Drake stole the show with the catchy chorus, but this is a good single for 2 Chainz.
I don’t think this will do too hot on the radio waves, but it’ll do real well via blogs, YouTube, internet etc…
Drake and Rihanna collaborated for Drake’s hit track “Take Care” off of his 2011 album of the same name. Just yesterday, Drake dropped the music video for the track, directed by Yoanna Lemoine (also the director of a couple of Lana Del Rey’s music videos). This video is visually stunning – very minimal, with some interpretive scenes featuring a bull and an African American dancer, likely to symbolize all of the emotions Drake and Rihanna express in their lyrics.
The main takeaways I gathered from the video are:
1. Drake is very awkward when performing by himself. Whether it’s his “dance” moves, his jolting arm movements, or his facial expressions, it’s clear that Drake does better with another at his side. (He looks quite natural stroking Rihanna’s back.)
2. Rihanna, on the other hand, looks about her sexiest in this video. She’s made it clear that she can pull of any hair color or style, and that she can look good in any man’s arms. Just please, RiRi, stay out of Chris Brown’s.
Rihanna 1, Drake 0
I know you’ve been hurt by someone else/ I can tell by the way you carry yourself.
If you let me, here’s what I’ll do/ I’ll take care of you/ I’ve loved and I’ve lost.
First of all, let me just say that I can’t spell “weekend” right anymore, and it’s becoming a problem.
Second of all, this remix is fire. A few days ago Abel posted a live video of it, pleading to Shlohmo to “please release an official version” of it. Now, just two days later, Abel’s request has been fulfilled as he dropped the official version of the remix on his Tumblr just minutes ago. The production here takes “Crew Love” to an entirely different place. The original song was already pretty airy and screwed, but Shlohmo takes it even further with an atmospheric backdrop and a manly-sounding Drake (wait what?). I think it’s really cool to see The Weeknd and Shlohmo interacting. A collaboration between the two (past this) would make a lot of sense to me. But anyway, check out the remix below and look for more music from both artists in the future.
That OVO and that XO is everything you believe in, I know…
I bet you didn’t think I had a soft side, eh? And Lana Del Rey’s lips as the mixtape cover? I’m proud of myself for that one.
I’m a closet freak for songs like these ones here. I may (or may not) have used a sexual term to describe how I feel and I’m not even sure if it makes sense.
- “Big Girl, Big City” – Bei Maejor
- “Heavenly Beautiful” – Bei Maejor
- “Cruel” – De-Lor
- “Marvin’s Room” – Drake
- “There Will Be Tears” – Frank Ocean
- “Queen of Hearts” – Jason Derulo
- “Stuck In The Middle” – Jay Sean ft. Jared Cotter
- “Douchebag” – Lil Eddie
- “Need Your Love” – Sol ft. Ray Dalton
- “Ay Ay Ay” – Taio Cruz
- “Fade” – Timeflies
- “Tell Her Hi” – 2Am Club
Just as with the rest of the world, the music world goes in cycles. Artists creating hit songs today are often building off of their predecessors’ creations. Sometimes I hear a song and think to myself ‘Damn. What an incredible song. Sounds timeless.’ More often than not, it’s because they’re borrowing from a song that was created before their time. Ah, the art of sampling.
So often today, artists use samples that we come to know and love, and I think the origin of the sample often goes unnoticed. The idea of samples has always interested me, particularly in cases when producers dig up samples that I’ve never heard before and turn them into something suddenly so popular. I imagine producers going into old record collections, dusting off cases open cases of records, placing the vinyl on the record player, and hearing a snippet of a song that suddenly inspires them to create something with that bit of a song. I’d be interested to know what they listen for, and whether they’re often looking for something to begin with or they tend to find something while in the act of searching, but I assume each artist goes about it differently. If you’re reading this and you’ve been sample searching, leave a comment with your method of discovery. Either way, I thought I’d introduce (or re-introduce) you guys to some of the songs that have been sampled in popular music today, just so we can take a second to appreciate the origins of those clips.
1. Perhaps the textbook case today. AVICII samples Etta James in his hit song “Levels.” (Disclaimer: Pretty Lights had sampled it before in his song “Finally Moving,” but the song didn’t take off as rapidly as “Levels.”)
