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Drake Says Kendrick Lamar Put Out The Last Great Concept Album


(AllHipHop News) During a recent interview with Vibe, Drake spoke on several topics that did not run in the publication’s official cover story. One of those discussions centered around whether the Young Money performer would ever do a concept album. In his answer, Drake gave props to one of his peers but also states his brand of music is realistic, not conceptual.

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It would be tough for me to go in conceptual storytelling. The last great concept album was [Kendrick Lamar’s] good kid m.A.A.d city—still obviously true to his life but very conceptual. Very specific stories that need to be told. I always say hats off to that album, that album’s incredible, what an undertaking. For me, I would never want to be restricted to that. But it depends on what you’d call a concept album. Would you call [Jay Z’s] American Gangster a concept album? If it is, then yeah, I guess. All he did was just make crack songs. I feel like I just made a concept album about a kid from Toronto that’s on. I’m not good at telling fictional stories, so I would never be able to do that. There are rappers that are good at telling stories about people that aren’t themselves. There are people that have vast imaginations to go and make up a story just to achieve a point. I draw off life experiences.

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Drake and Kendrick have been entangled in a friendly war of words over the last several months that began when K. Dot challenged his contemporaries in his “Control” verse. Drake later responded in interviews and many speculated that his own verse on Future’s “Sh!t (Remix)” was a subliminal shot back at the Black Hippy member.

Both Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Drake’s Nothing Was The Same will vie for the “Rap Album Of The Year” Grammy award next month. They will also be competing against Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, Kanye West’s Yeezus, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist.

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  • Black Jay

    Oh… Now that Kendrick’s album is up for Album Of The Year at the Grammys, now Drake is giving kudos. Before it was “nobody will ever want to work with him again”. Drake-The-Coffee-Cake is soft. I’m so sick of this dude. He ain’t a real MC. Singing lullibies, running from Common, and now afraid to man up with Kendrick. This dude needs to disappear.

    • U.P.T.nw4eva

      The soft niggas need a hero too. Talib said one day Drake will be up there with Pac. I say bullshit! Only one Pac and if Pac was alive he would have dissed Drake!

      • Black Jay

        Co-sign to the fullest!

      • Weedras

        Pac’s dead you can’t speak for someone you never knew personally and even if you did there’s a thing called maturity.. now i bet you never saw it coming that Talib would say shit like that but he did…

      • Sean Taylor

        Nigga pac would’ve been dancing at one of drakes shows. Stop kidding yourself.

    • Weedras

      ya’ll always taking up rapper’s issues on ya’ll heads and even when they’ve moved past it many of ya’ll are still seething… the friendly exchange of words between the two means they can’t still compliment there craft? lol! smh.. now if dude ha said f**k kendrick’s album then ya’ll would bitch about him being a ‘soft ass’ hater lol!

      • Black Jay

        Moved past it?! Who are you fooling? This is politics at it’s best. Drake is doing this for The Grammy’s benefit and to polish his image. How many interviews did Drake-The-Coffee-Cake give in which he was clearly emotional about the situation? A million! And now all because he gave this one interview he’s moved past it? Let me tell you something. Politics is played like that. Saying fake shit to the public and saying slick shit behind closed doors.

        I’ll give him credit though. He’s a good politician. He knows the difference between beefing with someone that rarely sees significant Billboard presence and beefing with a Platinum artist who’s up for ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Drake-The-Coffee-Cake. The softest nigga on earth.

  • Shout out to the great story tellers of Hip-Hop! Slick Rick, Biggie, Nas & Outkast are a few of my favorites. While Drake is pretty exceptional at what he does, it takes a special breed to be able to tell a story in their lyrics

    • Lil B’s 13th Disciple

      How is biggie a great story teller in comparison to those names you put up there, Nas is probably the best storyteller in hiphop of all time.

      • You notice how i put “a few of MY favorites”? He’s a great story teller, TO ME, because he told entertaining stories. Life After Death had more than a few. And since we’re on the subject of giving opinions, I’d have to give it to Slick Rick as GOAT story teller. Just me though

      • Black Jay

        Co-sign…. Slick Rick is the greatest story teller.

      • johnblacksad

        How is Big not a great story teller? WARNING, SOMEBODY GOTTA DIE, and matter of fact, he got one called I GOT A STORY TO TELL, don’t forget Nasty Boy etc.

    • U.P.T.nw4eva

      You forgot Scarface, Will Smith, MC Lyte and Ice Cube.

      • You know what you DAMN right!! Ice Cube is actually my favorite rapper,I get so use to saying that that I forget to put him on my list sometimes. Everyone you mentioned is a good addition to that list

      • johnblacksad

        Face mos def got great stories…

      • GQ

        Don’t forget Bun B

    • johnblacksad

      I’d personally add Big L, Spice 1, G.Rap, Chef Rae…

      • yahoodikilla

        dont forget seagram

      • Eli Pinilla

        Ghostface!!!!!

      • Lil B’s 13th Disciple

        You need to add miley cyrus and macklemore too, smh don’t overlook them.

    • Belizeboy Thatruth

      ice cube is one of best story tellers

  • RIV

    Yea… the great writers are the one who can do both… Make up ish, and mix it with the real life stuff they’ve experienced. A great example is when Jay made “You Must Love Me” 50% of that record is fictional…. the other half is real life…..

    Stream or download my new music project – a well put together hip hop project. Search “RIV Progression” on DatPiff & it will pop up…

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      drake bags me up with this whole i cant do fictional lol … you can tell the truth but you cant do fictional lol ok, explain that again cause i feel like your being fictional now for the sake of trying to make it seem like your different ….

