I don’t know what it is about music but instead of downloading new music and deciding for ourselves if we like it or not, we feel the need to have a reference point. A friend of mine said that they might download B.o.B’s mixtape because he sounds like Andre 3000. In that case I guess the comparison worked to B.o.B.’s advantage but why was that necessary? Comparisons are nothing new. Lil Kim was known as the female Biggie. More recently Nicki Minaj has been called the female Lil Wayne. Comparisons are natural. But those two people I mentioned were directly related. Biggie cosigned Kim, Wayne cosigned Nicki. The comparisons were bound to come.
Then you have people like Drake and J. Cole. I suppose I understand the comparison. They both seemingly came out of nowhere but in reality people who say things like “they came out of nowhere” just weren’t paying attention. Drake had mixtapes. J. Cole had mixtapes. They worked hard to get where they are so the “came out of nowhere” comments are kind of offensive to their work ethic. But as I was saying, they’re both new and both received huge cosigns. Drake receiving the Lil Wayne/Young Money cosign and J. Cole receiving the Jay-Z/Roc Nation cosign.
…and that’s pretty much where the similarities end. They have hugely different flows and incomparable subject matter. It’s not even about who is better (although I do have a preference). It’s about who you’re in the mood for. As evidenced by his success, Drake clearly is easily marketable. J. Cole has yet to achieve the same level of success that Drake has but I don’t doubt that he will.
If anybody were to be compared to Drake, it should be Big Sean. I’m sure others have drawn this comparison but Drake has a very Big Sean-ish flow. I’m not saying he stole it. I’m just sayin.
J. Cole – “Lights Please”
Drake – “Say What’s Real”
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Do you think the J. Cole/Drake comparisons are valid? Who do you prefer?