Is it Lil’ Wayne?
At New York’s Hot 97 Summer Jam this past June Drake name-checked the other greatest rapper alive and Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.
“How many of y’all miss the greatest rapper alive right now, man…? You know I talk to Wayne every day?” He also gives a nod to Wayne in the thank you’s of his debut album, writing, “To Lil Wayne: Thanks for risking your credibility in order to put forth something so different. You are my idol, my mentor, and my friend I am by your side forever.”
Is it Phonte?
Drake has gone on record many times saying that Phonte of Little Brother is one of the greatest rappers, most recently in a video interview with Nardwuar. When presented with a vinyl copy of Little Brother’s “The Way You Do it”/”The Get Up,” he said “To say I’m a Little Brother fan would be an understatement. To say I’m a 9th Wonder fan would be an extreme understatement. And to say Phonte is a good rapper would be offensive to me because he’s probably one of the best rappers of all time in my opinion.”