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The Drake “Culture Vulture” Debate


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This is “The Venom” (resident WWETV blogger) and I’m here with a quick look at a topic that has been raging all week. Is Toronto artist, Drake, a culture vulture? There have been a few outlets that have delved into the topic and you can decide for yourself below which bloggers made their point!!

(VIA HipHop Madness) In the past, the strongest “culture vulture” accusations were slapped onto White executive figures such as Mark Ecko, Lyor Cohen, and Jimmy Iovine. While artists such as Vanilla Ice and Post Malone have also been accused of vulturing, it’s hard to argue any hip-hop artist has faced more intense accusations of this particular crime than Drake.

With a persona and discography influenced by Afro-Caribbeans, Londoners, American Southerners, and of course Torontonians, Drake’s globetrotting has been viewed as both boundary-pushing and predatory. In this video, we’ll examine the validity of the top claims on either side of the Drake Culture Vulture debate.

Drake recently addressed the negative reaction to his co-signs while co-hosting BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Rap Show with Tiffany Calver. The comments were responding to UK rapper Wiley’s most recent “culture vulture” allegations, but the OVO boss has long faced criticism for his history of collaborating with emerging artists and taking inspiration from a diverse array of music scenes.

To discuss whether Drake truly helps new artists and gives back to genres which have influenced his sound, Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman convened a panel with Meka Udoh, label development manager at Ingrooves Music Group and co-founder of 2DopeBoyz, Mouse Jones, host of the Clubhouse podcast and BET’s Colorways and Toe Boxes, and cultural critic Seren Sensei on the latest episode of For The Record.

So who made the strongest argument between these two videos above? Do you believe Drake to be a “culture vulture”?

The Venom wants to know!