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Drake Claims He’s First Person to Successfully Rap and Sing: Why He’s Wrong

Mon., Jul. 30, 2012 7:53 AM EST
by Nicholas Robinson

Queen Latifah

Before becoming a full-blown jazz singer, in the late 80s/early 90s, Queen Latifah pushed the boundaries of hip-hop by incorporating singing into her music and found success with songs like “U.N.I.T.Y.” and “Just Another Day.”

 

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  • SherriEtienne

    Uh yeah! People are so quick to claim some ish! What about Nelly? And let’s not forget about Queen’s Come Into My House, Give Me Body…

  • Vandellish

    Cee-Lo (Goodie M.O.B.), Mos Def, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Slick Rick, Grand Puba, Phonte (Little Brother), Left Eye, Nelly, 50 Cent, etc…the list goes on and on.
    He’s not even the most successful rapper who sings. I’d give that to either Kanye or 50 Cent. Is he the best balance of both (not without Auto-Tune)? Nope. Lauryn Hill or Andre 3000 probably can claim that. This guy is really just ego trippin and trying to further validate his existence in the game when he’s really just a ‘rapper’ for teenage girls.
    Also remember…The TRUE test of a singer/rapper is whether or not they’d have the guts to grab the mic at the end of an award show (or in a cypher in the case of rap) with all of the REAL voices there (Patti, Chaka, Mariah, etc…). Only Cee-Lo or Lauryn Hill (in her prime) would’ve been able to rock with the best of both rappers and singers.

  • Necstasy

    Yeah he’s way off.  If somebody asked me who was the first to successfully sing and rap I’d say Bobby Brown.