Young Money’s Drake set the hip-hop world afire Friday (May 20) morning when he officially leaked “Dreams Money Can Buy” from his forthcoming sophomore album, Take Care. The song was made available via a post on Drizzy’s October’s Very Own blog and quickly began making the file-sharing rounds.
Besides an MP3 download link, the post contained this message: “A song that I felt the need to share. Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though…” Reportedly, “Dreams Money Can Buy” is Take Care’s intro track. Drake’s blog post was accompanied by an image with text that reads, “This is a story of dreams mixed with reality.”
True to its title, the song is filled with quotables clearly taken from the pages of Drake’s charmed rap life. In the first verse he muses on juggling different women and on how his success (Thank Me Later has been certified platinum) hasn’t necessarily made his life any less stressful. “And comfortable I sit, in manual Ferrari Italian, some fly sh–/ But it’s sitting at the house like I bought it in ’96, ’cause honestly I’m too busy to drive stick,” he raps.
In the second verse Drake addresses rival MCs and past rumors that he was on the outs with Lil Wayne and the YMCMB crew. “Can’t tell ya how much I love when n—as think they got it/ And I love the fact that line made them think about it,” Drake slickly spits at the beginning of the verse, followed by, “I am CMB, these n—as make it so hard to be friendly when I know part of it’s envy.”
Rap conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day speculating on whom Drake is possibly referring to with a “top five” line in the same verse. “I feel like lately it went from top five to remaining five, my favorite rappers either lost it or they ain’t alive/ And they trying to bring us down, me Weezy and Stunna, we stayed up, Christmas lights in the middle of summer.” One rapper Drake himself claims he is not referring to is Jay-Z. “Hov diss? Hov of all people has not lost it … that’s god body flow,” Drake tweeted.
Drake’s longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib produced the song’s hauntingly ambient track, which features a prominent sample of British singer/songwriter Jai Paul’s “BTSTU.” A vocal swipe of “Don’t f— with me, don’t f— with me” from Paul’s song is used as the hook for Drake’s record.
The “Best I Ever Had” rapper had fallen back on recording after dropping his debut, Thank Me Later. But with talk of collaborating with the Weeknd, guesting on DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One” with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross — essentially a Drake record — and now “Dreams Money Can Buy,” the Toronto rapper’s brief sabbatical is officially over.
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