Posts Tagged ‘drake’
Although I shouldn’t be needing to make excuses for what I deem to be good music, I’ll say it again: the fact that these are Rick Ross tracks means nothing. Not everything has to be super deep and intraspective, and sometimes you just want some music to chill to. The featured artists on “Maybach Music III” are T.I., Jadakiss & Erykah Badu, while the features on “Aston Martin Music” are Drake & Chrisette Michelle (clearly if I wrote that in the header it would make for one long ass header). Without a doubt the highlight of these two tracks are the beats by Just Undeniably Some of The Illest Composers Ever, especially on “MM3″. The orchestral arrangement evokes the imagery of high-class lavish living ridiculously well, which more than makes up for Jadakiss’ headache-inducing whine. Apparently, the final version of “Aston Martin Music” will have more Drake, in case you’re curious.
“I’m reading lost words out of the apocrypha”
One more off of I’m Better Than You, which is shaping up to be quite the mixtape. The beat has been thrown around alot ever since the initial leak, and now it’s Mickey’s turn to do his work on it. He doesn’t pull of any triple entendres or make any unecessary Kelsey Grammar shout-outs, but he still does do justice to the instrumental. The biggest difference between this project and #ALPHA seems to be that Mickey is going back to mixtape basics with I’m Better Than You and focussing on showing off his lyrical talents as opposed to going for a general theme or concept, and it seems to be working for him so far.
Download: Mickey Factz – “Light Up” Freestyle
According to HitsDailyDouble, Drake’s TML first-week haul docks in at around 463K. So what does that mean in the grand scheme of things? Drake said that he’d be extremely happy if he pushed 400K units, so it looks like he’ll be content with the sales. But for an album that was hyped to being everything just short of hip-hop’s gift from God, does that number translate into a success or a flop? To really evaluate the situation, you’ve got to look at several key points and lessons learned.
First and foremost, as an ambassador of the Great White North and more specifically Toronto, Drake pulled through. For a city with a hip-hop history almost as long as NYC’s, it was incredible to see people finally coming together for one of their one artists. Sure, Choclair and the rest of the megacity vets are household names for hip-hop fans who reside here. But this is the first time I can recall music fans of all levels and ages flocking to CD stores to cop a home-grown product. For making this city that much less screwface, Drake wins on the home front. You can also mark TML as a success nationally for breaking platinum in a week (even though Canadian platinum means 80K…go ahead and laugh).
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I’m not a fan of these kind of multi-posts since it means not being able to give as much attention to each song/piece of news, but this will save my ass time-wise so here you go.
First order of business is some good news by way of Toronto singer/rapper/songwriter/producer, k-os. After several albums, he will be dropping his first mixtape, The Anchorman Mixtape, July 23rd. Word is the tape will be for the most part strictly spitting, and there will be a Drake collabo on it. Let’s hope this tape won’t go the way of Jay Electronica’s Act II or Ski Beatz’s 24 Hour Karate School. Spotted @ CityOnMyBack.
New music from Big Boi, Diggy, Cee-Lo and Wale after the jump.
The worst part about posting tracks from a major upcoming project is not having to spoil the surprise by listening to them pre-release date, but having to post 1001 different manifestations of the same damn song. The progression from radio rips and snippets to CDQ versions is obviously part of the big plan: you can increase the time your name spends at the top of a major site by having each song posted about 3 times each. The tough thing about leaks for an artist is that you can embrace them and ride the publicity wave at the cost of more potential bootleggers, or you can crack down on them at the cost of not having much to keep the public’s attention during the lead-up to a major release. This version of “Shut It Down” comes equipped with some mellow, slow-tempo spitting from Jimmy, which is a forte of his. I’m still not feeling the autotuning, but it is what it is.
Drizzy slows it down for this jam and gets Alicia to help with the chorus which draws a comparison of having a love like fireworks. The song itself is a quality slow it down type song which Drake excels at and the single potential will certainly be boosted by the addition of Ms. Keys. The two also collabed recently for the “Unthinkable” remix but seeing as this is his song we get to hear a few more verses from Drake in this one. Thank Me Later is dropping in June so keep looking out for the songs which a lot have made their way to the net. Props to Fader for the link.
EDIT: I wasn’t going to put two Drake songs back to back on the site so instead I added it onto previous song. What can I say? It is Drake and Jay-Z, one is the hottest new artists and the other is arguably one of the greatest still in the game today so there isn’t much else that needs to be said. Grab both stream/download links below the break and shouts Nappy Afro for the link.
I am glad I didn’t post “Unforgettable” when it dropped yesterday because I hate doubling up posts on an artist so soon after posting another song. Also there are several accounts out there that Boi-1da is going to rework the drums for “Unforgettable” so take that into consideration when you listen to it. Both of the tracks feature heavy hitters in the industry and showcase the type of feature heavy album that Thank Me Later is going to be when it drops later this year. Grab the downloads and tracklist after the break. Shouts to HNM for the tracks!
With TML dropping on the 15th, How I Got Over on the 22nd, June is shaping up to be a fine month for albums. And with Eminem, Blu, Shad, Lupe and others all planning to release albums by year’s end, if you don’t cop at least one CD this year, then there is definitely something wrong with you. After the break are the tracklistings for both albums, with features stated. I’m probably not the only one who feels a bit disappointed that How I Got Over will only be 9 tracks long, but anything new from the house of ?uest and Thought is alright with me. EDIT: ?uestlove cleared things up and said that this will actually be The Roots’ 11th album, and as such there will be 11 tracks (tracklist updated after the jump). Technically, this will be the 9th album from the Legendary Roots Crew to feature new material, but when you count their ’99 live CD and their 2-volume compilation set, then How I Got Over would indeed be number eleven.
Also after the jump, grab Drake’s “9 AM In Dallas”, which he wrote today at, well, 9 AM in Dallas. I don’t feel like writing another Drake post, which is why I’m just shoving it into this post. Jimmy shut it down on this one, so check it out.
In terms of the tracks off TML that the public has been given a taste of, this one seems to be getting the most people excited. As stated above in the header, although we finally get to hear the song in its entirety, there’s still radio DJ banter on top of the track, but not so much that it makes “Miss Me” impossible to listen to. It’s going to be interesting to see how this album sells. On one hand, there’s the ridiculous hype for Drake, which we all by now know about. On the other, although that hype has translated into critical acclaim and buzz within the hip-hop realm, he still hasn’t found that smash single yet to give him a chance at breaking platinum with Thank Me Later. We’ll see what happens when this finally drops June 15.
There has been talk whether this song would get the remix treatment and a lot of people I heard said that they would prefer it be left alone. Well now we have an official remix and although it doesn’t add much to the already great track I don’t think it messed it up considerably either. He has the one very short verse in the beginning and then the rest is taken by Alicia’s original version of the song. Drake is also a natural fit for R&B remixes since his style isn’t aggressive and since he sings himself he usually can find the smoothest transition possible between his verses and Alicia’s. Overall my assessment is very “meh” for this remix but I can’t hate on it either and fully expect it to get lots of rotation due to the greatness of the original and because Drake is a natural hype machine.