      • RIV

        If this is true that he can mix both…he is extremely limited…. in what he can talk about

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    kendrick and drake def got dope albums but im pretty sure macklemoore is going to run off with that trophy ….

    • Weedras

      he’s bullshitting, because some of his songs are concepts.. he may have never had a concept album but he should admit some of his works have been concepts mixed with real events..

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  • Obi Won

    Drake isn’t a rapper so it makes sense that he can’t grasp the concept of rapping a nice story.
    The greats have done it and do it
    “I gave you power, I made you buck wild” –Nas

    • Weedras

      many rappers aren’t good at formulating conceptual works are they less of a rapper? i’ve seen rappers try and have failed some rappers just aint good at making shit up, or rather painting a vivid picture so we can be captivated… some rappers just thrive of what’s around them rather than to think up a whole storyline in their head.. because essentially a concept album is a musical novel… and in terms of writers some writers are good at analysis and commentary while others can write a whole adventure that has us on the edge of our seat.. its called variety..

      • Carlos Mythos Vazquez

        The answer to your first question is yes, all the greats can tell stories with their songs. Some are better than others obviously.

      • Obi Won

        I wasn’t saying Drake wasn’t a rapper b/c he can’t come up with a conceptual song or album. Drake isn’t a rapper PERIOD. Rappers rap, singers sing. Drake to me is simply a musical artist. When half your album is singing, and its up for a “Rap award” to me its bullish. As much as an Outkast fan I am, that Love Below was cool, but It shouldn’t be considered top rap album.
        Drake wont be number one with gibberish bragging and singing. Not in Hip Hop/Rap any. IMHO

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  • One Nite Stanley

    And this is AUTHENTIC from a Jewish kid from Toronto? Yeah ohhhh-kaaaay “Drizzy”

    “It bothers me when the gods get to acting like the broads
    Guess every team doesn’t come complete with niggas like ours
    That’s why I see no need to compete with niggas like y’all
    I just ask them when you see me you speak up, nigga, that’s all
    Don’t be ducking like you never wanted nothing
    It’s feeling like rap changed, there was a time it was rugged
    Back when if a nigga reached it was for the weapon
    Nowadays niggas reach just to sell they record
    Spaghetti bolognese in the Polo Lounge
    Me and my G from DC that’s how I roll around
    Might look light, but we heavy though
    You think Drake will pull some shit like that? You never know”

    • Javon Gant

      Ummm that sounds like something a rich person would say and Drake is really rich if u didnt kno it’s not really hard lines it just sounds like something a person in some sort of power would say and you can make a case Drake has some type of power

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      but dam homie you tried to dis the man and then recited his whole verse hahaha!

    • BigHomie337

      U a closet Drake fan? Sounds like it.

  • Andy

    I’m not American, so I haven’t exactly investigated how the process works. Can someone explain how GKMC and NWTS are both contenders for the 2014 Grammy? GKMC was released in October 2012. Wouldn’t it have been eligible for the 2013 awards?

    • Weedras

      i think the time of when it was released had past the cut off point for entries for the 2013 awards… i;m not sure but i think that’s the reason…

    • KadeshFlow

      If an Album drops in Quarter 4 of a year, it usually gets pushed into the next year’s consideration. Not positive why, though I could probably offer some good guesses.

      • Andy

        Thanks, so would that mean Eminem’s album wouldn’t be eligble until the 2015 awards?

  • Kevin Anthony

    Kevin Anthony-21 soundcloud .com I think in order to capture the essence of Hip Hop you have to embody originality, lyrical ability, breath control, story telling, freestyling, knowing how to connect with your audience is what makes an Mc. Anybody can “rap”

  • Crenshaw on my shirt

    Drake, u gonna make another R&B album or nah?

  • Carlos Mythos Vazquez

    Drake is not a man. He needs to be consistent with his words.

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  • Elayorx El

    Drizzy! About as tall as the CN Tower right now, and make no mistake, either he, or Macklemore are taking that Grammy home. As far as the whole concept thing, why is it a problem when a figga knows what lane they good at, and stay in it, but when a figga try and reach, that’s a problem also? Drake, you need to just stay doin what you doin fam, and never say NEVER, with anything, because you might get some epiphany for an album later on, and it might tow the line of “conceptual”. Anything is possible with greatness, and lastly, all the attention being given to what artists do off the record these days, is really extremely intrusive. Too many folks are putting way too much stock on this, and conversely, letting others off the hook in times past, for similar actions. Real figgas call it down the middle, no matter who is involved. The cons of the Internet age.

  • Blade Pipes

    So I guess that diss went over yalls head? “Fictional stories? Vast Imaginations.. He’s sneak dissing

    • Panther

      I caught that.

    • Lil B’s 13th Disciple

      “The last great concept album was [Kendrick Lamar’s] good kid m.A.A.d city—still obviously true to his life but very conceptual. Very specific stories that need to be told. I always say hats off to that album, that album’s incredible, what an undertaking.” I don’t think he was sneak dissing about that aspect, where I do think he might have been sneak dissing is when he said; “I would never want to be restricted to that” since section 80 and GKMC were both concept albums, he’s such a bitch for the amount he’s been sneak dissing k.dot though, they’ve both been doing it, but drizzy been doing it on a frequent basis.

    • datbul

      That wasn’t a diss. He was just acknowledging a different form of talent. You’re reading something into this article that isn’t even close to being there. You might have been able to make a case if this were someone other than Drake talking. Drake, the half-Jewish kid from the burbs, would never be dumb enough to insult someone from Compton about making up stories about hood life. That would be ass backwards. Kendrick’s stories were obviously a blend of fact and fiction. Drake is just acknowledging that and at the same time admitting that he would not be capable of doing the same thing nearly as well.

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  • haron

    he dissed jay-z LOL

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