Drake's got a significant hate-base for some pretty obvious reasons. His entire existence in the game relied on ridiculous advantages that most hip-hop artists had to fight for. He started out famous. He began with money. He represents a nation known primarily for rap acts like Swollen Members and Choclair. He has an accessible kind of yuppie vibe. He sings. But this is where the territory gets rocky, and his advantages—those things that gave him a leg up on the competition—start to become disadvantages. He sings. He doesn't have the typical hood cosigns. He's seen as soft.

In an artform where narratives are so heavily reliant on struggle, he's had none. But being the anti-underdog made him a weird kind of underdog, at least if you forget that he initially had a cosign from the biggest rapper in the game. But the most important quality Drake had was his drive. Where most rappers who start with money have trouble motivating themselves, he was, for all his faults, a student of the art and a clear workaholic. And it showed in his music. While his haters multiplied, and so did his fans.

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