Did Drake put Skepta and Giggs on global stage? Fans say 'even Drake would disagree'

Did Drake put Skepta and Giggs on global stage? Fans say 'even Drake would disagree'
Skepta, Drake and Giggs (Luke Walker/Kevin Winter/ Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Drake is a global icon who has influenced several artists across continents and helped put them on a global stage. The hip-hop heavyweight was trending on Twitter regarding the same when a publication posted a clip along with a tweet that claimed Drake helped UK rappers such as Skepta, Giggs, Dave and Headie One reach a wider audience.

However, the internet did not seem to agree with the claim as they slammed the publication saying the aforementioned rappers were hustling way before Drake shot to fame and became one of the top-selling artists in the world. Drake was recently honored with Artist of the Decade at the recent Billboard Music Awards 2021. The 34-year-old rapper is also about to drop his new album ‘Certified Lover Boy’. However, a release date is yet to be revealed

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How did it all start?

The publication called 9bills first shared a video clip where two female hosts can be seen discussing the influence of Drake on UK hip-hop, adding that he was the one who helped rappers like Skepta and Giggs get more fame. A tweet from the publication then created an uproar on Twitter as it read, “Drake put on Skepta, Giggs, Dave and Headie One on to the global stage, brought back Top Boy & worked with UK producers on a number of tracks. Also dropped a behind bars on Link UpTV."

Skepta is a British rapper, songwriter and record producer from London, who is best known for uplifting the hip-hop sub-genre Grime in the UK. The 38-year-old emcee has delivered hit singles such as ‘That's Not Me’ and ‘Shutdown’ and has also dropped five full-length studio albums. Giggs is another Grime artist from London, who has been active in the scene from 2005. Drake had first brought Skepta during the 2015 Wireless festival and this started their friendship. The two then gave a lot of shout-outs to each other on their songs and on Instagram on different occasions in the coming years.

Skepta attends the Dior Homme Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 23, 2018, in Paris, France (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)



‘Legends started working with Skepta years before Drake ’

A lot of hip-hop fans stormed Twitter as soon as the discussion over Drake putting Skepta and Giggs on a global map became a hot topic. Denying all the facts, one user stated, “This is weird to read coz Kanye was working w/ Skepta long before Drake, same w/ Diddy. Skepta had a platinum song w/ A$AP long before Drakes involvement too and Giggs was so strong UK/US he couldn’t Tour for 10 YEARS and STILL had enough influence to end up on Drakes album? SMH.” He further said, “I stand corrected. 2015 Skep & Drake VS 2017 Skep & ASAP Rocky. The global influence is still undeniable though. Some of the biggest and most successful artists out of the US (legends) started working with Skepta years before Drake and endorsing him publicly/globally too.” One fan said, "Even Drake would disagree with this."
The next one added, “Drake never put on no uk artist. Made them bigger yes. Put on? Nah that’s crazy. He knows exactly what he doing when he fts w certain artist. It goes both ways. That’s how u stay relevant. We give overseas acts too much credit.” One user said, “I’m not a fan of UK Hip Hop, but even I know that saying “Drake put on Skepta” is pure ignorance.” Another tweeted, “There’s a big difference between PUT ON and EMBRACE. Drake didn’t put on Skepta, Giggs, Dave or Headie one... he embrace them. Drake embrace the U.K. scene he didn’t build shit. You are giving way too much credit lol.” One individual claimed, “Na fuck that, they did it on there own, Drake only got on to it because it was booming like hes done with everything else. German Whip brought UK rap back,” whereas one concluded, “Skepta and BBK did too many man in 2009 and giggs dropped talkin da hardest in 2007. I swear drake was still in the wheelchair these times.”










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