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    “His Music Is Compatible With Shopping”: Mos Def Claims Drake’s Music Is Not Real Hip-Hop

    Drake has been one of the biggest names in the hip-hop scene for more than a decade since his breakthrough mixtape ‘So Far Gone‘ dropped. After that, the artist has been dropping bangers and award-winning albums, garnering fans and followers and enjoying his status as one of the most successful rappers.

    There’s someone, though, who doesn’t agree with Drake’s success. Fellow rapper Mos Def made a controversial statement recently where he claimed that Drake’s music isn’t real hip hop.

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    Mos Def Criticizes Drake’s Music

    Mos Def and Drake
    Mos Def and Drake

    In an interview with The Cutting Room Floor, the 50-year-old rapper talked about his opinions on Drake’s music. During the interview he was asked, “Is Drake hip-hop?” To which Mos replied and said, “Why you doing this to me?”

    He then continued and said, “Drake is pop to me. In the sense, like, if I was in Target in Houston and I heard a Drake song… It feels like a lot of his music is compatible with shopping. Or, you know, shopping with an edge in certain instances.”

    He then called Drake’s music ‘likeable‘ and moved on and said, “What happens when this thing collapses? What happens when the columns start buckling? Are we not in some early stage of that, at this present hour? Are we seeing the collapse of the empire? Buying and selling, where’s the message that I can use? What’s in it for your audience apart from banging the pom-poms?”

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    Who Is Mos Def?

    Mos Def
    Mos Def

    Mos Def is a Grammy-nominated rapper and actor, who now goes by the name Yasiin Bey. He previously performed under stage names Mighty Mos Def, The Freaky Night Watchman, Boogie Man, Black Dante, and Pretty Flaco. Def started his journey with rap music with a group called Urban Thermo Dynamics in 1994. Later on, he performed as a duo with Talib Kweli in 1998 as Black Star. So far he has released four albums and has been a great influence across the rapping genre.

    With a career spanning more than two decades, Def has been a significant artist in the formation of the rap influence in recent times.

    Def’s work frequently alludes to his religious faith and his conviction that black musicians are underappreciated for their contribution to the development of rock and roll music. In the early 2000s, Mos Def made a name for himself as an actor. He particularly earned praise for his roles in ‘Monster’s Ball‘, ‘Something The Lord Made‘ on HBO, and ‘Brown Sugar‘. The rapper had his breakthrough in 2005 when he won Best Actor, Independent Movie at the Black Reel Awards for his role as Sgt. Lucas in ‘The Woodsman‘.

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