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Opinion
By James Pavel

No rapper in hip hop embodies the quintessential modern-day word smith like Aubrey Drake Graham.

Drake is less gun play more word play.

He proves that in the modern era, one exerts more swag by wearing a well-tailored suit on the cover of GQ rather than throwing up esoteric gang signs on the cover of XXL or The Source Magazine. Drake’s upcoming album ‘Views from the 6’ is the most hyped album of the year by a titanic size. Drake’s stake with the Toronto Raptors features a role that rappers a mere 15 years ago openly fantasized about without a notion that it would one day be possible for an MC from Canada.

It is too early to deliver a verdict on ‘Views from the 6’ but the fact that it has become such a centerpiece of music conversation for such a lengthy period of time speaks to the influence that Drake controls. Yes, Kanye West’s new album has gained plenty of attention but partially because Kanye is such a desirable centre of ridicule. West admitted that 2014 was the year of Drake and not of Mr. West. The problem for ‘Ye’ is that he has yet to reclaim the throne from the Canadian MC. Jay-Z jumping on a track every time a Drake album drops places a clear stamp of approval on Drake’s Toronto forehead regardless of how differently Drizzy nay-sayers or even Kanye, may feel.

Along with Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan, Drake is the face of the Toronto Raptors. Yet as you obviously know, Drake does NOT play for the Raptors. Think about that. He has actually made a Raptor hat more famous than a Raptor can. Drake sits court side because he can afford it but mainly because he is the official ambassador of the Toronto Raptors. Sure, he slaps hands with Steph Curry and Lebron James when they are in town because who the hell wouldn’t?

Drake reigns supreme because he’s reppin’ a city that never has been repped outside of Canada. And folks, he’s not just rapping about it. He’s singing, he’s crooning and he’s dancing inside glowing fluorescent cubes without a care in the 6.

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Opinion
By James Pavel

5. Started from the Bottom

Started from middle class would be a more appropriate title but common sense screams foul play. Drake didn’t grow up a gangster or as even a low-end drug dealer. Canadians watched Drizzy as a youth playing a character on the popular television show, Degrassi High, which is often used as a source of criticism, but in reality, it demonstrates his absurd tenacity. In order to overcome such an obviously ridiculous shot at this credibility, Drizzy has had to start not from the bottom of the social status ladder, but most definitely from the bottom of the contentious hip-hop totem pole by proving that despite his sub-zero street cred, he has an immaculate flow on the same level as any of the top doggy dogs in the hip-hop world.

4. 5 am in Toronto

No catchy hook, just Drake spitting pure venom bar after bar at his most aggressive, like an overpowering fighter who keeps pushing even after the competition has submitted. He has separated himself from the pack by focusing less on violence and completely on his wordplay, making commercialized rap look as phony as the Kardashians.

3. UnderGround Kings

Rich off a mix tape. Got rich off a mix tape. Drizzy knew he was sizzling years before anybody dared to say they were down with that kid from Toronto. Drake refused to bend to trends and instead has forced the industry to pick up his bread crumbs while inhaling dust from his Young Money exhaust pipe. Drake makes gangster rap sound archaic and ignorant when juxtaposed with his suave rhyme schemes and RnB hooks. He’s rap’s total package and “UnderGround Kings” is the song that explains how we’re buffoons for not noticing this immediately.

2. Unforgettable

Young Jeezy’s hook is as smooth as fresh mountain powder, elevating a song from amber alert to red hot on the contagion metre. Most of Drake’s work hasn’t exactly been unforgettable, but judging by his sensational skill set, maybe Drake might enter the hip-hop discussion years into the future.

1. Hold On We’re Going Home

Drake isn’t a rapper nor is he an RnB singer, just like how this track isn’t pop or hip-hop. To take it a step further, Drake isn’t completely black nor is he completely white. We live in a generation of blurred lines, where nothing is a 100 per cent anything anymore. Drake is one of the most relatable characters in entertainment because like an enormous group of young listeners, he is a little bit of everything. What is actually important is that “Hold on, We’re Going Home” is one of the most sincere, yet sophisticated pop songs of the past ten years. Drake isn’t just chasing the throne of Kanye West; he’s actively seeking a seamstress for measurements.