On July 25, Drake released a diss song called “Charged Up”, his official counter response to Meek Mill’s Twitter blast that rocked the nation.
When Meek Mill blasted Drake on Twitter, accusing him of not writing his own lyrics, pop culture immediately changed their focus away from some of the nation’s most crucial social issues, such as the death of Sandra Bland, to whether or not we still value Drake as an artist.
“Cops are killing people with their arms up, and your main focus is trying to harm us…” – Drake
Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps! That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out! 😁
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
Somewhere in America, there are Twitter and Hip Hop enthusiast sitting in a bar debating over a collection of Drake’s hit records and Meek Mills club bangers. But, it wasn’t until my friend Jeter, brought an excellent point to my attention during one of our own debates.
“…this issue matters if Drake is racking up Awards for songs he did not write,” Jeter said in the debate.
Meek Mill’s claim that Drake does not write his own material, led fans to question Drake’s accolades and accomplishments in the industry. And memes zoning in on the credits of Drake’s most notable songs are circulating on the web, steady fueling the issue. These are just two of the reasons I was inspired to gather the information for myself and for my readers.
A full Infographic with supporting reference sheet, compiling all of Drake’s award winnings from 2009 until now in the U.S. and Canada.
“I stay silent because we at war and I’m very patient…” – Drake, “Charged Up”
A Review of the US & Canadian Award Winnings for Drake is comprised of the top award shows in the U.S. and Canada. While researching Drake’s accolades, I found that Drake had been nominated for over 170 Award Nominations for both Domestic and International award shows including The Grammy’s, The BET Awards, The MTV Awards, and Juno Awards (Canada). Drake has won 38 of the awards that he had been nominated for — about 21% of his overall nominations to date.
The most prominent in the industry and one of the most celebrated award presentations is The Grammy’s.Drake won one Grammy award in 2013 for Best Rap Album for his studio album “Take Care”. As one of the most sought after awards in the industry, it is a huge accomplishment for many recording artist, especially for the Rap and Hip-Hop genre. His name has hit the Grammy ballot over 22 times.
Take a look at the Grammy Award criteria and FAQs. In gathering information about how the Recording Academy, votes on its winners, I found the process to be pretty standard and the requirements for nomination or consideration has no explicit detail on songwriting so much as it does production and engineering. However; in the FAQs, I did find a blurb about the difference between The Record of the Year and The Song of the Year awards.
From the Recording Academy:
“The Record Of The Year category recognizes the artist’s performance as well as the overall contributions of the producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist. The Song Of The Year category recognizes the songwriter(s).
If Drake had of won The Song of the Year, we may have been doing a little more digging on whether or not he actually wrote the song. But, Drake won Best Rap Album for “Take Care”, and who can argue with that?
In its first week of sales, “Take Care” debuts at number one on the Billboard 200. It sold 631, 000 copies. According to Billboard, Drake had one of the largest sales weeks of 2011 for an album… not just rap album. In 2012, it was announced that “Take Care” sold over 2 million albums and was the first rap album in over a year to do so.
To add insult to injury, Drake has sold over 5 million albums world-wide. He sets the bar high for his Hip Hop counterparts with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot Rap songs — higher than any other rapper.
I love Meek Mill over here, but I’m not sure what he was trying to accomplish by blasting Drake. In fact, I never thought Drake would truly be affected by this publicity.
“…these [ninjas] ain’t about to starve us…I’m charged up”. – Drake, “Charged Up “ Freestyle
Take a look at the infographic and you be the judge. Should Drake be as charged up as he is with 38 awards — some for songs that we’re not sure he wrote now? What are your thoughts?