Drake has found himself in the middle a familiar debate that has people questioning whether he’s a “culture vulture” or not. It all stems from a small beef he’s gotten himself into with the groundbreaking U.K. rapper Wiley.
Wiley is considered a pioneer in grime music, a style U.K. rap that incorporates heavy electronic beats and gritty rhymes. Wiley’s 2004 album Treddin’ on Thin Ice is considered by many to be a blueprint the genre.
So Drake definitely has a formidable adversary.
According to NME, Wiley ignited the beef when he called Drake a “culture vulture” for stopping by certain U.K. artists’ shows and bringing a number them out on his tour. Some the British artists who have gotten love from Drizzy include J Hus, Krept & Konan, Afro B, Dave and Fredo.
Over the weekend, Drake responded to Wiley’s criticism when he stopped by BBC Radio 1’s 1Xtra Rap Show with DJ Tiffany Calver:
“I hate that people think that me being into music from these kids that are trying to make it and build a name for themselves is like, ‘Oh, that’s some culture vulture’….What does that even mean? I don’t understand. Would you rather me not acknowledge anything or not support? That’s some real confused hater sh**.”
“I’ll never understand how supporting somebody’s song or even going a step further and giving somebody a song or linking up. I’ll never understand how that’s not viewed as something admirable, but I guess people have their own outlook on it.”
Drake then went on to say that this is something that’s been “bothering” him and he had to get it f his chest. He went a step further and called Wiley out by name, saying:
“It was Wiley that said that. I just said his name cause I felt like that was some goy sh**. But yeah, I just didn’t like that. Like what are you talking about?”
You can check out Drake’s words for yourself starting at the 2:07 mark below.
Of course, Wiley peeped the commentary and had some few choice words himself. First, he went on Instagram with a bunch laugh emojis next to the interview, telling Drake, “If what I was saying was wrong you would stayed silent.”