The Hip-Hop world buzzed recently when Mos Def, also known as Yasiin Bey, made some eyebrow-raising comments about Drake’s music.
Mos Def fried online for suggesting ‘Drake is Pop’
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During an interview on The Cutting Room Floor podcast, Def was asked if he considered Drake‘s music to be Hip-Hop.
His response? “Drake is pop to me,” he said, explaining that it feels like Drake’s music is more compatible with a shopping experience, perhaps “shopping with an edge.”
This candid remark stirred up quite the conversation online, with fans and critics alike chiming in.
While some agreed with Mos Def, others defended Drake’s impact on hip-hop.
One fan commented, “Saying Drake is not HipHop is wild,” while another suggested that Drake might use this as a witty intro in his next single.
Drake, known for his sharp and often humorous comebacks, hasn’t officially responded to Mos Def’s comments.
However, the internet is abuzz with speculation about what the Hotline Bling rapper might say.
Some fans even offered their own versions of potential Drake responses, with one saying,
“You Mos…def-inte-ly shouldn’t be steppin to me, my music for shoppin I just might take ya girl on a spree.”
Mos Def’s comments and the subsequent reactions are yet another testament to the ever-evolving debate about the boundaries and definitions within the genre of Hip-Hop.
Drake, who has been on a hiatus from music since releasing, Scary Hours 3, his deluxe to For All The Dogs, which, by the way, contained five additional songs strictly curated for his rap following, is no stranger to such discussions.
His music, often a blend of rap, R&B, and pop elements, has long defied strict genre categorisation.
As for Drake’s career accolades, they are as diverse as his musical style.
Since his breakout mixtape So Far Gone in 2009, Drake has been a dominant force in the music industry.
He has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album for Take Care and has broken numerous Billboard records.
His album Views spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, and he has had more songs in the Billboard Hot 100 than any other artist in the chart’s history.
Yet, bizarrely, the genre’s stalwarts still refuse to accept his place in history as one of its greats.