Drake’s particular brand of musical singing and rapping has been known to spark ridicule and defamation. However, Ja Rule points out some interesting facts about his past. “Rule, Baby!”
Younger generations might think that Drake was the first to introduce “singing rap,” but there were predecessors in the game. Ja Rule is one of those musical personalities. Although Drake’s songs sound exponentially better by comparison, Ja Rule was one of the pioneers of the concept.
During a Fader interview, Drake once mentioned that his father once suggested “singing rap” as a method of “shocking the world” in the music industry. However, Ja Rule says that he didn’t do it for popularity or any methodical reason.
Via his interview with Vlad TV, Rule mentioned that his particular style was just the way he felt those particular songs should’ve been composed. Essentially, Ja Rule states, “Why pay for someone else to sing on the track, if I could do it myself?” And, according to the Drake predecessor, he sounded “f**king good” doing it.
You can view Rule’s interview in the video below.
[Disclaimer: This video contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.]
Drake’s music style is a popular trend in current urban crossover. From Bryson Tiller and Tory Lanez to Kirko Bangz and Travi$ Scott, Drake has influenced a movement in urban music to express via unfavorable outlets — unfavorable by “urban” enthusiasts anyway. Concerning Drake, many feel that a rapper who sings and raps is degrading to the musical culture of hip hop.
However, people tend to pick and choose. Because, although many don’t like when they hear Drake songs, in the same light, J. Cole can be called “innovative” for a similar type of music style.
Regardless of the perceived dislike, it’s apparently popular — given Drake’s fame and notoriety, as well as Ja Rule’s, 50 Cent’s, and Nelly’s. In the interview, Rule painted a picture of its popularity during his musical reign at Murder, Inc.
“You know, it was popularized then. Like when I was doing it, it got popularized…I sold a gang of records doing it. Nelly sold a gang of records doing it,” said Drake’s predecessor. He continued as follows.
“So, I’m credited with being the first guy to make that ‘my style’ or whatever…I wouldn’t look at it as me being ahead of my time or anything like that, because people loved it when I did it.”
While Drake’s music is known for its catchy influence, Drizzy’s style is still vastly different than the comparison Rule attempted to make. Although he did sing and rap, similar to the advice Drake’s father mentioned, Rule’s version of singing may not have been categorized as “singing” but more of “elongating words in melodic pitch.”
Drake’s predecessor stated something similar during his interview as well. “I was just in there making records,” mentions Rule.
“Enjoying what I was doing. You know? The sh*t called for a ‘melodic’ type of flow on it or whatever, or I felt like this record needed a singer on the hook…I would do those parts. And as I did those parts, I realized, I sound f**king good on those parts.”
While he’s totally confident in his singing ability, Drake didn’t feel the same about the music concept as his predecessor. Once Drake’s father told him to sing and rap, he thought his dad was kidding. Likewise, he thought it was “the worse idea ever,” as Drake mentioned in his Fader interview. However, it turned out to be the “best he ever had.”
Since then, “nothing was the same,” right? Now, Drake’s songs and albums have the ability to become the urban world’s greatest anticipations. Just look at Drake’s Views from the 6 album.
Drizzy Drake has been delaying this particular album for over a year, while maintaining incremental stimulation around the music world. A few days ago, he made a “home stretch” announcement via Instagram, and it set the album buzz ablaze once again. Supposedly, Drake’s “Views” is set to release in April 2016. Cross your fingers.
All in all, what do you think about Drake’s predecessor, Ja Rule? Do you feel like his singing vocals were “f**king good,” as he stated? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
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