By Rob Markman
Drizzy makes a stand-out appearance on YG‘s latest single “Who Do You Love” and rap diehards will surely find Drake’s opening bars familiar. “I gotta shorty named Texas Sin/ She got a buddy named Young JB and now you know the deal/ We turnt up in the studio, late night/ That’s why the songs that you hear coming real tight,” the OVO boss rhymes.
“New Song w/ @YG Feat @Drake In This Song Drake Copys My Lyrics & Lines From My PlayazClub Song & Pays No Homage! ???,” 4-Tay tweeted on Monday with a YouTube link to YG’s song.
— Rappin’ 4-Tay (@rappin_4tay) December 31, 2013
The similarities in Drizzy’s lyrics and the ones from 4-Tay’s 1994 “Playaz Club” track are pretty apparent. 4-Tay starts his verse spitting: “I gotta hoe named Reel-To-Reel/ She got a buddy named SP-12, now you know the deal/ We gets freaky in the studio late-night/ That’s the why the beats that you hear coming real tight.”
It’s common practice for new MCs to interpolate lyrics from rappers that came before them. Jay Z has often done it to pay homage to his late-friend the Notorious B.I.G., and a scan of any relevant rapper’s discography will most likely uncover the lyrics of another. So, should Drake be excused because it’s common rap practice or does 4-Tay have a legitimate gripe?