UNITED KINGDOM – Drake’s propensity for tapping into regional sounds and artists has often led to him being labeled a “culture vulture.” While he has largely ignored the criticism, recent comments by Grime rapper Wiley have provoked a response from the OVO superstar.
During a conversation with BBC 1Xtra’s Tiffany Calver, Drake hit back at claims that he’s a culture vulture.
“I hate that people think that me being into music from these kids that are trying to make it and trying to build a name for themselves is like, ‘Oh, that’s some culture vulture,’” he said. “What does that even mean? I don’t understand what that means. Would you rather me not acknowledge anything or support?
“That’s some real confused hater shit. But, it is what it is. I see it a lot. I’ll never understand how supporting somebody’s song or even going a step further, giving somebody a song or linking up, I’ll never understand how that is not viewed as something admirable. But, I guess some people have their own outlook on it.”
Drake then specifically called out Wiley.
“It was Wiley that said that,” he noted. “I’ll just say his name ’cause that was some goofy shit. But, yeah, I just didn’t like that. Like, what you talking ’bout?”
In March, Wiley claimed Drake was a culture vulture after seeing a video of Drizzy attending a show headlined by London-based rapper Loski.
“Culture vulture and pagan Strikes again,” the veteran artist tweeted.