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Rappers Are Singers Now. Thank Drake.
He fundamentally rewrote the rules of entry for what it meant to be a rapper in the 2010s. And it seems everyone followed. At the end of 2009, the most popular song in the country was "Empire State of Mind," the hoary, inflated, thudding collaboration between Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

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Drake's Rebuilding Of Rap

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 200...

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Changing The Music World

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 render...

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Global Music Star

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 reb...

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