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Drake & Lauryn Hill Bridge The Generation Gap | #OldSchoolSaturday

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Drake surprised fans on June 17th with a new album entitled “Honestly, Nevermind”, but Worldwide Entertainment TV takes a look at how Drake bridged the generation gap with 90s hip hop and modern day music. This week’s #OldSchoolSaturday analyzes the history of the sample of Drake’s nice for what single that was a remix of Lauryn Hill’s classic “Ex Factor.”

DRAKE AND LAURYN HILL RAPPER & SINGER COMPARISONS

Drake is the modern day singer and rapper that transcends the world of hip hop, but before Drake was The Fugees icon Lauryn Hill. Do you consider Nice for what a classic of a classic?

The new generation of hip hop fans saw what a true listener of its history could do when he mixes new school with old school. Lauryn Hill who is proclaimed by man to be the G.O.A.T. of female rappers in 1998 released one of the greatest albums ever with “MisEducation of Lauryn Hill”.

The song was about her relationship with her group member Wyclef Jean of the popular Fugees in the 1990’s. At the time the two kept their affairs so quiet that the other member in the group Pras had no idea about it.

FLIPPING EX-FACTOR UPSIDE DOWN

Drake in 2018 has flipped the song to reverse the pain felt by L Boogie on the classic. Drizzy made the song into a women empowerment song with lyrics that are in contrast to the emotional outcry on Hill’s “Ex-factor.”

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: Lauryn Hill (L) and Wyclef Jean of the Haitian-American music group “Fugees” perform for Haitian orphans 10 April in the La Saline area of Port-au-Prince. The “Fugees” are in Haiti to perform in two concerts to benefit Haitians refugees. AFP PHOTO/THONY BELIZAIRE (Photo credit should read THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP via Getty Images)

Drake enlisted a heavy ensemble of women for the music video included in order Olivia Wilde, Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, Jordan Dunn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Yara Shahidi, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth and Victoria Lejohnharta, Letitia Wright, Bria Vinaite, Emma Roberts, Syd, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Ironically the roots of Lauryn Hill’s Ex Factor came out from another heartbreak song by legendary Barbara Streisand with the hit “The Way We Were” that came out in 1973.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS AND WU-TANG CLAN ORIGINAL SAMPLERS

The song was covered by another woman in 1974. The incomparable Gladys Knight and The Pips also had their own rendition of the Barbara Streisand classic. It was from this version that the legendary Wu Tang Clan introduced the song to a new audience of hip hop in the 1990’s with “Can It All Be Simple”.

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Now wouldn’t be historic if Drake could have a remix with all of these artists who contributed to this song in some way shape or form? A dream scenario for sure, but who would have thought we would hear a new Michael Jackson song on a Drake album in 2018?

Can It All Be So Simple? We hope so for the music industry! It is clear Drake had a lot of history of music with his father being an old school enthusiast in the game too.

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