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Drake doesn't release his second album Take Care for another six weeks, but the rapper clearly has been antsy about releasing new music, as he posted three new songs on his blog over the weekend. We're not sure yet if "Club Paradise," "Free Spirit" and "Round of Applause" (a remix of Waka Flocka Flame's track) make it onto Take Care's final tracklisting, but who cares really? They're here now and ready for your consumption.
"Club Paradise," produced by longtime Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib, is a confessional soliloquy similar to the rapper's previously released "Marvin's Room." Over a quiet, minimal beat, Drizzy rhymes about his ex-girlfriends' new boyfriends, feeling "awkward at this Fashion Week s***" (shots fired at Fashion Week!) and his dealings with other rappers. "I used to brag about it to my friends," rhymes the Toronto rapper. "And now I'm feeling like all of these n***** cutthroat." The track ends with a sample from a 1979 Bob Marley interview, in which the reggae legend discusses the use of feeling in music.
"Free Spirit," featuring Rick Ross, is slightly more upbeat, but still features a crooning Drake singing the hook in his now-trademarked mournful tone. "I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am," Drake quoted unlikely rapper inspiration Princess Diana on his blog.
Finally, the rapper hopped on Waka Flocka Flame's "Round of Applause," noting on his blog, "First Lex Luger beat I ever got to rap on... feel like I got seat B60 on Southwest... everybody has gone in before me... but we made it happen!" The track, as you'd expect, is the most club-friendly of the three, with Drake displaying his hedonistic side by "Throwing every president except for Nixon on your a**." It's a smart counterbalance to the other, heavier tracks and continues to paint Drake as a multidimensional musician.
Take Care is out Oct. 24 via Cash Money/Universal Republic.