21 Savage appeared on DJ Akademiks' 'Off The Record' podcast on Spotify and explained why he believes Future is more popular than Drake in Atlanta, debatably the hottest hub for modern hip-hop trends.
"If I wasn't a rapper, I don't feel like I still would listen to Drake, for real," he said. "It's just, I’m a rapper so I understand the work he put in and how hard he goes. Like, when you ain't no rapper, all those statistics don't mean sh*t."
Savage explained that even though Drake holds all sorts of Billboard chart records, a "regular street n***a" doesn't care about that. They would likely rather listen to Future for his classic mixtape catalog.
"In Atlanta, there’s a lot of n****s who you really can't tell them that Future ain’t bigger than Drake," he continued. "I used to think that. Drake ain’t really no big mixtape artist like that."
In a tweet, Savage doubled-down on the angle that for music fans his age (28) in Atlanta, Future is more influential thanks to mixtapes like 'Dirty Sprite,' 'Beast Mode' and many more.
Not only is Future from Atlanta but when Savage was in high school back in the late 2000s, Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms weren't widely used. So, many rap fans looked toward iTunes and physical stores for mainstream albums instead of underground, digital-only mixtapes.
As someone who was featured on 'Certified Lover Boy,' Savage isn't hating on Drake, just speaking from his own experience.
The two still appear to be cool, as Drizzy commented, "Agile," on the below video of Savage tripping and nearly falling while rocking an arena alongside J. Cole. "This the closest I’ll ever be to falling off…" he captioned the post.
Savage and Cole are trekking the States together for "The Off-Season Tour."