Where much success is accrued, much credit is due.
At the center of the debate was whether or not Nelly’s industry prosperity of the early 2000s peeled open opportunity for Drake to dominate his era in music.
Those in favor of Nelly cited everything from his iconic diamond-certified Country Grammar album and even his racy “credit card slide” moment from the “Tip Drill” video. Drizzy’s OVO owls and owlettes, however, simply boasted that Drake had his industry upper hand raised much longer than Nelly did in his prime, thus proving the 6 God to be a rap monarch in his own Nelly-less right.
Neutrally, the fairest of reasoning was quite simple: Nelly held the throne during his era, and Drake is holding it during his. Some arguments were factually-based, some were backed by educated opinion, and some were just downright meme-saturated foolery.
Check out both ends of the debate in the tweets below.
Did Drake have Kelly Rowland text him back in an Excel spreadsheet on "Dilemma"?— GIANTS4EVER (@ScottieBeam) January 18, 2017
No, NELLY did. pic.twitter.com/nmtcfWtnOk
Drake vs. Nelly:— Nate (@BurberryArmrest) January 17, 2017
Nelly wins off he strength of this pic.twitter.com/pbtPGqEcWn
I agree that Drake has more "hits" than Nelly, but Nelly's music did more for the pop culture— Ryan Belk (@rbelk_94) January 17, 2017
If we wanna talk about what Drake would've been in Nelly's era, be real, he would've been run out the game when those ref tracks surfaced.— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) January 17, 2017
Nelly #1 records: 4— Chase Peso (@Peso_NYC) January 18, 2017
Drake #1 records: 1
Nelly Top 10 singles: 10
Drake Top 10 singles: 11
I don't like drake but he's 1000x better than nelly. Or at least his ghostwriter is— Kyle Eisenhauer (@eisenhauer_kyle) January 18, 2017
Drake is gonna bag Ashanti just because of this Nelly debate. Smh— Malc (@eh_kees) January 18, 2017
Did Nelly ever host SNL? Or have his ENTIRE album (every song) chart on the Billboard Hot 100? Case closed. Drake in a landslide.— Mike Ill (@mikeillofficial) January 18, 2017
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