Was Slug the O.G. Drake?

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Imagine there’s a rapper building a lot of buzz. He’s from a cold place (brrrr!) not known for producing hip-hop artists. He works almost exclusively with one producer from his home turf. He’s a heart-throb who manages to attract a significant female following by penning rap songs about love, sex, and heartbreak.

He tours a lot; the ups-and-downs of road life are a significant theme in his lyrics. He collaborates with another well-respected, dreadlocked rapper. He’s biracial! Who is this upstart? You guessed it: it’s Slug from Atmosphere!

Sean “Slug” Daley of Minneapolis' Atmosphere was Drake before Drake was a gleam in the eye of Degrassi: The Next Generation’s producers. Although his last album got a bit experimental, Slug has been Drakin’ it for years now:

  • Touring his ass off for a decade
  • Starting a label that puts out albums for his lil homies: DOOM, Brother Ali, P.O.S., Freeway, etc.
  • Making Jewish girls scream

Imagine how Slug feels now that a 23 year-old former child actor dressed head to toe in Banana Republic has made waayyyyy more money by jocking his steez.

PARALELLS IN DRAKE / SLUG RAP

The insistent love song

The introspective, “love-me-because-I’m deep” song:

The “you-broke-my-heart-even-though-I-just-met-you” song:

The “I’m-on-the-road-right-now-baby-so-I-might-have-to-fuck-other-girls” song

The “light-hearted-duet-about-ladies-with-the-dreadlocked-guy” song:

So, sorry to shatter your dreams, girls, but Drake is not the first “Rapper With Feelings”. My boy Slug has slightly better flow, equally strong ties to Judaism, and – sure he’s a little bit older! – but (TRUST ME) 23 is too young for a rapping man.
Slug, meanwhile, should be asking himself the Eternal Question: “What did Drake’s agent do right that mine did wrong?.. and, can I sue?”