Why Do People Care About Drake Stealing X’s Flow?

A lot of opinions are flung around with little thought when it comes to issues, especially on social media. One recent issue that has a lot of people heated in the comments and abroad is how Drake seemingly stole Xxxtentacion’s flow. It’s up to the individual┬áto situate yourself on one side of the fence: either on Drake’s side or X’s side. It’s this antagonistic division that is pitting one fan against another, but I would venture to say that this doesn’t have to be so. It may seem like your only option is to defend Drake or X, but┬átheir is another side that one can subscribe to. It is built upon the acceptance of the fact that Drake stole X’s flow and the admittance that it’s not X’s flow to begin with, which coupled together would show why this “beef” between both parties and their fans is inconsequential.

Drake’s hot track “KMT” off of More Life is certainly a copy of Xxxtentacion’s “Look At Me!”. You have to be deaf or in adamant denial if you don’t agree. However, the amount of attention this is getting seems to be excessive. Flow refers to the style of delivery that a rapper possesses. Many experiment with different types of flows while others focus on the flows that they are comfortable with. The flow in question is the 7 syllable per bar delivery that X employs on his popular track. Drake uses the same flow on “KMT” on top of production that is similar to “Look At Me!”, but at a slightly slower pace. So it’s no question that Drake took X’s flow.

But what makes it X’s flow?

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Northlane – Mesmer

I had been sleeping on Northlane for most of their existence, and I am forever ashamed of that. It wasn’t until the progressive metalcore outfit released their single “Intuition” that I was hooked. They followed that song with a teaser, cryptic messages through Facebook Messenger, and ultimately another solid single called “Citizen”. However, on March 23rd they dropped their album Mesmer to the surprise of many. Yet I am more surprised at how good it is.

Mesmer is a polished adventure of an album that bears few weaknesses. It’s progressive in a milder sense, coupled with thought-inducing lyrics crooned by vocalist Marcus Bridge. The result is a cohesive album that shows depth and progression.

The album has eleven tracks. Melody is a fundamental aspect of Northlane, and so is the heavy-hitting djent that seeps through their music. Northlane perfectly blends the melody and progressive heaviness on Mesmer, delivering an album that doesn’t come off as too abrasive for new listeners or too soft for old ones. Melody serves as the foundation for tracks like “Solar” and “Heartmachine”, the former sounding a lot like something Of Mice & Men would create. On the other hand, Northlane’s brutality is not forgotten on tracks like “Intuition” and “Render”, which are two tracks where I find Northlane to be in their best form yet. These tracks hit hard, all while maintaining meaningful lyrics that require further probing. “Paragon” is fuego, commencing with its ambient moodiness and shifting into a heavy-hitter to close out an album that quite honestly is unforgettable. The only weakness I can spot is that Northlane’s album is back-loaded with a ton of amazing songs. The first five tracks excluding “Citizen” pale in comparison to the tremendously crafted songs from that point on.

Overall, Northlane dropped a perfect album that propels them into a more prominent position in the scene.

Top vybes: “Render”, “Intuition”, “Zero-One”

Vybes like: Erra, Volumes

“X” – Counterfeit Culture

There’s a ton of bands that spring up every day. The struggle to stand out and bring something new to table is a challenge, one that many bands fail to overcome. However, New Jersey four-piece outfit Counterfeit Culture rose to the occasion and delivered with their new single “X”. They do everything right on this track, setting themselves apart from the crowded scene and setting in sight a bright future.

“X” is a bop from start to finish. The instrumentation is top-notch, ranging from the atmospheric guitar to the powerful bass and drums that perfectly carry the track. The song juggles melody and heaviness with immense skill and precision, each section flowing smoothly into each other and not feeling abrupt or forced. The chill vibe that imbues the verses feeds right into the epic heavy parts that are destined to cause chaos in the pits.

Two factors that ought to spotlighted are the vocals and more importantly the lyrics. Vocalist Nick Broglio shifts between clean and unclean vocals with ease, which helps to bolster the powerful lyrics. Focusing on drug addiction and how it can haunt you like a nightmare, the lyrics are straightforward and poignant, easily resonant with anyone who has dealt with it or knows someone who has. It’s always great to hear young bands with substance and messages to share.

All in all, Counterfeit Culture is certainly a band to keep your eyes on. They prime you with the melody and deliver with the heavy on a catchy track that ought to be on repeat for a while. Their EP Deathwish is on the way, so peep the pre-order bundles on their Big Cartel.

For those who vybe to: We Came As Romans, Northlane