You could argue that Drake spearheaded a melodic movement that's still going strong today. Thanks to Aubrey's massive success, the style has quickly cemented itself as a staple of modern rap. Recently, rappers like Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan have been making bank off of melodious flows. People often talk about the influence of Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak, despite receiving mixed acclaim upon release. Kanye made singing accessible for acolytes like Drake, and even more recently, A$AP Rocky, to croon with more confidence. While there wouldn’t be one without the other (at least in the same context) Drake’s contribution to hip-hop can be argued, as being larger than that of a project like 808s. While Kanye bravely laid the groundwork, Drake built upon it, and grew melodic rap into something more enduring. Last year, Jezebel spoke with Drake’s vocal coach, Dionne Osborne. The Atlanta-based sensei credited his “conversational” and “comfortable” cadence as a key strength. It certainly makes sense, too. The listener is never taken back when Drake sings. We don’t dread that portion of the song, the same way some of us do even when Yeezus exercises it. We expect the flow, and we look forward to it each and every time. In a 2012 interview with The Jewish Chronicle, Drake boasted that he “would deem [himself] the first person to successfully rap and sing.” In many ways, we have to agree. The transition between soulful warbling and hardline raps is seamless within Drake’s discography, and that’s why every song sounds like Drake featuring Drake.