The running joke of Lil Dicky‘s semi-autobiographical FX comedy Dave is the character’s outsized ego — something that the real-life Dave Burd may have in common with his fictionalized counterpart. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the show’s recently aired season 3 finale, Dicky discusses the episode’s celebrity cameos, crediting one in particular with validating some of his massive sense of self-confidence. Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Among the guest stars who appear in the season’s final episode is Rachel McAdams, carrying over from a previous multi-episode storyline that sees Dave meeting his “dream girl” while the real-life woman with whom he’s developed a relationship slips away, Brad Pitt, who gives Dave advice about love and stardom before apparently being grievously injured by one of Dave’s oddball splurges, and Drake, who represents everything Dave wants to be (since the borderline delusional aspiring rap star hasn’t apparently paid much attention to Drake’s lyrics while “looking for love”).
According to Dicky, Drake was a fan of the show before appearing on it. As Dicky puts it, “Drake is like the top of the mountain top musically and as a rapper. I had met Drake and he pulled me aside and told me the show is one of the more important shows of our generation and I knew he was a fan.”
Hopefully, the Certified Lover Boy has some advice for the fictional Lil Dicky or I fear the show’s protagonist may never grow up and find the love he’s been looking for… Something Dicky says is contingent on him learning some self-love first. “Until you actually love yourself and remedy yourself of that void, how can you possibly take on the love of another person?” Yup, it’s a funny show — but it also makes you think.
Baby Keem and Kendrick’s new song “The Hillbillies” has added fuel to the flame, with fans noting Kendrick using a similar flow to Drake and wondering whether it’s yet another subtle jab at the Canadian star. As one fan noted, “Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem used Drake’s Sticky flow and this is how it came out.” Another noted the similarity between Drake’s Honestly, Nevermind track “Sticky” and Kendrick and Keem’s use of Jersey club drums and similar cadences, writing, “Now give Drake his credit for predicting dance music was the new wave cause Hillbillies is just Kendrick’s version of Sticky.”
However, some fans have interpreted the use of the so-called “Sticky flow” a sneaky dig at Drake, with one comparing their lyrics and asserting that “kendrick is not jacking drake he’s CLOWNING HIM.” Others are using the wording of Keem’s own tweet promoting the track as evidence it’s meant to be a parody or spoof of Drake’s, noting that Keem himself called it “Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – The Hillbillies (Sticky Dub).”
There is, of course, the third option: that it’s a homage, made out of respect for Drake’s efforts in pushing the boundaries of hip-hop. After all, the use of “dub” is a nod to the Jamaican dancehall practice of “dubbing” popular hits with remixes and covers. In fact, the soundclash battles upon which hip-hop was founded stem from DJs competing to find or mix the rarest dubs in order to draw bigger crowds and responses with their respective sound systems.
Now, whether it’s a diss, a dub, or a case of follow-the-leader, it’s still pushing forward the genre and the culture — and goes to show how both Drake and Kendrick aren’t just fixtures of rap, but pioneers in guiding it to its future.
For the past few weeks, Beyonce has been taking over the headlines with all the antics unfolding at her RENAISSANCE World Tour shows. That’s likely to continue over the next month, but when Drake and 21 Savage hit the road at the end of June, many hip-hop heads will likely turn their focus that way. Seeing as tickets have been even more harshly criticized for their price than Bey’s own concerts, it’s likely that many fans won’t be able to attend and will instead rely on social media and blogs to get their fix.
However, it seems one lucky Drizzy lover may get a chance to see the Canadian perform live after showing off his own rap skills on TikTok. A few days ago a video of a middle-aged man bodying Drake’s verse from Future’s “I’M ON ONE” began making rounds online, even reaching the point that the father of one himself saw the iconic clip. “Need you at the tour big guy, for sure,” he wrote when reposting it on his own Instagram Story on Monday (May 29).
At first glance, the TikToker would certainly not appear to be a Drake fan, but his dedication and memorization prove otherwise. “All my h*es rockin’ Audemar / All my h*es rockin’ Rollie, Audemar, Patek,” he spits while casually holding a beer in one hand. “Bustdown thotiana, bustdown thotiana / Bust down a thotty with a bustdown,” Champagne Papi’s enthusiast continues, impressing the internet with his abilities.
