On Friday, January 19th, Canadian born and America’s beloved Drake released two new songs from his EP, Scary Hours. It nearly broke the internet. It’s been almost a year since a full Drake project was released. For those fans who take to Drake releases as Tyrone Biggums from the Chappelle Show takes to his favorite white substance; it’s been a long time coming.
The two songs in title are, God’s Plan and Diplomatic Immunity. The Hip Hop community wasn’t too thrilled though. There were some people who looked at this as the return of a champion. Other’s viewed it as a sub par rapper maintaining his relevance by dropping two unexpected tracks.
The true winners here are Drake fans. There is no denying that. No one loves Drake as much as his fans. They are some of the most die hard people one will ever meet. And that fan base is growing. Drake has reached world wide popularity. With no signs of slowing down. His fame and talent have allowed him to be the epicenter of some of Hollywood’s biggest tabloids. One of the highlight from the two songs, comes from Diplomatic Immunity, where he mentions a failed relationship with J Lo. And throws some slight shade towards A Rod. Still, with the pettiness given, the hip hop community wasn’t jumping for joy over the releases.
Why isn’t the hip hop community not overly excited about this album? It’s fair to say some do not see Aubrey Graham as a real hip hop artist, and some will never see him that way. The reason could come from his former days of Degrassi (Jimmy), or it could stem from the fact when you listen to a Drake record you feel more as though you’re listening to an R. Kelly single. Whatever the reason, Drake has climbed his way up the hip hop charts. He’s solidified himself as a top heavy hitter.
I took some time during my Saturday night to review the songs. As expected, they’re typical Drake. Smooth sound, with little jabs here and there. I enjoyed the songs, as a casual listener. I wasn’t comparing these songs to Biggie Smalls hits or songs from Tupac. You have to take Drake for what he is; an entertainer. And I was entertained.
We’re still awaiting the release of the full EP, Scary Hours. I’ll have more of a review then. But until then fans and antagonist can listen to Diplomatic Immunity and God’s Plan on most if not all digital streaming services.
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