Drake addresses Wiley’s “culture vulture” comments

Drake, Wireless Festival 2018 © Jordan Hughes
© Jordan Hughes

Drake has responded to criticism that he’s a “culture vulture”, name dropping Wiley in the process.

In an interview with BBC 1Xtra host Tiffany Calver, the Canadian rapper addressed some of the criticism he’s recently received – particularly from the self-proclaimed godfather of grime, Wiley. Having carved out a reputation for platforming UK artists – such as Crack Magazine cover star Dave and J Hus – Drizzy highlighted the negative comments he’s received for his involvement with London’s music scene.

“I hate that people think that me being into music from these kids that are trying to make it and trying to build a name for themselves as like, that’s some culture vulture thing,” Drake said. “Would you rather me not acknowledge anything or support?”

Drizzy continued to describe the comments as “some real confused hater shit” and clarified that “it was Wiley that said that”. He added, “I’ll just say his name because that was some goofy shit.”

Wiley has responded to the interview with a series of tweets, asking, “Have I got myself into a war with Drake? Lol.”

Furthermore, Wiley tweeted at Calver to “Get me on the show” and told Giggs that “your boy has cracked.” In a since-deleted tweet, Giggs responded to Wiley’s tweets, calling him a “clown”.

He wrote, “Why did you just @ me? What exactly are u after here? Are u trying to show people that your greazy and u can @ Giggs? What exactly are u trying to achieve? Coz all I can see is u are trying to wind me up? So please, do not show off, leave me alone and I will do the same, don’t push it.”

Drizzy wrapped up a two-week residency at the London O2 Arena – temporarily renamed The O3 – last weekend. The residency was a part of his Assassination Vacation tour of Europe, and during his run of shows he brought out J Hus, Dave, J Cole, Tory Lanez and Popcaan.

Listen back to the BBC 1Xtra episode here, and watch the moment Dave joined Drake on stage.