/  09.03.2021


In the wee hours of Friday morning (Sept. 3), Drake released his Certified Lover Boy album to fans and music lovers who have long been awaiting the project. Social media users reacted to verses from features, took note of what bars had the potential to become Instagram captions, and applauded the 6 God for another job well done.

NBA star Trae Young, however, took his praise to another level. After the release of the project, the Atlanta Hawks star took to Twitter to pose the following question: “Yo when we gonna say Drake has passed Hov?” The tweet was instantly flooded with comments responding to his controversial take.

Twitter user @EricsElectrons, who claims to be a fan of both rappers, tweeted, “Unpopular opinion: JAY-Z is in my top 5, dead or alive, but Drake has already surpassed Hov.”

He continued, “Drake has never released a solo project that has not reached number 1 in the US. Drake has had more success in other genres (hip hop, r&b, Caribbean, UK drill, reggaeton, etc) than Hov.”

Hov supporters, on the other hand, responded to Trae’s inquiry with mentions of the albums in the Brooklyn rapper’s years-long discography.

“Dumbest take I heard in a minute,” user @swishstillpimp. “Drake doesn’t have a Blueprint or American Gangster in his discography. Let me know when he makes an album that perfect.”

“Nigga do you realize JAY-Z has gone platinum on all 13 of his studio albums since the 90s?…..is a billionaire, and he paved the way for Drake since Wayne is his mentor, and Wayne looked up to JAY?” added @ThaRealBigShawn. “He can’t pass him. JAY-Z would have to die right now.”

Hours into the Twitter debates, Trae got back on Twitter to clarify that he is not against JAY-Z. “Everybody, Hov #1 to me,” he wrote alongside a laughing emoji. In another post, he shared a clip of someone singing an apology to a judge during a court hearing. “To all my Hov fans,” he captioned the video.

See Trae Young’s tweets and the subsequent reactions below.

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