Drake's relationship with Jay-Z has been a enigmatic jigsaw puzzle. Drake first initially spoke about Jay-Z on the track "Fear" from the 2009 Ep "So Far Gone". Drake had appeared to eulogize Jay-Z on the track. "I never cried when ‘Pac died," as Drake continues to rap on "Fear".
Don't take this the wrong way but
I never cried when Pac died
But I probably will when Hov does
And if my tears hold value,
Then I would drop one for every single thing he showed us
And I'll be standing in a puddle"
From the early part of his career, Drake seemed to have been dedicating a shrine to the spirit of Hov, unlike the rappers before him. An interesting approach to pay homage to your idols in rap.
Jay-Z even decided to bless Drake with advice about the rules of the industry Light Up.
"Drake, here's how they gon' come at you/ With silly rap feuds, trying to distract you."
As history would go on to show the relationship between Drake and Jay-Z would prove a classic example of love and hate. The two fell out over Drake speaking about the trend of art and rap, led by Jay-Z, being "corny". From there Drake and Jay-Z were exchanging subliminal bars. This spat also created the opening for a disagreement between Drake and Kanye West to take place. The two were able to patch things up during Beyonce and Jay-Z "On The Run 2" tour Detroit stop. Trouble arose again over Tidal, where Drake performance with Wayne was blurred out. From there, Jay-Z and Drake begun to feud over Kanye West not being able to do an album together due to contracts Kanye signed with Tidal. Jay-Z and Drake soon patched things up again after Jay-Z and Drake had a fallen out with Kanye West.
Drake has dropped a video to his more recent tracks "When To Say When" and "Chicago Freestyle". With the track "When To Say When" the track features the same sample used in Jay-Z "Song Cry". The video pays homage to Jay-Z's "Song Cry" video. This difference is Drake is seen for the better part of the video isolated. Unlike Jay-Z's 2002 video which was filled with Roc Fella and women partying.
Drake is also seen in front of the infamous Marcy Projects. The symbolism is enhanced by the apparel Drake chooses to wear. Blue Yankee gear, and bubble gum size earrings reminiscent of 2001-2002 Hov. Drake seems to be conjuring the creative essence of Jay-Z's "The Blueprint". In "When To Say When" Drake using the visuals as an opportunity to showcase his $6.7 million mansions.
Drake appears to foresee a world without Jay-Z, and he would like to pay homage to him while he can. Drake in a more recent interview with Elliot of Rap Radar spoke about giving "roses" to Jay-Z while he can. Industry mouthpieces such as Ebro have even asked questions such as "What does Drake have to do to pass Hov". Which becomes more of a talking point now that Drake pushing for billionaire mogul mode. In rap will we see a historic passing like Lebron did with Kobe?
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