It remains unclear how serious 6ix God was being about his invite, but if the TikToker is at an upcoming show, we’ll surely see about it online. The It’s All A Blur tour is set to begin on June 29 in Memphis, TN. Following that, he and 21 Savage will make stops in cities like Chicago, Boston, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, and more. Which Drake song would be your number-one karaoke pick? Let us know in the comments, and check back later for more hip-hop/pop culture news updates.
Drake has found another way to profit off his love of sports. The collaboration between the “Search And Rescue” rapper’s OVO (October’s Very Own) record label and the Major League Soccer (MLS) is now available to the general public.
The limited-edition capsule merchandise collection pays homage to three league teams. Toronto Football Club, New York City Football Club, and Los Angeles Football Club’s signature colors (red, sky blue, and black) are featured across the athleisure garments. The range of hoodies, tees, sweatshorts, and socks will predominately feature the label’s unique owl logo and distinct font type.
In a statement, the organization spoke in greater detail as to why the Cartoon was selected for the collaboration, saying, “Cartoon began his career as a LA graffiti artist before branching into murals, album covers, logos, and now most famously known for his tattoos. His richly detailed, hand-rendered designs pull much of their inspiration from the Los Angeles of Cartoon’s youth. At one time, the black and grey, fine line style was synonymous with LA street life, and Cartoon’s work has helped bridge the gap between those hardscrabble beginnings and the style’s current global popularity.”
The new MLS x OVO capsule is available now online. However, the items will be made available in person at the BMO Field for Toronto FC fans. Find more information here.
PartyNextDoor last released a new collection of music back in 2021 with the Partypack EP following his third studio album Partymobile. That album, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, updated the singer’s well-established formula but didn’t quite stick with fans the way his game-changing debut mixtape had.
Perhaps that’s why his next project will be PartyNextDoor 4, as confirmed by PND and Drake, who popped out to surprise fans at Party’s latest show in Toronto, telling fans, “I’m going on tour, but Party’s dropping PND4” in a singsong delivery that blended into a rendition of “Come And See Me,” the duo’s collaboration from Party’s second studio album, PartyNextDoor 3.
In the season premiere of The Kardashians, which is streaming today on Hulu, Kim Kardashian addresses her ex-husband Kanye West’s self-destructive behavior, comparing the backlash to the one she endured over her sex tape. According to Complex, while Kardashian doesn’t specifically cite Kanye’s recent run of antisemitic comments, she does take the opportunity to refute his remarks about her sex tape and rumors that she cheated on him with Drake.
“There’s been a lot going on with Kanye right now and things are going on in the media radio shows and interviews,” she says. “But even just how he looks so down on me for, like, my tape and brings it up all over town, all over the media. Like, thanks for reminding people once again. All of his shenanigans — I don’t even know what the fuck to call it — is gonna be far more damaging to the kids one day than my tape will ever be. And I have to sit here and not say anything, ever, because I know one day my kids will appreciate that and I know that is the best thing for them.”
Kardashian also expresses her view that the Drake rumor came from Kanye himself. “He was the one that started a rumor that said I was hooking up with Drake, having an affair our whole marriage,” she says. “He accused me of that publicly. So the person that’s supposed to protect me the most publicly would accuse me of having an affair throughout our whole marriage. I really can’t wrap my head around how he is a protector.”
The couple divorced last year after Kim filed for separation in 2021, leading to a contentious year in which Kanye took multiple digs at her new suitor, Pete Davidson (despite having a rotation of short-lived situationships himself), posted private text messages between them on social media, and eventually self-immolated completely with his antisemitic comments, torpedoing his Adidas and Gap deals, from which he’s still dealing with the fallout.
Bad Bunny’s superstardom is almost unprecedented, taking Latin trap and reggaeton to new heights. He has been the most streamed artist on Spotify for three years in a row. Within the past year, Bad Bunny has headlined Coachella and sold out two worldwide arena and stadium tours. Reggaeton and Latin pop music have been popular globally since the early 2000s, but Bad Bunny took the music to a larger scale.
