Drake’s “Nice For What” Song Review

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and while it’s been a few weeks since Drake released this song (as of me writing this), it’s still high up on the charts, so I guess I should review it.

I made a post a while ago about the Toronto rapper’s other recent song “God’s Plan”, and putting it simply, my feelings for it were not the most favorable.  While this song has definitely made its mark as one of Drake’s greatest hits, I thought most aspects of the song were very weak.  The beat, flows, and singing were not very good, and the lyrics were a mishmosh compilation of all of Drake’s musical stereotypes.  Now that he’s released a new song, I am not expecting anything different.  I usually try to go into songs with a free mind, but why should I here?  Drake never does anything different nowadays!  This new song is probably just going to be about him being famous and getting ladies but still expecting sympathy out of us, the listener.  Hell, it’s just going to be “God’s Plan part 2”, isn’t it?

Everybody get your mothaf*ckin’ roll on
I know shorty and she doesn’t want no slow song
Had a man last year, life goes on
Haven’t let that thing loose, girl, in so long

Oh…um, this is different.  Continue.

You’ve been inside, know you like to lay low
I’ve been peepin’ what you bringin’ to the table
Workin’ hard, girl, everything paid for
First-last, phone bill, car note, cable

Wow, I actually wasn’t expecting this.  Who would have thought that Drake–Drake of all people!–was going to make a female empowerment song.  Sure, it’s not like this track screams “Girl Power” or anything, but what else am I supposed to make of a song that is narrating the story of an independent woman who has her life together and does not feel ashamed about letting loose?  Sounds like a good female empowerment anthem to me.

With your phone out, gotta hit them angles
With your phone out, snappin’ like you Fabo
And you showin’ off, but it’s alright
And you showin’ off, but it’s alright (alright!)
It’s a short life, yeah

This little pre-chorus describes the part of the girl letting loose pretty well.  We can assume she is in the club or some place like it as she takes pictures of herself there.  As Drake says, there is no shame in this, either, as she has her life together and deserves show off a bit.

That’s a real one in your reflection
Without a follow, without a mention
You really pipin’ up on these n*ggas
You gotta be nice for what to these n*ggas?

And this refrain is a great way of looping the track back into some common “girl empowerment anthem” themes, specifically how she does not need a man to do what she does.  I’ll say it again; I did not expect this kind of song from Drake.

Also, I think it would be a good time to mention how great this beat is.  I’m usually not one to go crazy over Drake beats, as many are not exceptionally good, but this Lauryn Hill sample practically makes this track!  Her pitched up voice fits perfectly in the beat like a snug glove, and Murda Beatz’s trap-styled percussion gives this a radio-ready feel while also not sounding totally commercial like “God’s Plan” did.  I congratulate the producers on this track.  Good job!

I understand, you got a hunnid bands
You got a baby Benz, you got some bad friends
High school pics, you was even bad then
You ain’t stressin’ off no lover in the past tense
You already had them
Work at 8 A.M., finish ’round five

The second verse pretty much walks the same lines as the first verse, but it gives this song some consistency, so I really don’t mind it.  One could also say it goes a bit deeper into the themes mentioned in the first verse, like giving a bit more info on her job and class status, so it works well for a second verse.  The only line I really don’t like is:

Gotta hit the club, gotta make that ass jump

I know it’s the girl’s choice to shake her butt in this scenario, but I do not know many instances where twerking is a sign of feminism and female empowerment.  It’s usually the opposite.  I could get mad about this line and rant on how Drake really doesn’t know anything about girls, but I think I’ll let it slide this time, mainly because this song has so many other great aspects.

Overall, Drake impressed me here.  This is definitely not a continuation of “God’s Plan”.  As I said before, the beat on here is marvelous, the sample blending well with the trap instrumentals.  Drake’s lyrics on here give us a topic he has never touched on before, and while there are certainly more and better ways to make a feminist song, I think this track does a fine job at accomplishing its goal.  Even his singing is not bad on here, as he doesn’t sound like he just downed a bottle of Xanax.  There are some parts that I don’t like, of course, like that last line I mentioned and the corny vocal chopping at the end of the track.  However, this track is still a good one.  I’d give this song a 3.5 out of 5.  Do you agree?

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