Listen: Drake, “Wu-Tang Forever” (Prod. by 40)

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I can’t even front, compared to this time two years ago when Take Care was inching closer and closer, my hype levels for Nothing Was the Same are significantly less palpable.  Now, that’s not to say the material we’ve heard this year don’t fall right in line with what we’ve come to expect from Heartbreak Drizzy, particularly “Hold On We’re Going Home” and “Stahted Started From the Bottom“, it’s just that two years ago Drake was in the rarest of form.  In the months leading up to Take Care we got “Trust Issues”, “Free Spirit“, “I’m On One”, “Round of Applause (Remix)”, “Headlines”, and “Marvin’s Room” almost all of which I consider to be certified classics.  Thus, you can imagine my trepidation.

Enter “Wu-Tang Forever”.  Drake’s go to hit-maker Noah “40” Shebib comes up pretty clutch on this track lacing Drake with a syrupy bass line and drum pattern over an ominous piano loop that invokes memories of So Far Gone.  Drake does his best Drake impression, switching between wistful croons and raps championing Toronto and his current status at rap’s winners table.  Aside from the sensationalistic title, everything here is pretty much top notch; keep ’em coming Drizzy.   Nothing Was the Same is out September 24th.