Last night, I had planned on falling asleep at a reasonable hour. Everything was going according to plan, until Drake released Draft Day out of the blue.
Naturally I spent the next hour annotating Drake’s lyrics on Rap Genius while being lulled to sleep by his looped discography on Rdio. I awoke this morning – with 8 hours of his songs seeped into my subconscious – somewhat enlightened. I arrived at the conclusion that Drake more-or-less makes three distinct types of music. With a quintessential track from each, here are the categories:
1) Drive alone late night through Toronto and reflect on troubled relationships while contemplating bad decisions music.
2) Fantasize about obnoxious celebrations of personal triumphs with close friends music.
3) Relatively underprivileged inner-city kid adjusting to new lifestyle while focused on well-being of close friends music.
I shared my epiphany with y’all on Twitter, as well as my theory that the game would shut down indefinitely if Drake made a Nelly Sweat/Suit-esque double-sided album – one side R&B, the other side straight rap. That’s when the homie Vu Tran asked the question: “Is that sustainable? Does he have 9-12 5AMs in him? Limiting the singing to 2 bars?” Fair. Despite being one of the most talented rappers in the game, Drake is always trying to make R&B songs that consist of him mostly singing. He himself acknowledges this by saying:
Man that boy growing up quick, that boy know he the shit / That boy singing on every song when he know he can spit.
In an interview with MTV, Drake said he never plans to make a straight rap album:
If you wanna listen to Drake music for the rest of your life—I welcome it, I want you to listen to it, I want you to be a part of it—just don’t ever be surprised when I’m singing or using melody. I’m doing that on this album. This album is not some straight rap album, I’ll never do a straight rap album. That’s not how I came into this and that’s never what I’ll do. I make songs for people. I have aspirations to be Marvin Gaye in the back of my head.
Well there goes that. But what if…? To test my theory, I took it upon myself to draft a straight rap album for Mr. Aubrey Graham. Behold, the result of Hamza “45” Khan’s curation:
1) 9am in Dallas
2) Draft Day
4) We Made It
6) Tuscan Leather
7) Over My Dead Body
8) Light Up
9) Worst Behaviour
10) All Me
12) Pound Cake
14) Started From The Bottom
15) 5am in Toronto
Would you cop that? Drop that? Can Drake’s rapping stand on its own? Let me know, y’all.