MP3: “Levels” – Avicii
2. Kanye West, in his popular song “Champion” off of Graduation, borrowed from Steely Dan‘s song “Kid Charlemagne.”
3. In some examples, artists take a sample and flip it into something that sounds altogether different. In this example, though, Kanye West and Jay-Z stick pretty close to the original in their sampling Otis Redding in their song “Otis.”
4. An artist who’s taking off these days is A$AP Rocky. You may or may not know that he used a sample of The S.O.S. Band‘s “No One’s Gonna Love You” in his song “Peso.”
MP3: “Peso” – A$AP Rocky
5. Love the instrumentals in Drake and Rihanna‘s “Take Care?” Me too. Again, not an original. It’s sampled from Gil Scott-Heron‘s “I’ll Take Care Of U,” but is actually the Jamie xx remix.
Sampled (Jamie xx Remix):
MP3: “Take Care” (ft. Rihanna) – Drake
6. Bet you think that LMFAO knocked it out of the park with their “Party Rock Anthem,” hm? It’s cool, they did. But they had the help of Steve Winwood and his original song “Valerie.” (Sample appears at the 1:02 mark.)
7. Even Common chooses to use samples in some of his songs. In one of his latest efforts, “Blue Sky,” he picked a piece of Electric Light Orchestra‘s “Mr. Blue Sky” to craft his sound.
MP3: “Blue Sky” – Common
8. Eminem dug into the 1975 records to pull out Labi Siffre‘s “I Got The” for his popular song “My Name Is.” Incredible original song, and great use of the sample by Marshall Mathers. (Sample can be heard at the 2:10 mark.)
9. One of my favorite songs recently is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know (ft. Kimbra).” I was fooled originally, thinking this was 100% Gotye’s creation. Turns out, they sampled a Latin song from 1967 by a man named Luiz Bonfa called “Seville.” Incredible find, Gotye and Kimbra!
10. This one is a bit of a more modern sample (2010), so it may to come as obvious to many, but it’s a great one nonetheless. Young rapper Mac Miller borrowed from popular indie-rock artist Sufjan Stevens in his jam “Donald Trump.”
So this has been around for a couple of weeks, but an MP3 of the cover just surfaced so I figured now would be a good time to post.
Anyways, Florence. Girl kills me. First time I heard this it had a pretty powerful effect on me, and I was really taken aback by the power Florence has in her voice. Kind of just blows you away, ya know?
I gave Drake’s “Take Care” a controversially positive review, and while that’s up for debate, the fact that Florence + The Machine killed this cover is not.
Imagine a Florence/Drake collaboration! Damn.
I’ve embedded both Florence’s cover and Drake’s original–let me know which you like more in the comments! I’m curious. As great as this is, Drake’s still takes the cake for me; but, Florence’s is live and not superficially produced, so I gotta give my girl props for that.
Head over to Pigeons and Planes to see the video of Florence performing the cover live.
This album leaked yesterday, and while I normally do not download leaks and instead wait until the final project is officially released, I couldn’t help myself with this one. As soon as it leaked I had an influx of emails, facebook messages, and text messages telling me that I needed to download this “masterpiece.” One friend went as far as calling it Drake’s “magnum opus.” He handled the leak with incredible class, and you have to give it to him for that. Most rappers get on their Twitters to vent frustration, anger, and sometimes straight up violence when they find out their albums have leaked prematurely; Drake handled the situation like a gentleman. He knows how classic this album will become, and he seems to have no concern about the leak.
I need to start this post with a preface: I have never been a Drake fan. I have never gotten excited about a Drake release. I’ve liked a song or two, a single here and there, but I’ve never gotten excited about a release. This album, though, is one that I consider to truly be one of the top 10 hip hop albums ever made. Drake’s flows, clever lyricism, and open, refreshing honesty are all massive assets, and with perfectly chosen production and features, this entire project is an instant classic. This will win a Grammy for Best Album, I am willing to place money on that fact right now. But that does not go far enough–this is not just the best album of the year, it is one of the best hip hop albums of all time. This is Drake’s best project to date, and I am extremely excited to see how this project is received when it finally drops on November 15th. I have uploaded these songs to stream, but we will not be providing any link to the leak. Buy his album; support artistry, support the craft, support the industry, support real music.
