Drake’s been on a really reggae/dancehall vibe as of late. The Toronto rapper often uses Dancehall influenced rhythms in his songs and even tries to spit in Jamaican Patois. Canada is very influenced by West Indian and Caribbean culture, so it’s not a surprise. But Dancehall legend Sean Paul made it clean in a BBC Radio 1 interview that he thinks the Canadian rapper may be a culture vulture – taking from Jamaican culture in a selfish and profiteering manner.
In the interview with Metro for the Big Weekend Festival 2017, Sean Paul said,
“I think at the time when it was popping off [Drake’s hit “One Dance”], it would have been good for him to actually put accolades towards the whole culture. He’s friendly with a few people in the business in Jamaica and that’s good, I love it.
But if he had given more accolades when he was actually making it and said ‘this is the music I love,’ it would have been cool… He had an album full of Dancehall so I think he should have paid a bit of an accolade and told people in the press that is where I’m coming from, I have a love for that music.”
This isn’t the first time Drake’s come under fire for his use of Dancehall without giving proper respect. Many Dancehall fans (including us) were upset when the official version of his hit song “Controlla” came out, but without a verse from another popular Dancehall artist that was heard in the song’s original leak.
The “Deport Them” Jamaican rapper also called out Drake and Justin Bieber in a Canadian magazine for using dancehall and not understanding or crediting it.