It was inevitable. [artist id=”2545682″]Drake[/artist]’s Thank Me Later leaked to the Internet on Tuesday night, but the Toronto MC isn’t sweating it too hard.
“I gave away free music for years so we’re good over here,” Drake tweeted. “Just allow it to be the soundtrack to your summer and ENJOY! JUNE 15th!”
Just as he’d told MTV News months ago, “Fireworks” with Alicia Keys opens his first full-length album. Drizzy is candid from the start, rhyming about Rihanna, sharing his hope that his relationship with Lil Wayne never sours due to success and admitting his insecurity about adjusting to fame. “Fireworks,” “Light Up” (featuring Jay-Z) and “Miss Me” with Lil Wayne had all leaked long before this week.
The new leak introduces fans to Drake’s second Thank Me Later collaboration with Kanye West (Ye also produced the single “Find Your Love”), “Show Me a Good Time.” Much like another cut on the LP, “Fancy” with T.I. and Swizz Beatz, “Show Me a Good Time” is that fun, summertime, mid-tempo dance record that the women will adore. It starts with some frantic sampled yells, but Drizzy comes in and smoothes out the situation with his voice.
“How did I end up here with you?” he sings on the chorus. “After all the things I’ve been through/ It’s been one of those days/ You try to forget about it/ Take a shot and let it out.”
And seconds later, he urges, “Show me a good time.”
Later in the song, Drake raps about the Wu-Tang Clan and compares himself to the late, great O.D.B. He goes on to tell the lady in the song he wants to “kick it” with her like A Tribe Called Quest. Then he reflects on the haters.
“People really hate it when a backpack rapper gets rich and starts living that life, dawg/ It feels like when you get into that paper, hip-hop hates ya/ They would do it just like I do if they could; it’s in our nature,” he proclaims in rhyme. The verse ends with Drake declaring that he’s made it.
The very next record, the Nicki Minaj-featured “Up All Night,” has a darker sound, but the rhymes stay B-boy boastful as Drake celebrates his success. In true hip-hop form, he’s not shy about basking in his own accolades.
“Shout out to the fact that I’m the youngest n—a doing it,” says Drake, who also affirms he has the game “in his pocket.”
Nicki comes in on the second verse and the lyrical assault doesn’t let up. “Which bitch you know made a mil off a mixtape?” she asks, keeping the animation in her rhyme to a minimum and instead levying insults to her adversaries. “We got the hawks, and I ain’t talking about the Peach State.”
Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1nda, Tone Mason, Omen and Timbaland are the other producers on the album.
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