Yesterday, Bad Bunny released his latest single, “Where She Goes,” along with the song’s music video featuring cameos from artists including Frank Ocean and Lil Uzi Vert. Bad Bunny has had many significant hits by himself but has an immaculate track record of collaborations, working with major superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Dua Lipa, and Cardi B. Bad Bunny has also collaborated with almost everyone from the reggaeton scene, including Sech, Anuel AA, and Ozuna.
An Eclectic Mix of Genres
He is known for his ability to fuse genres and make them his own, with each album sounding different from the last. His 2018 debut, X 100PRE, saw Bad Bunny honing in on his signature Latin trap and reggaeton sound while experimenting with pop, pop-punk, and dembow. His second album, 2020’s YHLQMDLG was Bad Bunny’s homage to classic 2000s reggaeton, building on his influences with his own unique sound. El Último Tour Del Mundo In 2020 saw Bad Bunny fusing his signature sound with rock and pop-punk. His fourth album, 2022’s Grammy-winning Un Verano Sin Ti was a tropical tribute to Puerto Rico, incorporating elements of reggae, mambo, EDM, and merengue. With a knack for collaboration and an ability to fuse genres, Bad Bunny has many impressive collaborations.
This is a list of Bad Bunny’s hottest must-hear collaborations. Because he has tried so many different styles of music and has worked with an eclectic mix of artists, making a list of the essential Bad Bunny collaborations is not an easy task. The songs, listed chronologically, draw from his catalog and primarily focus on his rap and hip hop songs. Of course, the list primarily includes his songs with reggaeton artists, of which he has a history of working with. Take a look at the list below.
“Sensualidad” With J Balvin & Prince Royce (2017)
Almost every Bad Bunny song is a hit, but some pieces are more underrated than others. An early song in his career, “Sensualidad,” is one of the best Bad Bunny collabs. J Balvin and Prince Royce join him over some production from DJ Luian and Mambo Kingz. Over the simple yet colorful production, the three artists bring their own unique voices and personalities to the track. Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Prince Royce each take turns singing their own version on the chorus, bringing dynamic melody changes to their verses.
The three also ad-lib during each other’s parts, exemplifying their chemistry. The song also features an entertaining outro with plenty of adlibs and shoutouts. “Sensualidad” is a perfect summer track and was an early track that showed the chemistry between Bad Bunny and J Balvin specifically, paving the way for their 2019 collab album, Oasis.
“MÍA” was a significant moment for Reggaeton, seeing one of its biggest rising stars team up with one of pop music’s biggest stars. Drake has sung in Spanish before with Romeo Santos on “Odio” and sounds very comfortable in Spanish yet again on “MÍA.” Everything about the song is a guaranteed hit record, from the combined star power of Bad Bunny and Drake to the bright and lively reggaeton production. Bad Bunny has collaborated with many artists outside of the reggaeton scene, but “MÍA” with Drake is a collaboration that sounds the most organic.
“La Romana” feat. El Alfa (2018)
“La Romana” is one of Bad Bunny’s hardest bangers and one of his best collabs. The song begins with a dainty melody but drops into a knocking Latin trap song. Bad Bunny flows fastly over the beat, weaving in different melodies. The song then skips into a completely different beat with an ominous flute sound that perfectly sets up El Alfa to come in with a fiery dembow track. The song is actually fire as El Alfa repeats “fuego,” “fire,” and “caliente.” Bad Bunny sounds comfortable on El Alfa’s sound, rapping on the second beat. The song is a definitive highlight in both of their catalogs.
“La Santa” feat. Daddy Yankee (2020)
Bad Bunny and reggaeton legend Daddy Yankee have worked together a few times, but “La Santa” ranks atop their collabs by a long shot. The song has a classic reggaeton beat perfect for Bad Bunny’s infectious melodies and Daddy Yankee’s aggressive flow. The two play off each other nicely as Daddy Yankee adlibs Bad Bunny’s verses, and they trade lines on the pre-chorus.
