Yasiin Bey's recent assertion that Drake makes music suitable for shopping, has drawn responses from many legendary Hip-Hop figures. Grandmaster Flash talked to HipHopDX at the 2024 Grammy awards, where the pioneering DJ said that Drake is Hip-Hop, and that he actually has carried on some traditions of first generation MC's.
"Let me tell you why Drake is Hip-Hop," he said. "What I admire about Drake is that he rapped over all different styles of beats. Back in the days when I was DJing and cuttin', and the rapper was rapping in front of me, he was rapping on the beats that I played," he explained. "Sometimes the beat was jazz, sometimes it was pop, rock, blues funk, R&B, disco. The kaleidoscope of music that he's doing and his style is absolutely excellent."