In an interview with Jordan Rose of Complex, Jim Jones discusses his new project ‘Back In My Prime’ produced by Hitmaka, his collaboration with the late Takeoff, the drill scene in New York, his 2008 Complex cover, and his legacy across multiple eras. However, the conversation steers towards Drake and his impact on the Hip Hop scene.
Jones acknowledges that although there are many pioneers who have contributed to the genre, Drake is the greatest rapper of all time. He attributes this to the artist’s continued relevance and ability to produce hit after hit, with each song going multiple platinum. Jones acknowledges that other artists have achieved similar success, but Drake stands out due to his versatility in all areas of music. According to Jones, Drake is the real-life Bruce Wayne, and he admires his ability to move around the music industry with such ease.
COMPARES DRAKE TO JAY-Z
Jones goes on to compare Drake to JAY-Z, stating that although JAY-Z is one of the greatest rappers of all time, he is no longer a strong force in the Hip Hop scene. Jones believes that Drake has taken over this space and is still going strong to this day, with no signs of slowing down. Although JAY-Z has had a tremendous impact on the industry, his time has come and gone, whereas Drake’s influence is still growing.
Jones also notes that in today’s world, it is easy to forget about the contributions of previous eras. While Jones acknowledges the achievements of those who came before him, he believes that it is essential to acknowledge those who are currently dominating the industry.
Finally, Jones points out Drake’s numerous achievements on the Billboard charts, including 11 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the most Top 10 singles (67), the most charted songs (293), the most simultaneously charted songs in one week (27), the most Hot 100 debuts in one week (22), and the most continuous time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks).
Jim Jones says Drake is the greatest rapper of all time 👀 pic.twitter.com/KIMRNtP27g
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) March 10, 2023
Check out reactions below to Jim Jones statement about the Canadian hip hop icon.
how is he the greatest of this generation when he got ghostwriters??
— Job tm (@Framagenius) March 11, 2023
A great rapper will be able to both tell a story, and weave metaphors and other literary devices within their performance and be able to cater to different audiences. Drake is not in the top 20. 2/2
— Stanisland Magazine (@stanislandmag) March 11, 2023
Exactly. People are just being prisoners of the moment. Someone has to come along that makes people remember what a great rapper is but the labels will always push the dumbed down distractions
— vantum.eth (@vantumnoir) March 11, 2023