Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sipping Champagne Elsewhere

This, this, this and this. We're all together now. Like Wayne before him, like Kanye, like Young Jeezy and the Clipse, like Jay-Z, like Biggie, like De La Soul, like N.W.A., like Rakim, like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, this is Drake's moment. Love this album or hate it, you feel one way or the other. There is no apathy in this conversation.

This is one of those questions that arise every five years or so we cannot leave alone, that you come out for or against but most importantly make you question and define what you are for or against, what rap is about right now and what that means.

Questions like these, questions that have continually made the medium feel like a culture on the precipice of the abyss, up for grabs and in danger of self-destruction at any given moment for thirty plus years running, it's what makes Hip Hop great. Feel free to hate the album, just appreciate the debate. I'm sure it's far from the last we'll have.