Drake has always been known to hop on a the flow of the moment, but apparently that isn't sitting well with one former member of Odd Future.
On Twitter, Earl Sweatshirt voiced concern about Drake's practice of utilizing other artist's rhyme schemes and styles for his own benefit.
After playing Kodak Black's single "SKRT" on the latest episode of OVO Sound Radio on Beats1, Drizzy Instagrammed a video of himself bobbing to the beat. In response to the plug from 6 God, Earl questioned the motives of the post, tweeting:
The assertion from Earl is a valid one. Migos' "Versace" was a hot record the moment it was released, but the track didn't blow up until after Drake tried on their patented flow. While that example might be on the rosier side of his dealings with smaller acts, Drake has always asserted his penchant for collaboration and in his recent FADER cover story was quoted as saying:
“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that. Imagine that in rap, or imagine that in R&B. Imagine if we got one beat and every single person—me, this guy, this guy, all these guys—had to do a song on that one beat. So sometimes I’ll pick a beat that’s a bit, like, sunnier, I guess is the word you used, than usual, and I just try my hand at it. And that’s kind of what ‘Hotline Bling’ was. And I loved it. It’s cool. I’ve been excited by that sort of creative process.”
While this mentality seems all well and good, and musical inspiration has been the driving force behind hit records for as long as music has been recorded, I can't imagine Drake saying something like this during his come up in 2008. These are the thoughts and feelings of an artist that has reached the mountian top. Call it Drake Privelege. The 6 God, it seems, is quite happy to take your well thought out idea and reapply it in his own way. Just ask D.R.A.M.
There's no way to know what Drake's true intentions are with Kodak Black, but if his past is any indication, we'll probably hear a Drake single similar to "SKRT" in no time.
If not, we'll just have to hope for more of Earl's thoughts.