1. Drake – Over My Dead Body (10/10)
I listened to this album from start to finish, and this song set an immediate precedent for excellence and realness. 10 out of 10, hell of a way to start things. Drake is talking about his life in the kind of honest way that we see so rarely in mainstream hip hop. Going over a simple piano riff, Drake really lets his voice shine and carry this song. Beautiful hook throughout, and unbelievably honest lyrics throughout. This song gives us a look into Drake feels about all of his past success leading into Take Care, which he must have known would be an incredibly important album both for his career and for hip hop in general.
All these people really discussing my career again, asking me if I’ll be going platinum in a year again. Don’t I got that shit the world wanna hear again?
Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time
2. Drake – Shot For Me (8/10)
Drake starts this song with his singing voice, which is always pretty amazing to hear. Dude’s just got it all: crazy flows, clever, meaningful lyricism, and this unbelievable voice to boot. He doesn’t start rapping until about a minute and 30 seconds into the track, and when he does it’s a really nice change of pace to the song. He talks about relationships a lot throughout this album, especially relationships that have hurt him. While there are artists in mainstream hip hop talk about such relationships, Drake does it in a refreshingly honest and real way as is evident on this track. He ends it with a really beautiful, simply spoken string of well put together lines, kind of like Drake’s 2011 take on Biggie’s classic “Hustler’s Prayer.”
May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, angels protect you, and heaven accept you
3. Drake – Headlines (9.25/10)
I mean I’d almost be shocked if you guys haven’t heard this one yet, it’s been everywhere recently. This is was the lead single, and as such has great pop appeal. That does not mean that Drake’s lyricism or meaning takes a backseat, though. The hook (They know, they know, they know) itself is derived from him saying that his friends “know” that he will cover their case expenses; Drake talks about real issues throughout this entire album and it’s great to see him also do so on the singles. And the way he ends the song? No words.
They saying I’m back, I’d agree with that/ I just take my time with all this shit, I still believe in that/ I had someone tell me I feel off, oooh I needed that / And they wanna see me pick back up, well where I leave it at?
I heard once that they would rather hear about memories than enemies/ Rather hear what was or what will be than what is/ Rather hear how you got it over how much it cost you/ Rather hear about finding yourself than how you lost you/ Rather you make this an open letter about family, and struggle, and then take it forever/ About hearts that you’ve broken and ties that you’ve severed/ No doubt in my mind, that’ll make them feel better
Hit the jump to keep reading the full review.
Drizzy Drake and Lil Wayne dropped a new track today called “The Motto.” Produced by T-Minus, this is the CDQ. This will be featured on Drake’s upcoming release, Take Care. Can hardly believe that Weezy put in the “Oh. My. God. Becky.” line…too funny.
Gearing up for the release of his much anticipated sophomore album, Take Care, Drizzy let loose another single featuring Tunechi. Drake does his thang, crooning over some detuned keys, while Weezy adds some solid bars about experienced shorties. Take Care comes November 14th. Word up to Hypetrak.
Drizzy links up with Nicki for this new one off of Drake’s Take Care. This is just okay in my opinion. Nothing special. Headlines murders this one. It’ll probably grow on me though. Take Care coming soon!
Drizzy just dropped some dope visuals for his latest single, Headlines. You know dude is doing it big when he gets private access to the Rogers Centre where the Toronto Blue Jays play. Nothing too cray out of this video, but still a fun watch and the editing is superb–it’s chopped up to match the flurrying snares of the track.
Some new Drizzy tunage for your listening pleasures! Club Paradise was recorded during the Take Care seessions, his sophomore album. It is unknown if this will make the final cut or not, but nonetheless, he’s still stepping it up. Peep it!
Side note: Produced by 40. Surprise, surprise! And rumor has it he’s dropping more songs tonight, so be on the lookout for this post to be updated.
Hulkshare: Drake – Club Paradise
*UPDATE* Those two tracks I was talking about are here! Drake’s L-Card (Lex Luger virginity) has been officially taken and Free Spirit is niiiiiiiiiiiiice! *insert loso voice*
Hulkshare: Drake ft. Waka Flocka – Round of Applause
Hulkshare: Drake ft. Rick Ross – Free Spirit