“Safaera” feat. Jowell & Randy & Ñengo Flow (2020)
“Safaera” stands out as one of the best Bad Bunny collabs for many reasons. The song is a highlight on YHLQMDLG, and he recruits Jowell & Randy and Ñengo Flow for the song. “Safaera” is an homage to old mixes, resulting in an unpredictable reggaeton masterpiece. The song changes beat and tempo multiple times, keeping the listener engaged. Jowell & Randy build the song’s momentum until the chorus from Bad Bunny and Ñengo Flow.
Ñengo Flow’s verse weaves through different beats with a constant tempo before moving to a reggaeton flip of “Get Ur Freak On,” which gets sped up for Bad Bunny’s verse and slowed down for Jowell’s verse at the end. “Safaera” is an explosive song that goes through many exciting phases, almost like a reggaeton “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“Bad Con Nicky” feat. Nicky Jam (2020)
Bad Bunny’s 2020 collaboration with Nicky Jam shows that even his B-sides have plenty of gems. The first part of the song is a slow yet traditional duet between Bad Bunny and Nicky Jam. One of Bad Bunny’s cleanest beat switches comes toward the end of the song. The production turns into a fast reggaeton for Nicky Jam to showcase his raps before singing over the thumping instrumental.
“Dákiti” feat. Jhayco (2020)
Bad Bunny and Jhayco have a history that runs deep, initially hopping on remixes of each other’s songs. The two then joined forces for “DÁKITI,” one of the biggest songs for both careers so far. The song’s eerie and atmospheric sound is the perfect soundscape for the two to display their skills. They create catchy melodies on the song and provide unique takes on the same melody. “DÁKITI” is a fitting track for an album titled El Último Tour Del Mundo as the song sounds very apocalyptic. The song is one of the must-hear Bad Bunny collabs and ignited the chemistry for him and Jhayco to create more bangers like “Tarot.”
YoungBoy Never Broke Again was given a stern warning from Rap-A-Lot founder J Prince this week over his jabs at Drake. For several weeks, the 23-year-old rapper has been sending shots at much of the rap, from Lil Durk to NLE Choppa to Soulja Boy. However, J Prince drew the line at YoungBoy dissing Drake, with whom he shares close ties.
And although Drake himself hasn’t responded to YoungBoy’s provocations, fans may be wondering just why the Baton Rouge rapper keeps sending shots at Drake in the first place. On the song “F**K The Industry Pt. 2” from his new mixtape Richest Opp, YoungBoy raps, “B*tch, I send them hitters to hit at you, boy, don’t say sh*t to me / Talk to Drake ‘cross FaceTime, he wasn’t feelin’ me / Told me that he f*ck with Durk, damn, that sh*t was gettin’ to me / Told me that he like the sh*t I’m doin’, but can’t do sh*t with me / So when we cross our ways, f*ck what you say, b*tch, you my enemy.”
That verse may bear the answer for YoungBoy’s issues though. Drake is well-known as an associate of Chicago rapper Lil Durk, with whom YoungBoy has had a longstanding feud. That beef seems to stem from YoungBoy’s friction with Durk’s OTF artist and fellow Chicagoan, the late King Von. After Von asserted that YoungBoy “got caps in yo raps,” YoungBoy began issuing diss tracks directed at Von along with his O-Block affiliates. This prompted Durk to take up the beef on Von’s beef, notably making references to YoungBoy on “Ahhh Ha.”
It’s clear from “F**k The Industry, Pt. 2” that YoungBoy plans to continue his war of words with Durk, and apparently, that extends to just about anyone who counts Durk as a confederate. Whether he’ll actually prompt a response from Drake remains to be seen, but Soulja Boy and NLE Choppa have already pretty much shrugged off his attention-baiting antics, so it seems unlikely that the track will have much impact beyond garnering some petty buzz for his new tape.
Despite being on house arrest in Utah, Baton Rouge rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again has been menacing the rap world for the past several weeks, taunting would-be rivals like Lil Durk, Soulja Boy, and Drake. And while it appears they’ve mostly ignored his attention-baiting antics, there’s at least one person who took him seriously enough to take action.
