Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott spoke in the recent episode of Rolling Stone Music Now and explained his thoughts about Drake’s biggest hit, “God’s Plan”.
“Where’s the hook? Where’s the hook, dude? You know what it reminds me of, it reminds me of an updated version of Richie Havens or something like that. But Richie would sit on a stool, play the guitar, sing and sweat and make more of an effort to perform and put melody and heart and soul into it.
Whereas, a lot of the rap stuff, to me, it’s just typewriter … There’s some cool rhymes, but I find the lack of melody somewhat stifling in my mind and it’s nothing that I would certainly try and listen to again.”
“Wasn’t “Pour Some Sugar On Me” directly influenced by the rap of the time?”
“Yeah, but listen to the difference between that and the Drake song. The attitude that came out of people like The Beastie Boys and Run-DMC, was way more rock than that will ever be. They had meter and bounce and melody and drive… The first thing we heard was “Rapture” by Blondie. It’s like, oh, this is different.”
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