Mr. Vegas Calls Drake “Fake” for Sampling Reggae Artists Without Credit
Even though Drake's latest album Views is still dominating streaming and sales charts, one of his fellow artists is taking offense to Drizzy using dancehall records on the album without giving credit where it's due.
Mr. Vegas, one of dancehall's most popular acts, vented his frustration with the Canadian rapper on Facebook on Monday (May 16).
"Why did Drake link Beenie Man to on sing back that record if that's the one he wanted? Or why let Beenie Man do something new?" asks Vegas. "So then I'm listening to the record further and at the end of the record when the record done, you can hear the record fin, Beenie Man doing the outro. So I'm like, Drake is rampaning my artists! You using my artists as intro men!"
Vegas is referring to Beenie Man's blatant "Tear Off Mi Garment" sample throughout "Controlla" that he feels the 6ix God didn't take full advantage of. Vegas then refers to another reggae-sampled chune on Views – "Too Good," which features Rihanna and Popcaan.
"I'm listening to the record like, Where's Poppy? So me say fast forward and at the end of the record again is another sample and the sample is from Popcaan. An old Popcaan record!"
What Vegas found especially troubling with Drizzy's reggae sampling on Views was that no reggae artist sampled got credit. "Does the real Drake really love dancehall or is he just fake and because dancehall is right now the hottest genre, he use 40 or 50 percent dancehall on his album because he realizes that this is the hot thing right now?"
Drizzy's use of reggae has been years in the making. Listeners can pinpoint a couple dancehall samples on his 2015 tape If You're Reading This It's Too Late and it's definitely been paying off. Drake secured the first Billboard No. 1 single of his career with "One Dance" featuring Nigerian artist Wizkid and Filipino R&B star Kyla.
XXL caught up with Popcaan back in 2015 after Drizzy used a sample of his on the popular IYRTITL cut "Know Yourself."
"Drake was digging my music and in 2012 he invited me to OVO Fest and from then we just kept the communication. Then we did 6 in the 876, a small documentary. We recorded and partied in it, and Drake just used some of that audio from that video and put it on the mixtape."
Although some reggae artists are cited in the Views production credits, this is not the first time Drake has been called out for jacking a sound. In October of 2015, Earl Sweatshirt called Drake a culture vulture for posting Kodak Black's "SKRT" on his Instagram without credit. Check out Mr. Vegas' full rant up top to see whose side you fall on.
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