You’re right, sorry about that. I just meant to include Canada and the US together, but that was sloppy. My bad.
Wow that escalated quickly. Apologies, I didn’t mean to offend, and of course there is terrible poverty in the US and Canada, I did not mean to belittle that at all. But residents of Detroit and Compton, no matter how bad off, still have comparably decent access to modern medicine, still have pretty great life expectancy/infant mortality rates, etc. My point was merely that “the bottom” is a slum in Mexico City or Rio or Mumbai or any of the truly awful areas of the world, and just because Drake wasn’t as poor as other rappers is no reason to dismiss his “started from the bottom” claim, particularly as he is referring to more than just class…
“The bottom” can refer to a lot more than just the economic (in which case, no North American could ever claim to be anywhere near the bottom), and Drake has notably “risen to the top” while successfully challenging hip hop’s traditional racial, ethnic, national, masculine, and musical trappings. As Tom eloquently argues, Drake has changed the rap landscape, and “Started from the Bottom”, in song and in video (and in appropriately awkward Drake fashion), demonstrates that shift.
IN WHAT WORLD is the chance to see nick cave, vampire weekend, social distortion, wu-tang, tame impala, grimes, gaslight anthem, dinosaur jr, father john misty, cloud nothings, and the smith westerns on a SINGLE day a terrible and/or meh day??
in addition to the california-based top 3 of fiona, frank and kendrick, we could add flying lotus, japandroids, ty segall, cat power (recorded in at least), white lung, and schoolboy q to say this really was the west coast’s year…