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Beats Per Millennium - Drake: So Far Gone

Drake: So Far Gone

If I were to flip through my television channels and notice “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, I would bypass it in a heartbeat. Not because I think I am too good to watch it, but because I simply don’t find the Noggin channel appetizing. Noggin is typically viewed by teens in their premature age of taking the first step into self-discovery. I’m not here to bash on teenyboppers or anything; I am just flabbergasted that recording artist Drake (Aubrey Graham), a young man of seductive, hard raps, fell into stardom through “Degrassi”.

22-year-old Drake arrived on the music scene in 2006 with his first mix-tape, Room for Improvement. People thoroughly enjoyed it and were left wanting more from the then unknown rapper. Since then he has created three mix-tapes, including his most recent, So Far Gone. Not bad for a Noggin child, eh?

So Far Gone, so far, has created quite some hype in the hip-hop world. Drake’s summer smash hit, “Best I Ever Had”, was a victorious move for his first single (even though it’s not on the mix-tape). It’s smooth, it’s full of male ego and it’s beyond mesmeric; nobody should be ashamed to say they dig this song. That includes not only our sexy ladies but also our innocent ladies out there, because although it has some vulgar conceptions about sexing his woman up, women should take some tips from what Drake claims to like: “Sweat pants, hair tied, chillin with no makeup on / That’s when you’re the prettiest I hope that you don’t take it wrong.”

Moving along with male ego seeping out the corners of the album would be Drake’s “Unstoppable” collaboration featuring Santigold and Lil Wayne. Weezy and Drake rap about how they are “almost perfect.” They’ve earned all they have, including condos, pride in their name and “a decent set of manners / And a job that fills up any schedule or a planner.” Speaking of the fame of these artists, Drake and Wayne join with Trey Songz on “Successful”, which tells the story of how “nothing’s realer” than living in a bubble of swag, money, cars and hoes. Hey…I don’t blame him for wanting that kind of life.

Drake throws a calmer, more tropical style out there with “Let’s Call It Off”, featuring Peter Bjorn and John. At first I was skeptical of mixing rap with such a Beach Boys kind of feel, but I suppose it’s one of those hears that grows on ya. It belongs in a category of 21st Century Tropicals along with Weezer’s “Island In The Sun.”

Oh but let’s not forget how persuasive this guy can be. Listening to “Houstatlantavegas” makes me do nothing but imagine what it would be like to…well, you know what I mean. The ladies do, at least. And So Far Gone has a lot of these sexy but sweet and soulful tracks on the album. Check out “Brand New”, “A Night Off” and “Little Bit” if you want a more intimate sound from Drizzy.

Now don’t mistake me for jumping the “I Love Drake” bandwagon – when he makes a hit, he knows it’s going above and beyond – but that doesn’t mean everything he spits is worthy of a home run. There is a lot of room to improve his entire game: raps, swagger, true dignity behind the lyrics, blah blah blah. Then again, who couldn’t use a little more development? Drake better learn to go hard if he is going to be hangin’ around Weezy’s Young Money crew. We’ll see how he does with his first studio album, Thank Me Later, which is set to be released later this year.

Mika Tatich

Posted by Mike Denslow at Jul 14, 2009 03:44 PM


I love degrassi the next generation it is just fun and sexy to wacth.
I want to see more kissimg and more sex on tv.

lauryn lawlor · Jul 16, 08:29 PM · #