Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Drake: Making "Headlines," Since 2006
Honesty is key in life, blogging, and music. With that said, I've been a moderate fan of Aubrey "Drake" Graham since the beginning; Keeping up to date with his assorted releases, for the most part... But I must admit, I strongly favor a handful of songs over the bulk of Drake's backcataloged entries. I just wish that Mr. Graham would either stick with rapping or run with singing R&B stylings - As I, and other fans, would then indeed garner a lot more respect for him as an artist. From the looks of this newly-released Lamar Taylor & Hyghly Alleyne-directed video, it seems as though Drake has fully embraced a SWAGGER-filled "Rap" persona, as of late.
Excluding "Over" (2010), "Headlines" is by far the strongest original Drake composition I've heard since So Far Gone's break-out hit, "Best I Ever Had" (2009). Universal Republic is pushing this hard-hitting Boi-1da/Noah "40" Shebib-crafted banger as album #2, Take Care's lead single. The collection's Oct. 24th release date is without a doubt quickly approaching; While an official tracklist has yet to surface... highly possible Take Care collaborators are rumored to include: Stevie Wonder, Jamie xx [The xx], The Neptunes, Q-Tip, Little Brother, Rick Ross, Florence Welch, Lil' Wayne, Abel Tesfaye [The Weeknd], and a reunited "TLC."