Is Drake's new flow directly inspired by the South Florida rapper?
Drake premiered a new track in Amsterdam earlier today, and it wasn't long before the triplet flow he uses on the new record began to inspire debate. Quite a few Twitter users heard a resemblance between Drake's new flow and that of buzzing Florida SoundCloud rapper XXXTENTACION, though it wasn't a unanimous opinion.
Yeah, on that new track Drake is sounding a lot like xxxtentacion on "Look at Me." Might be a coincidence but the nigga got a bad history— Prince Vegeta (@Presh_Frince) January 29, 2017
Some new Drake music, a lot of people saying he stealing Xxxtentacion's style 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/KmTEUOKTGI— Rap Spotlights (@RapSpotlights) January 28, 2017
what's worse, XXXTENTACION thinking he has his own style or him thinking drake actually listens to him??— Ahmed/Sampha Stan (@big_business_) January 29, 2017
Lmfao at Drake stealing XXXtentacion flow now— GUNS & CRAYONS (@GUNSandcrayons) January 29, 2017
Drake don't want problems with X.. He reallly reallllyyyt don't want those problems @xxxtentacion— Dalton (@Calahan_23) January 29, 2017
Drake straight up stealing XXXTENTACION's flow. I. Am. Dead. Af. Aye y'all keep listening to him though https://t.co/XjaCBqGT6m— ㅤㅤㅤ (@tamalhi) January 29, 2017
every xxxtentacion fan @ drake right now pic.twitter.com/gV5ivoAbBB— 🖤🗡⚡️ (@danitasgxdf) January 29, 2017
Bro can y'all stop saying drake biting xxxtentacion flow cus if we being honest dats playboi carti flow— mae$tro (@yourlocalcoon) January 29, 2017
I gotta be the only one who isn't "mad" at Drake, this man just exposed the rest of the world to xxxtentacion I am not mad at all— dagine (@DagineDelince) January 29, 2017
XXXTENTACION, for those unfamiliar, is a rapper out of Broward County, Florida (the same hometown as Kodak Black) who has amassed a loyal SoundCloud following through his abrasively noisy take on trap. The rapper is currently in jail for allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend, according to Pigeons & Planes.
Though XXXTENTACION is behind bars, a tweet was sent from his account today acknowledging the similarities between XXX and Drake's flows. The rapper's manager is said to be in charge of his social media at this time.
@KodakBlack1k What's up with this fuck nigga Drake bruh. Jit buggin like fuck— MAKE OUT HILL - XXX (@xxxtentacion) January 29, 2017
One user points out that Drake followed XXXTENTACION earlier this month, so it seems that he is familiar with the Florida rapper's music.
Drake followed Xxxtentacion you know what that mean. Drake about to be yelling on all his tracks— #TakeOffTaskForce (@whotfislarry) January 23, 2017
On top of XXXTENTACION, Lil Uzi Vert's name has been brought up as a possible inspiration for this new Drake flow. The OVO rapper has certainly been known to borrow from up-and-coming artists -- can this latest flow be traced to a specific rapper, or is it a more generally used rhythm among the new generation?
Listen to Drake and XXXTENTACION's tracks below and decide for yourself.