Glasses Malone recently shared his unique perspective on Drake’s position in the world of hip-hop, sparking a conversation about the boundaries of the genre and artists’ connections to its roots. The West Coast rapper made an intriguing comparison between Drake and Madonna, implying that Drake may not truly represent hip-hop culture.
During a recent appearance on the Holdin’ Court podcast, Glasses Malone delved into his views on Drake’s affiliation with hip hop. He started by drawing a parallel between Drake and Madonna, not in a positive light, suggesting that both artists might share certain traits.
“Why is it crazy that I’m telling you that Drake is Madonna, as a musician? So if you’re not from street urban culture, you’re not a Hip Hop artist.”
However, the podcast’s host, Big Court, challenged Malone’s perspective, pointing out that there are hip-hop artists who come from suburban backgrounds. Glasses Malone, in response, argued that such artists are not truly hip-hop because they do not hail from street or working-class backgrounds. He cited Eminem as an example of a legitimate hip-hop artist due to his roots in a less privileged community.
As the interview continued, Glasses Malone reiterated his stance on Drake, emphasizing that the “Best I Ever Had” rapper’s upbringing in a middle-class and Jewish community might separate him from the core hip-hop culture.
In his view, Drake appropriates sounds and ideas without being a genuine part of the culture, highlighting that simply being Black does not automatically equate to being connected to hip hop’s roots.
Glasses Malone’s viewpoint invites a discussion about the boundaries of hip-hop and how artists’ backgrounds and influences shape their place within the genre. While opinions may differ on this matter, it’s clear that the conversation around Drake’s role in hip-hop will continue to evolve as the genre itself continues to change and diversify.