Akon Claims Canadian Artists Are “Dominating” Hip-Hop
Akon offers his opinions on contemporary hip-hop power players.
In a recent interview with the “Big Homies House” podcast, Akon discussed the condition of hip-hop today and who is currently in charge of the industry.
“Atlanta’s been a driving force to hip hop for sure, but the dominator in hip hop is Canada,” he said on the podcast. “They dominate the music business. Okay, they got Drake, Tory Lanez, you got The Weeknd, you got Justin Bieber.”
Akon claims, however, that he is only discussing the commercial perspective and excluding the influence.. “Now mind you, I’m thinking from a business standpoint. I’m not talking about influence,” he added. “Influence, Atlanta hands down ‘cause everything that those guys in Canada is was birthed from here in Atlanta. Don’t get it twisted. Atlanta changed the game when it comes to urban music.”
Akon continued by praising the influence of Outkast, Goodie Mob, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri, and L.A. Reid as well as Babyface’s LaFace Records, but he asserted that Canada’s current generation of megastars is in charge of the industry at the moment.
In a recent interview with the Big Homies House podcast, the “Locked Up” rapper made the assertion and cited Canadian music icons Drake and Tory Lanez as evidence.
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