However, unfortunately for fans of rap beef, J. Prince decided to put YoungBoy and Drake on a video chat to see if they could work out their differences. The Houston rap impresario posted a photo of himself with the young rapper, detailing how he encouraged him to take Drake off his “enemy list.”
“As you all can see, I had a good time kicking it with the homies in Utah,” he wrote.
On behalf of the lil Homie YB, me and my brother Birdman were able to have a real conversation face to face. We talked about the past, the present, and the future. But most importantly, we left each other with a mutual respect moving forward. Even though I wasn’t there for a meeting with bird man I must say the lord works in mysterious ways. With that being said, I must address the song where my name and drakes name were mentioned. To the lil homie, as I said to you privately, I say to you publicly that Drake is my son, he roll with me. Therefore, I think it’s a good idea to take him off your enemy list because the truth of the matter is that we got nothing but love for [Lil] Durk and your accomplishments. When I put Drake on that facetime call with you, my intent was for y’all to move forward, not backward. “Two things we get every day is a chance and a choice. The choices we make determine our destination.
The trouble appeared to stem from NBA YoungBoy’s new mixtape, Richest Opp, which featured the song “F**K The Industry Pt. 2.” The “How To Rob”-style track found the prolific spitter calling out names. While most of his ire was directed at Lil Durk, it seemed Drake’s association with the Chicago rapper was enough to earn a dismissive bar or two.
“B*tch, I send them hitters to hit at you, boy, don’t say sh*t to me / Talk to Drake ‘cross FaceTime, he wasn’t feelin’ me,” he raps on the song. “Told me that he f*ck with Durk, damn, that sh*t was gettin’ to me / Told me that he like the sh*t I’m doin’, but can’t do sh*t with me / So when we cross our ways, f*ck what you say, b*tch, you my enemy.”
To be fair, Drake already takes enough heat for his associations with Chris Brown and Baka Not Nice, one of whom is on his label. With YoungBoy’s seeming inability to keep himself out of trouble for 6 consecutive months at a time, that’s one collab the Canadian just might continue to avoid.
Who knew the feud between NBA Youngboy and Lil Durk would somehow involve Drake? In the midst of speculation of an album showdown, YB released “F**k The Industry Pt. 2” where he addressed a number of individuals, including Lil Wayne’s protegé. “Talked to Drake ‘cross FaceTime, he wasn’t feelin’ me/ Told me that he fuck with Durk, damn, that shit gettin’ to me/ Told me that he like the shit I’m doin’, but can’t do shit with me/ So when we cross our ways, fuck what you say, bitch, you my enemy,” YB raps on the song.
Apparently, this required J. Prince’s intervention. Birdman seemingly set up a meeting in Utah between the Rap-A-Lot boss and the Richest Opp rapper where they could hash out their differences. “On behalf of the lil Homie YB, me and my brother Birdman were able to have a real conversation face to face,” J. Prince wrote in the caption. “We talked about the past, the present, and the future. But most importantly, we left each other with a mutual respect moving forward.”
J. Prince: Take Drake Off Your Enemy List
Prince explained that he wasn’t there to meet with Birdman but felt compelled to publicly speak on “F*ck The Industry Pt. 2.” “To the lil homie, as I said to you privately, I say to you publicly that Drake is my son, he roll with me,” he added. “Therefore, I think it’s a good idea to take him off your enemy list because the truth of the matter is that we got nothing but love for Durk and your accomplishments. When I put Drake on that facetime call with you, my intent was for y’all to move forward, not backwards.”
Both NBA Youngboy and J. Prince have exchanged words in the past, largely due to the latter’s public declaration of retrieving YB’s stolen car keys. In response, NBA Youngboy scolded Prince for sharing an Instagram post about the matter. “It’s plenty ways to get in touch with me,” YB said on Instagram at the time. “I’m good on them keys, gangsta. When you buy that shit cash, two keys come with the car anyways. Mind your fuckin’ business, mane.” Hopefully, the recent meeting maintains the peace between NBA Youngboy and J. Prince.