YMCB rap-singer Drake boldly and proudly named himself as the first successful rap artist to intertwine singing and rapping in an interview with The Jewish Chronicle, as reported by Hip Hop DX (via thejc.com). Although he doesn’t claim to be the progenitor of the style, he asserts his pivotal role by stating, ”There were people who incorporated melody before me,” he said, “but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.”
In addition, he added by saying his success wasn’t due to any faux persona: ”Yes, there are aspects of it that are new in the rap world. But it’s not a gimmick. I just sort of exist and people embrace it. I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day. It doesn’t take me six hours to get ready and I don’t have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like this. I just have to be me. That’s one of the favourite parts of my life – I’ve done this purely by being myself.”
To read the complete interview visit thejc.com.