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New York Times faces backlash after claiming Drake popularized rap-singing

On today's q This music panel, Lisa Christiansen and A. Harmony discuss a New York Times article that suggested Drake was the first artist to blend rapping and singing.
In a New York Times article, music critic Jon Caramanica wrote that Drake "fundamentally rewrote the rules of what it meant to be a rapper in the 2010s." (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Every week, the q This panel looks at the biggest stories in music news. Today, CBC arts reporter Lisa Christiansen and music journalist A. Harmony join host Tom Power to take a look at a New York Times article that suggested Drake was the first artist to blend rapping and singing. The piece by pop music critic Jon Caramanica was headlined, "Rappers are singers now. Thank Drake," and it received a lot of backlash online. Our panellists discuss whether or not the New York Times overstated Drake's importance in modern music.

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