Is Drake lifting Jamaican culture and music? Â Sean Paul believes so and has blasted Drake as a â€˜culture vultureâ€™ for not crediting the genre.
In an interview with Metro at BBC Radio 1â€™s Big Weekend Festival 2017, Sean Paul has criticized Drakeâ€™s use of dancehall music.
While praising the Canadian-born rapper, Sean Paul claims that Drake hasnâ€™t done enough to praise Jamaican dancehall music. Â Specifically, he singled out the use of uncredited dancehall music in â€˜One Dance.â€™
â€œI think at the time when it was popping off, it would have been good for him to actually put accolades towards the whole culture. Â Heâ€™s friendly with a few people in the business in Jamaica and thatâ€™s good, I love it. Â But if he had given more accolades when he was actually making it and said â€˜this is the music I love,â€™ it would have been cool.â€
According to the Jamaican rapper and producer, by not giving credit to Reggae and Caribbean music, Drake is merely a culture vulture.
According to Urban Dictionary, the term â€˜culture vultureâ€™ refers to:
â€œSomeone who steals traits, language and/or fashion from another ethnic or social group in order to create their own identity.â€
The Jamaican rapper cited how Ed Sheeran recorded a similar song without giving proper credit.
â€œEd Sheeran has done one song that is huge and itâ€™s dancehall reminiscent.â€
Sean Paulâ€™s criticism comes after Drakeâ€™s last album, Views, received several accolades from the music industry. Â People magazine ranked the album as part of its top 10 albums of 2016. Â Similarly, in its â€™25 Best Albums of 2016,â€™ Vibe ranked Views number 9. Â Sean Paul continued his criticism.
â€œHe [Drake] 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 Iâ€™m coming from, I have a love for that music.â€
This isnâ€™t the first time that Sean Paul has called out Drake and other artists for not crediting dancehall. Â In an interview last September with The Guardian, Sean Paul blasted the Canadian rapper as well as Justin Bieber.
â€œIt is a sore point when people like Drake or Bieber or other artists come and do dancehall-orientated music but donâ€™t credit where dancehall came from and they donâ€™t necessarily understand it.â€