It is no secret that Drake’s new album “Views,” which is still dominating streaming and sales charts, is heavily influenced by Dancehall music.
The Toronto rapper has never been shy about his love for the music originated in Jamaica, but a Dancehall artiste feels that he is not giving the genre enough credit.
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Mr. Vegas, one of Dancehall’s most popular acts, vented his frustration with Drake on Monday (May 16). He called Drake “fake” in a recent Facebook video rant, claiming that the Toronto rapper is appropriating their culture unfairly, and has never made a song with any of the reggae or dancehall artists that he shouts out.
“So then I’m listening to the record further and at the end of the record when the record done, you can hear the record fin, Beenie Man doing the outro. So I’m like, Drake is rampaning my artists! You using my artists as intro men!”
Vegas is referring to Beenie Man’s blatant “Tear Off Mi Garment” sample throughout “Controlla” that he feels the 6ix God didn’t take full advantage of. Vegas then refers to another reggae-sampled chune on “Views” titled “Too Good,” which features Rihanna and Popcaan.
“I’m listening to the record like, “Where’s Poppy? So me say fast forward and at the end of the record again is another sample and the sample is from Popcaan. An old Popcaan record!”
What Vegas found especially troubling with Drake’s Dancehall sampling on ‘Views’ was that no Dancehall artist sampled got credit.
“Does Drake really love dancehall or is he just fake and because dancehall is right now the hottest genre, he use 40 or 50 percent dancehall on his album because he realizes that this is the hot thing right now?” Mr. Vegas asked.
Earlier this year, a version of Drake’s “Controlla” melody featuring Popcaan surfaced. The yet-to-be-mastered version made its rounds on the Internet and left listeners vying for the finished product on Drake’s Views album. But when the tracklist appeared, it showed no signs of featuring Popcaan, and thus his verse wasn’t featured on the album.
Just like many fans who were upset that Popcaan’s presence on “Controlla” was non-existent, Mr. Vegas shared those same sentiments, in his 8-minute rant on why he thinks Drake is profiting off Dancehall or Reggae artists by not given them the proper credit.
Drake’s recent dominance on the Hot 100 charts can partially be attributed to his venturing into the native sounds of foreign regions, especially Dancehall and Afrobeat.
Drake secured the first Billboard No. 1 single of his career with “One Dance” featuring Nigerian artist Wizkid and Filipino R&B star Kyla.
He also relied heavily on those sounds on collaborations with PARTYNEXTDOOR and Rihanna. His “Work” collaboration with the latter was the #1 song in the country for nine consecutive weeks.
His use of Reggae has been years in the making. Listeners can pinpoint a couple dancehall samples on his 2015 tape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and it’s definitely been paying off.
Although some Reggae artists are cited in the ‘Views’ production credits, this is not the first time Drake has been called out for jacking a sound. In October of 2015, Earl Sweatshirt called Drake a culture vulture for posting Kodak Black’s “SKRT” on his Instagram without credit.
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