Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and Drake recently dropped a two new singles, so by musical law, at least of one of them has to become extremely overhyped and make its way to the top of the charts faster than he’ll defend himself when someone claims he’s an actor and not a rapper.
That sounded a bit too aggressive, but I just have a problem with a majority of Drake’s new material. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are a multitude of Drake songs that I actually enjoy, such as “Forever”, “Headlines”, “Energy”, “6 God”, “Pop Style”, “KMT”, and “Glow”. Now, notice something about these songs. All the ones I mentioned that came out before “Hotline Bling” were all hits (besides for “6 God”), and the ones that came out after are pretty unknown (“Pop Style” did get some attention, but the song it came out with, “One Dance”, definitely got a brighter spotlight).
See, “Hotline Bling” became a turning point in Drake’s career. He had made love songs before, but “Hotline Bling” was different. For one, it became much more popular than any of his romantic tracks before it, but the main point is that “Hotline Bling” was a pretty lazy song. The beat just ripped off D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha” and the lyrics were so contradicting and short-sighted that I’m surprised it got past some of the hardcore feminists. I mean, the song is about Drake leaving the city for a long time for his career and expecting his girlfriend, which he only uses for late night booty calls, to stay put and wait patiently for him to come back. He literally tells her that she used to “be a girl good” by staying at home. Drake released this in 2016, so maybe he should have thought about some of his lyrics before releasing it. But, practically no one seemed to point this out and the song enjoyed viral success.
This set a precedent for Drake. No longer did he have to put a major amount of effort into his songs. He could croon his way through a song while sounding like he took too many sleeping pills and get a lot of money off it, so he has been doing that with his hits ever since. “One Dance” was basically the same song as “Hotline Bling” with a dancehall beat and a couple features, and “Fake Love” was one of the most redundant songs of early 2017, with the chorus and pre-chorus being longer than both of the verses. Now, I’m not going to hate on anyone that says they like “Hotline Bling”, or any of these other songs, for that matter, but most can admit that Drake has changed his style over the years, especially in his hits. It has been a while since he has had a major hit that contained rapping without any or a minimal amount of melodies in it. In my perspective, it feels like a sellout move, even if he did sing before. And, after listening to this new track, “God’s Plan“, I can prove my point.
“Yeah, they wishin’ and wishin’ and wishin’ and wishin’
They wishin’ on me, yuh”
Even in the intro, it does not sound like Drake is trying. Putting aside his drab delivery of these lyrics, I’ve heard this a hundred times from Drake now. He was saying people were wishing against him in his Meek Mill diss tracks, his song “Work” with Rihanna, and he’s said it so many times at this point that I’m pretty sure he actually has the mafia on his tail, and they’re the ones wishing on him. It’s a possibility, I guess.
“I been movin’ calm, don’t start no trouble with me
Tryna keep it peaceful is a struggle for me”
What are you trying to keep peaceful? Your temper? That makes a bit of sense. If he is moving calm, he would not want people trying to start the metaphorical “trouble” he speaks of.
“Don’t pull up at 6 AM to cuddle with me
You know how I like it when you lovin’ on me”
Wait, so you were talking to this girl in the previous lines? He does not say anything to prove otherwise, he just goes into this. And if so, stop being an a-hole to women, Drake! You say you don’t want trouble from her, but you literally just told her all you want from her is sex. It might be different if you’re a rap star, but I do not think most girls would be calm and peaceful if you told them that.
“I don’t wanna die for them to miss me”
You’ve been dropping new material every year for almost the past decade. You have to give people some time for them to miss you.
“Yes, I see the things that they wishin’ on me
Hope I got some brothers that outlive me
They gon’ tell the story, sh*t was different with me”
Are you still talking to the girl here, or have you just gone on to another topic without any kind of transition? I’m guessing it’s the latter.
“God’s plan, God’s plan
I hold back, sometimes I won’t, yuh”
So you’re saying it is God’s Plan for you to…not hold back? Or are you holding back in this case? Am I missing something in these lyrics here?
“I feel good, sometimes I don’t, ayy, don’t”
Deep thoughts with Drake.
Wow, this song really isn’t turning out that good so far. I mean, I did not expect to strike gold, but this is more like I found fluoride in a platinum mine. It feels like he gathered all the stereotypes of his music and smashed them together into one steaming pile. I mean, he’s got most of it down: saying people are wishing bad on him, talking about a girl, being overly melodramatic. There is not one stereotype of his own self he missed in this. I think if I find another one, I’m just going to call it a Drakeotype.
“I go hard on Southside G, yuh, wait
I make sure that north-side eat
It’s a lot of bad things
That they wishin’ and wishin’ and wishin’ and wishin’
They wishin’ on me”
Oh, this is another great Drakeotype. Being a rapper, he has to talk about all the things a hardcore thug would do, like repping for his city, but he cannot forget to try to elicit sympathy from the audience. “Oh, poor Drake, with all those millions, people just will not stop wishing bad on him. Whatever will he do?” I thought rappers just waved that kind of stuff off by shoving money in our faces or something. I would rather that right now.
“She say, “Do you love me?” I tell her, “Only partly”
I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry”
I feel like if Drake was not a famous celebrity, he would be the kind of Instagram user who always shows off his abs is an overall douche but tries to be relatable to his audience, even if the only emotion he can get across is self-conceit. You know exactly what type of person I’m talking about. Maybe Drake is the black Jacob Sartorius.
Dang, I can’t even talk about this song anymore. It is bad: terribly bad. Even for a modern Drake song. As usual, his voice sounds sleepier than a Xanax addict, and the beat is so uncreative that it sounds like it would fit any autotuned trap rapper. Even the mixing of the beat sounds like it was done on phone speaker. Drake, you have millions of dollars, I’m sure you can afford better mixing. I could probably afford better mixing, and I’m a random internet critic who is eating candy hearts in the middle of the night trying to pump a song review on a $200 computer. There isn’t much competition on my end. And, the lyrics. Ugh, do we even have to go over them again. They are literally nothing special for a Drake song. I’ve forgotten most of the lyrics already, and I just typed them down. I don’t know how you can get more stereotypical than this. I’m not saying you cannot like this song, but I’m giving it a 1 out of 5. Do you agree?
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