By Henna Kathiya
Ever since the release of his 2009 breakout mixtape So Far Gone, Drake has risen among the ranks as one of the top rappers in his game right now. One of the things that sets Drizzy apart from the other rappers in his game is that he experiments with other genres of music.
Earlier this year Florence Welch (front woman of Florence and the Machine) jumped on stage with him at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. While the two haven’t yet collaborated, the door is still open. “Whenever I see Drake, we always just end up kind of hanging out, which is equally fun, but no, we haven’t done anything together yet,” Welch told MTV News. “I think we’re both big fans of each other’s work. If we would have the time it is something I would definitely like to do, but we’re both really busy.”
Looking at Drake’s past history it is not uncommon for him to team up with someone out of his hip-hop—actually fans have come to expect it.
On his 2009 mixtape alone, Drake’s single “Little Bit” sampled from Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li. “Unstoppable”, another single on the So Far Gone borrowed from Santigold, the alternative singer causing a stir on the Internet and indie-label conference rooms. From the start Drake recognized the value of mixing up his genres.
On “I’m Ready For You,” Drake samples Nigerian-German hip-hop/soul singer Nneka’s “Heartbeat.” As a fan of both indie and hip hop music, I really appreciate Drake for his innovative music taste. Any man that can turn Nneka’s soulful “Heartbeat” song into a hot beat to rap over is truly talented in my book.
One of the songs on his newest album Take Care, “Dreams Money Can Buy” samples a popular demo “BTSTU” released by British songwriter and record producer Jai Paul. While Drake is sampling artists from around the world it comes as no surprise that Florence and Drake are thinking about working together.
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