasses rap music
Due to his amazing success in music, Drake’s influence has truly surpassed the world of music. He is a major ambassador for the Toronto Raptors NBA team, he has done collaborations with the global Nike Jordan brand, he has appeared in Hollywood movies, and the list goes on and on. Drake truly happens to be one of those multi-talented stars with limitless potential; and that’s one of the biggest reasons why rappers copy what he does.
5 Drake is loaded with a net worth of $60 million
At this point, Drake is no longer a rapper who is minimally rich – he is full-blown loaded. He has a net worth of $60 million dollars and his stock continues to rise. He has his own label – OVO Records, and he has already signed talented artists like ILOVEMAKONNEN and PARTYNEXTDOOR. He also holds a yearly concert in Toronto called OVO Fest which draws huge stars like Kanye, Rick Ross, Outkast and more. Drake can currently greenlight his own projects and that’s what makes him a true Boss in the world of Hip-Hop.
4 Even Charlemagne from The Breakfast Club respects Drake’s music
One of the gatekeepers of the hip-hop world currently is Charlemagne Tha God. He isn’t even a rapper, he is more like the Howard Stern of the Hip-Hop world. Charlemagne is the guy who asks the tough question and he doesn’t ever mince his words about the artists he likes and hates in the vast world of rap. When it comes to Drake, Charlemagne has made his feelings known on several occasions. He has stated that he thinks Drake’s character and person are borderline corny, but he always gives him great praise about the music he creates. Coming from a brash, no-nonsense character like Charlemagne, that’s very high praise indeed.
3 Even Drake’s freestyle songs are always trending topics
Even when Drake releases a loosie freestyle that isn’t connected to any album or major release, the internet and blogosphere still goes crazy. That’s what happened when he released the song “Draft Day” in 2014 and namedropped the rookie NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel. It became an instant trending topic. The same thing also happened when he put out the track “0-100.” Rappers all over the world jumped on the instrumental and added their own verses to the beat. This song was also the cause of the scuffle that Drake had with Diddy in Miami during Art Basel last year.
2 Even Madonna has love for Drake
Even at the age of 56, Madonna is not slowing down at all. It’s no surprise really that she is one of the most popular singers of all time. She has recently been working with Kanye West on her newest album, and she also recently professed her respect for Drake. On Drake’s latest album, he had a song called “Madonna” and this is what the global pop star said about it. “I’ve heard the whole mixtape and “Madonna” is the best,” she said. “Ask other people. I’m not the only who thinks that,” she added. She also revealed that she would be working with Drake in the near future.
1 Drake is most likely the successor to Lil Wayne
Between the years of 2004 and 2007, Lil Wayne was really establishing himself as one of top artists to be reckoned with in the Hip-Hop genre. This was the period during which he dropped the albums The Carter and The Carter II. Little did he know that he would end up becoming the mentor of the next heir to the throne of rap, Drake. It’s quite amazing that Wayne’s label YMCMB has so much talent: Nicki Minaj, Tyga etc. But when you talk about who is most likely to be Wayne’s true successor, Drake is looking more and more like the likely candidate.