During a recent interview, Young Money rapper Drake attributed his rap style, known by some as the “punchline flow,” to Big Sean. Sean, who is signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, used the rhyme scheme on the track Supa Dupa and it has been used by nearly every rapper since, but most notably Drake.
The Canadian lyricist is tiring of the style now though and according to him, he’s still upset at once instance where he used it on his debut album, Thank Me Later.
“Well, that flow has been killed by so many rappers,” said Drake during part two of his interview with AllHipHop. “And, I never want to use that flow again in life. [Laughs] I wanted to take it off my album, because I was like, ‘I shut ‘em down. Onyx.’ I hate the fact that that rhyme is still in there.”
Tracing the flow through Hip-Hop, Drake also pointed out how Kanye and Lil Wayne also started rhyming the same way. But then other rappers who didn’t know how to use it properly joined in and essentially ruined it.
“[Big Sean] that’s the first guy I heard utilize that flow throughout the duration of a verse. I’ll give him that credit. I think Kanye got it from him. Me and Wayne found a dope way to do it. I don’t want to sound cocky, but the best way it’s been used was on Forever. Those lines just all individually make so much sense. They’re all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world,” Drizzle said.
“I don’t want to offend somebody…I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] ‘It’s a parade! MACY’s!’”