LeBron had his eye on the Jay-Z spot-until he signed with Miami. I think LeBron's move to Miami to play with his friends exposed some unspoken, interesting truths about the NBA, the same way the first week success of Drake's "Thank Me Later" exposed some unspoken, interesting truths about the current state of hip-hop.
LeBron was protected by froo-froo media interviews, bobbed-and-weaved through fame-related legal troubles (jeopardizing his amateur eligibility at the age of seventeen), and was basically told the same thing every day: he was the best basketball player alive, could be better than Jordan, and no one had the athletic gifts that he had.
Mix that up in a blender, add a dash of everyone wringing his hand to play for their team, and you know what kind of narcissistic disaster that spells.
Drake was a teen-actor turned hip-hop phenom, who grew up in a wealthy suburb with his mother. In contrast to the battle-hardened, unfortunately-circumstanced superstars of hip-hop past, you can see why Drake has so few fans that identify and empathize with his "struggles."
Those of you who follow hip-hop, remember the first time you heard Drake on one of his mix-tapes? I know what you were thinking, because I was probably thinking the same thing.
"This guy is going to change the game. He is going to turn rap upside down with his singing and those ridiculous punch-lines, puns, and metaphors."
Drake's signing to a major label was heavily-hyped, heralded in the music-industry microcosm as much as LeBron's arrival was in the NBA.
Then LeBron basically tickled the [redacted] of Cleveland fans for seven years while failing to deliver them an NBA Championship, and then took off for Miami. You saw this, Michael saw this, and thought to yourself what Michael said out loud:
"There's no way I would have called up Larry, called up Magic, and said, 'Hey look. Let's get together and play on one team... I was trying to beat those guys."
The same goes for Drake; instead of killing people on his tracks like his mentor Lil' Wayne, Drake wants a feature to sing background vocals on an Alicia Keys track. My forehead will become flat if I discuss all the whining about being famous Drake did on "Thank Me Later", so let's leave that where it is.
All of this hating wouldn't be complete without a proper appraisal of their skills: the nail isn't on the coffin, just yet. LeBron is still, athletically, the most supremely gifted player the NBA has ever seen. Drake's lyrical ability and uncanny wit are still a huge asset to hip-hop. It's what both of them do with it in the coming years, however, that will judge their legacy.