Rapper PnB Rock might hail from Philly, the birthplace of one Meek Mill, but that doesn't mean he doesn't love him some Drake.
In a new interview with MONTREALITY, the 2017 XXL Freshman waxed poetic about Drake's influence on hip-hop, in particular, how he was able to introduce melody to modern hip-hop.
"He made it to where you can rap and sing on some real shit at the same damn time type shit," PnB Rock said.
Anyone older than 30 knows that, while Drake helped to popularize the rap-sung delivery in the modern era, he is far from a pioneer of this technique. From Biz Markie to Bone Thugs N' Harmony and André 3000 to CeeLo Green, rappers have long been singing their own hooks and seamlessly transitioning from rapping bars to hitting high notes.
PnB also credits Ja Rule for his use of melody in rap, but given that the now 25-year-old was only 16 when Drake first arrived on the scene, it isn't all that surprising that other OG rappers who can sing—like Kevie Kev, KRS-One and Queen Latifah—didn't make his short list. (Somewhere in St. Louis, though, Nelly is probably fuming.)
"I remember when I first heard it, it was like 2008. I was locked up, too—I was in placement [at] Vision Quest," PnB added. "'Best I Ever Had' came on the radio and I was like, 'Bruh, who the fuck is this nigga, bruh?' I'm like, this nigga is the most fire shit I ever heard. 'What the fuck is this?' I used to be really waitin' for the song to come back on the radio on some fiend shit. I ain't never been like that over nothing in my entire life."
This Friday, November 17, PnB Rock is set to release his debut studio album, Catch These Vibes, via Atlantic Records. Ironically, the album includes guest features by 24hrs, Lil Yachty, Russ and Wiz Khalifa, four artists who are all very well-known for employing melody in their raps.