With Nothing Was The Same rapidly approaching, Drake drops a new track to give ears to the eagerly awaiting fans. Since “Started From The Bottom”, Drake has previewed his undoubtable versatility on many tracks. His latest released songs such as “The Motion”, “Jodeci Freestyle” and “Versace” (Migos’ track) show that the Toronto native is not shy of changing styles – why? Because he can do it, effortlessly.
This track features both G.O.O.D artists, 2 Chainz and Big Sean, for who Drake is familiar with after previous collaborations on such tracks as “Made”, “No Lie”, “F**kin Problem” and “All Of The Lights (Remix)”. The intro features a small skit from the film ‘Funny People’, Drake posted a picture quoting Aziz Ansari a few days before the track was released. He normally preps his fans unconsciously as nobody really knows what he’s saying, but there are always expectations if Drake is being cryptic on Twitter or Instagram. The hook is ignorant and cocky, no wonder, he’s the leader of the new school of hip-hop, when he raps “I’ve got everything”, he’s not really lying. A catchy Drake hook leads on to spark a hit and that’s exactly what Drizzy has got here. Chainz’ verse however is weaker than expected, the same goes for Big Sean, their verses aren’t bad, but they’re mediocre in comparison to how the hook and Drake’s verse generously exceed. The whole scheme about coming up by himself is a good direction for Drake to be heading, when you’re on top of your game in hip-hop, you need to be ignorant and cocky. That’s what a lot of critics said J. Cole lacked on his Born Sinner album; but Drake is almost on a different stratosphere. Drake is being the opinionated person that he is throughout his verse as he raps, “…heard your new shit, nigga, hated it”, as followed by “I get paid a lot, you get paid a bit; and my latest shit is like the greatest hits”.
Altogether, Drizzy is raising the bar for the rest of hip-hop and also raising the bar of expectations for the album.
September 17th, Nothing Was The Same. OVO.