Styles P: Drake Isn’t in the Same League as Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole Because of Ghostwriters
Before Drake's ghostwriting scandal in the summer of 2015, he was widely respected as a hitmaking rapper and a top notch lyricist. After Quentingate, Drizzy's technical skills as a rapper have been questioned, if not dismissed by rappers and fans alike. Styles P of The Lox has just joined that list.
In a recent sitdown interview on Vlad TV, Styles explained that he doesn't think Drizzy is in the same league as rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole because he's (allegedly) used ghostwriters. "I like Drake as an artist," Styles explained in the interview. His part begins at around the 3:20 mark in the video above. "Before I found out [about Drake's alleged use of ghostwriters]... I was like 'OK, Drake, Kendrick, Cole, they in the battle for it.' Once he got a writer, he's not in the battle with Cole or Kendrick in my eyes no more. He's now with Swizz, Diddy and Kanye. There's nothing wrong with that. If that's what you do, that's what you do."
The rest of the Lox shared Styles P's sentiments, and though we haven't heard Eminem touch on it, we're pretty sure the Detroit MC feels the same way. A few years ago Em' put together a sort of test to find out whether or not Kendrick Lamar used a ghostwriter. Ed Sheeran told the story during a recent interview.
“Eminem heard that Kendrick Lamar was the best rapper and he invited him to the studio to get him on a song,” Sheeran explained in an interview on the Zach Sang Show. “He arrived and Kendrick came with all his mates and Eminem said, ‘I just want you in the studio, just you on your own and then my engineer is gonna come in and then record you doing it, but your mates aren’t allowed in.’”
Needless to say, K. Dot passed the test. Unfortunately, Drizzy apparently hasn't, at least in The Lox's eyes.
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