Catching Up with Drake, 2011-2013
Inspired by Drake's controversial "Wu-Tang Forever" (controversial at least for those who can't stand Drake, much less him associating by name-check with the hip-hop legends), let's use a GZA lyric from "Shadowboxin'" to describe the Canadian's pop chart omnipresence: "We reign all year round from June to June." Indeed, there may be little need to recount what Mr. Graham has done in the 20 months since his last album, the platinum smash Take Care. That album yielded seven hit singles, six of which were certified gold and/or platinum. His cameos ranged from A$AP Rocky's "F*ck*n Problems" to Meek Mill's "Amen" and Future's "Tony Montana." If you've listened to the radio during the past two years, you were bound to hear his voice.
However, there are a few treats here for those of you that don't scour the web for anything that Drake has recorded. There's "Over Here" by Partynextdoor, an R&B artist signed to Drake's OVO imprint. There's Migos' rap hit "Versace." And, of course, there is his latest collaboration with Toronto homie The Weeknd, "Live For." With two hours of music, this playlist serves as a back story to Drake's new album, Nothing Was the Same.