These days everybody wants to be cool, hip, and “different.” But with the latest personalities, styles, and overall attitudes each getting their fair share of lime light from recognizable figures, there has been a bit of a disturbance among the many others who don’t receive this same attention. Thus, brings us to the creation of the topic at hand “Culture Vultures.”

With this name coming about in late 2015 still being placed among many celebrities, it’s accurate if anything to say that we are in full bloom of the “culture vulture” era heading into the rest of 2017. But for those who still aren’t exactly clear what a culture vulture is, let me break it down for you. According to UrbanDictionary.com, a culture vulture is someone who steals traits, language and/or fashion from another ethnic or social group in order to create their own identity. Some examples of people who have been dubbed as culture vultures by the media (via social media) include the likes of Drake, white people, Torey Lanez, white people, Iggy Azelia , basically every rapper that well known, oh yeah and did I mention white people? Nonetheless, culture vultures have been beamed on lately with a negative light. Some might see it as hate and other might see it as fact but my point is not to agree or disagree but to ask who, why, and then to conclude with the simple question, does it even matter? And if being a culture vulture is so negative why haven’t the likes of past artist, producers, and overall creators been dubbed with this same label?

A prime example that everyone would be familiar with is Drake. Aubrey Graham, better known if not only known as Drake has recently taken a liking to the whole Jamaican/dance hall wave that’s been around in Jamaica for decades. He’s shown this interest effortlessly within his music with songs like Controlla and One Dance on his latest album. Now even though the majority of the world is absolutely in love with literally everything Drake does, there is a small group of people with voices ten times louder than there actually size that have dubbed Drake as “culture vulture.” He also received this label in the past for showing intrest in the now emerging superstar Kodak Black. Now we’ve already answered the who and the why, now it’s time to answer why does this even matter. And with all honesty it doesn’t because from a factual point of view Drake alone has shined so much light on the Jamaican culture as a whole they should honestly be thanking him because what’s being shinned is coming from a positive energy source. In other words, there is nothing bad being done while Drake “steals the dance hall wave.” Should Drake have kept Popcaan on the album version of the song controlla? In my opinion hell yeah because his verse was a solidifying stamp to the song but that seems like it was more of an executive decision. Plus, when the song was released as a single he got his credit and now there are plenty different ethnic groups who know who Popcaan is now which im sure is benefiting his career.

Now there are people saying that Drake actually stole the song as a whole from Popcaan but to further improve my case here, stealing something from somebody completely and being a culture vulture is two totally different things. There is a difference between being inspired and just stealing someones talent from them. And at the end of the day we all know Aubrey is from Canada so its not like he’s out here rep’n the island tings all across the world.

To conclude, there are indeed many blurred lines within being called a culture vulture and why. So with that being said whether you’re a culture vulture or not just be yourself and if you like something just openly admit that you just like it and that you enjoy the vibes along with this specific thing that might not originally be from your culture. At the the end of the day internet sensation Slim Jesus did this so that makes it okay now, right?

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