From Top Boy references on “Know Yourself” and Instagram to sampling Crazy Cousinz on his latest track “One Dance,” Drake’s growing love for British culture has influenced his music drastically. Checkout some British artists who have influenced Drizzy:
Skepta and Drake’s friendship started back in 2014 after Drizzy borrowed a line from the grime rapper’s “Thats Not Me” on Lil Wayne’s “Used To.” “Shout out to the Gs from the ends, We don’t live no girls from the ends” Skepta’s: (“Love for the Gs in the ends, But we don’t love no girls in the ends”).
After a few months of showing each other some social media love, Skepta sampled Drake’s infamous “Trust mi Daddy” vine for his hit “Shutdown.” Later, the two rappers went on to collab on Ojuelegba’s Remix and even perform together. It’s clear that Drake is inspired by more than just Skepta’s flow, the Canadian rapper has even adopted Skepta’s “cozy boy” aesthetic and gave him credit on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
Production duo, Crazy Cousinz, is the latest British group to inspire Drake. First hitting the scene in 2007, the duo’s first single might have been the caribbean inspired house track, “Bongo Jam.” But it was “Do You Mind” that skyrocketed their career. Producer Sevn Thomas flipped the 2008 club anthem into Drake’s dancehall inspired “One Dance” which will be featured on Views from the 6.
In a 2012 interview, Drake credited Brixton rapper, Sneakbo, for his then new obsession with rapping over dancehall influenced beats on Take Care. According to him, he discovered Sneakbo as a recommended video after a night of binging YouTube London documentaries. On “Cameras,” Drizzy loosely sampled Sneakbo’s “How You Mean.”