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Funk Flex Shares Top 50 Living MCs List, Puts Drake In Top Five Despite Having “Questionable Pen”

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Drake wasn’t the only rapper to get a “questionable pen” marker on the list either.

Just as we thought that we’d gotten a break from celebrities and notable figures in hip-hop sharing their top rapper lists, Funk Flex has made a list of his own.

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Focused on the top 50 living MCs, Flex chose his list based on “skill level (bars),” “body of work” and “impact.” Most of his top five is pretty safe (Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Nas, Rakim) except for who he places at the number five spot — Drake. It’s worth noting that he marked the Canadian rapper with a “questionable pen” marker, which is likely a reference to his alleged use of ghostwriters for his music.

Drake wasn’t the only one to be branded with a questionable pen descriptor though. Kanye West, who Flex placed at number 17, also received the marker.

Drake has previously spoken about ghostwriter claims against him. In a 2015 interview with the Fader, he said:

“I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don’t mind that,” he said. “If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up — you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where — I’m OK with it being me. It’s just, music at times can be a collaborative process, you know? Who came up with this, who came up with that — for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point. And I’m not ashamed.”

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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