Canadian rapper Drake recently dropped his long-awaited album VIEWS, and within a week the “Controlla” crooner achieved his customary feat of being certified platinum.
Drake stated the infamous ‘Free Worl Boss’ chant, labeling Vybz Kartel as “one of my biggest inspirations” and praising his impact on the culture and music in Jamaica.
“Free Up World Boss,” Drake said during the interview.
“Vybz Kartel is one of my biggest inspirations, one of my favorite artists,” Drake added.
“You want to talk about a guy coming out of a place that has their own thing, their own culture and absolutely taking over, becoming the one person to idolize. I been to Jamaica when the Gully Gaza thing was going on, was there before, was there after and no matter what, people are always holding up Vybz as an icon. Big up Vybz, man. He’s definitely an inspiration to myself and Partynextdoor,” Drake explained.
Canadian rapper Drake labeled Vybz Kartel as one of his biggest inspirations and praised the "Worl Boss" deejay for his impact on Dancehall music in Jamaica.
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Drake also discussed almost getting arrested with Mavado.
“Yeah, kind of. I almost did get arrested because in Jamaica, at a stage show, the way police monitors shows is that they don’t try to incite the crowd so they don’t like you to swear and obviously, my first thing, I was just excited to be in Jamaica so I started cussing up a storm and they were about to arrest me but luckily, I think Beenie Man and a bunch of people were there, they just kinda tried to explain to the police that I didn’t understand. Big up to all the guys that were there that night ’cause they saved my life. That was a wild night. Mavado came and picked me up in a caravan of cars with somebody — I won’t say her name but I was with somebody that night and it was our first time ever going out together and needless to say, she did not stick around. She definitely left and never spoke to me again,” Drake said.
He also talked about his love for Dancehall music.
“I am into any dancehall, any reggae, conscious, whatever, it doesn’t matter I’ll listen to anything. I feel like the writing, the melodies and the layering of the music in the genre is incredible,” he explained.
Drake paid homage to the genre on VIEWS by sampling Dancehall heavyweights Beenie man, Popcaan and Serani. He has never hidden the fact that he is a big fan of Jamaican culture, more specifically Dancehall music.