Drake Shows He’s Not Too Big To Step In The Booth & Rip A Freestyle (Video)
Over the last few weeks, Drake has firmly established that not only is he the biggest MC in Hip-Hop, he is the biggest artist in the world. With the release of his Scorpion album, the Toronto rapper, singer and actor has yielded some staggering results. His first week sales number of more than 745,000 equivalent copies is the biggest such tally of the year. He is the first artist to have 1 billion streams in a week on Spotify. And, by having 7 songs simultaneously on the Billboard Top 20, Drizzy has topped records held by legends such as The Beatles and Michael Jackson. Quite simply, whether or not Drake writes his own music, he is re-writing music history.
No matter how big he might be, nor how many of his detractors say he is not “real” Hip-Hop, Drake continues to do things that real MCs do. He is not above sparring on wax against his foes, having gone toe to toe with Meek Mill, Joe Budden and Pusha-T over the years, and thrown countless subliminal shots at everyone from Kendrick Lamar and Puff Daddy to JAY-Z and Kanye West. Unlike many rappers who achieve his commercial status, Drake also is not afraid to step into the booth and peel off a freestyle. Once they’ve reached platinum status, rappers often treat freestyling like NBA players do the dunk contest. They see themselves as too big for the craft, or fear damaging their status with a poor performance. Drake falls into neither category. He recently joined UK DJ Charlie Sloth for his Fire In The Booth segment, and ripped a couple of quality verses.
Much like NYC’s Funkmaster Flex, Sloth is a hyper-animated personality who makes sure his presence is felt when he’s with his guests. After some spirited banter with Drake, and some hype man-level encouragement, he cedes the mic to the 6 God, and Drake goes to work. Drake talks slick over the course of two verses, rapping bars like “Y’all keeping the score while watching me score/ Y’all keep the awards, I’ll take the rewards/ If y’all going for fun, I’ll stay and record/ But if y’all going to war, I’m there for sure.”
Drake does not use the platform to respond to anyone or advance any specific agenda. Instead, he seems solely intent on having fun and showing the world that, at his core, he is an MC.