by Emmanuel Louis-Charles
Well this is interesting. After collecting info from my various sources and listening to the live song Drake previewed, I would say he isn’t copying the flow directly but he was clearly inspired by X’s rising profile and massive amount of Internet fame. The vocal inflections he uses to make his voice wispy and small are just like how X’s are in the first verse of Look At Me. Too many people use triplet flow variations to say that Look At Me is the one song that made Drake do this. But, if you pay attention to Drake’s career he has been proven as the ultimate hypebeast, and king of wave riding. He is an internet rap nerd and keeps his ear to the streets. At the very least has people that come report to him what’s hot on the web. How else would he have known about Migos, Makonnen, PND, The Weeknd, as well as multiple other big names at times when they were still local stars?
And being that X is probably one of biggest internet stars right now it makes perfect sense that with his impending release from prison Drake hopped on the bandwagon. Honestly I can’t even be mad at him for biting anymore because no one besides me cares enough. This is actually just dope because this conversation is going to expose so many people to my guy X, and that is all I want. Listen to an audio comparison of the two songs below.