As a musician, Drake is known to experiment with different sounds. His chart-topping album “Views” was heavily influenced by dancehall.
Now Jamaican-born artist Sean Paul wants Drizzy to acknowledge those he found inspiration from.
In a recent interview with Metro UK, Paul discussed Drake’s 2016 hit single “One Dance,” and said the song would have been better with the proper “accolades” for the sound’s origins.
“I think at the time when it was popping off, it would have been good for him [Drake] to actually put accolades towards the whole culture,” said Paul of the song’s heavy Caribbean influence.
“[Drake is] friendly with a few people in the business in Jamaica and that’s good, I love it,” he continued. “But if he had given more accolades when he was actually making it and said ‘this is the music I love,’ it would have been cool.”
Paul makes mention of Ed Sheeran’s hit “Shape of You,” but says the difference between the two hitmakers is that Drake made an entire album filled with Caribbean flair.
“Ed Sheeran has done one song that is huge and it’s dancehall reminiscent,” he explains. “But that is one song, [Drake] had an album full of dancehall, so I think he should have paid a bit of an accolade and told people in the press ‘that is where I’m coming from, I have a love for that music.’”
This isn’t the first time Sean Paul has called out Drake — and other artists — for not crediting Caribbean musicians.
Back in 2016, the “Body” artist told the UK Guardian it was a “sore point” that artists like Justin Bieber and Drake continue to use Caribbean culture in their music and not pay homage to its originators.
“A lot of people get upset, they get sour,” he said of the natives. “And I know artists back in Jamaica that don’t like Major Lazer because they think they do the same thing that Drake and Kanye did – they take and take and don’t credit.”
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Drake has been accused of being a culture vulture in the past, adopting a Houston sound when he first launched his rap career.
An op-ed published on HypeFreshMag posed the question if Drake is really “for the culture” or is he appropriating cultures as he sits atop Billboard charts.
“Drake’s adoption of cultures and dialects may seem harmless and could actually be a sincere homage to the artists and sounds that inspires him, but – whether or not he is at fault – it is disheartening that Drake is unfairly being given credit for styles and music that he has no hand in creating,” writes Marcus D. Powell.
Drake just wrapped his hugely successful tour and is reportedly working on new music.