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Rappers Are Singers Now. Thank Drake.

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Drake's Rebuilding Of Rap

Drake, the rapper-singer, single-handed changed the rules of what it meant to be a rapper. 

Before Drake, rapping was about narrative and singing about pathos, joy, or sensuality. In 2009, Drake exploded that notion, blending rap and singing into a fluid, hip-hop tone, making his pleasant a...

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Melodic rapping had been experimented by Kanye West and Lil Wayne before Drake, but the graceful, natural blending of rap+singing along with syrupy hooks was effortless and yet powerful when rendered by Drake. His song ‘Hotline Bling’ had no rapping whatsoever, and yet won the ‘Best Rap Song’ ...

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Drake's insistence on collaborating with promising young rappers acted as a shield, supporting and distracting them at the same time.

It is almost surreal how casually and effectively he rebuilt hip-hop, gaining global popularity due to the right timing, as his rise coincided with the stre...

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