Drizzy is back with another late-night drop. Keeping the Scary Hours series alive, Drake returns with an impressive 3 piece to tie fans over ahead of Certified Lover Boy. The pack contains something for everyone: an anthem, a street single, and a pensive buffet of bars alongside Rick Ross.
Up first is ‘What’s Next’ which comes with a visual directed by Theo Skudra. The track has the infectiousness we’ve come to expect from a Drake anthem. The refrain is assured to be finding its way into social media captions with lines like “I’m makin’ a change today/ The liquor been takin’ the pain away,” and “I sit in a box where the owners do/ A boss is a role that I’ve grown into.” The visual takes listeners on a tour around Toronto from the top of the CN Tower, to Young-Dundas Square, under the Gardiner, on the TTC and more.
‘Wants and Needs’ see Drake linking with Lil Baby for a heater. The track has Drake moving between flexing and dropping smirk inducing bars like, “Come with a classic, they come around years later and say it’s a sleeper/ The earrings are real, the petty is real, might charge my ex for a feature.” Lil Baby caps it off with a strong flow and his signature swag.
Anytime Drake & Ross connect you know you’re in for something special. See ‘Lord Knows,’ ‘Aston Martin Music,’ ‘I’m On One,’ and ‘Gold Roses’ if you need a remidner. Adding to the list comes ‘Lemon Pepper Freestyle.’ Ross sets it off proper with the boss delivering tales of opulence mixed with street imagery. After a break allowing the sample to breathe and bare its soul, Drake comes through to bar up. Rapping for 5 minutes with no hook Drake gives us my favorite side of style: introspective, honest, and reflective with more than enough room for flexing. He juxtaposes nostalgia of simple days growing up with his present levels of success that few will ever be able to fathom, “Instant noodles, sriracha, I still taste it/ When mama was too tired to cook and we had the basics/ Instant noodles, sriracha, I still taste it/ Now it’s a movie, I’m back at Bellag’, wasted.” The track feels like it could be a continuation of his AM/PM series and is sure to command replays for serious Drake fans.
Scary Hours 2 is a quick reminder that Drake is still one of the biggest and best doing it.