Track Review: ‘Summer Sixteen’ – Drake

Same old 6 God


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King of hip-hop internet memes and everyone’s favourite Canadian (sorry Biebs); Drake has supplemented his fans with yet another track that was released via OVO sound radio last weekend. Taking shots here and there, Drizzy bares his teeth while at the same time seemingly repressing the full force he’s capable of for his highly-anticipated album ‘Views From The 6‘. 

It’s an undeniable fact that Drake is one of the biggest names in hip-hop, perhaps even the biggest name, but it’s fair to say this isn’t solely down to his musical ability. Don’t get me wrong, the guy’s made some near-classic tunes that teenage boys and girls will not only find themselves listening to when wistfully reminiscing about their exes, but also turning up to when profusely running with their woes (whatever that means). He certainly splits people, including me, with this two-way personality; one where he croons over a girl he once met a club and how he longs to marry while at the same time spitting over a hard beat claiming that he couldn’t give less of a shit about her. With his last project ‘If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late‘, he seemed to move over more to the latter, with club bangers lining the track list like that old Drake was long forgotten, and its continued here. ‘Summer Sixteen’ takes the formula the rapper has adopted over the last few years and well… does nothing with it.

The production from Noah “40,” Shebib, Boi-1da, and CuBeatz is frankly quite flat, with the screwed melody sitting under machine gun type drums littered with sharp snares and sub-bass, adequately serving as the typical beat for the Canadian to do his thing over. It switches up a little half way through with introduction of some piano sounds which can only be compared to The Exorcist’s theme tune, but it doesn’t make it any more exciting. Drizzy does the usual bragging, claiming he’s “famous as fuck but I’m still in the cut when they round up the troops” among other quips about being rich, but also thrusts in quite a few subtle and not-so-subtle disses to others around him.

He firstly addresses President Obama’s comments about Kendrick Lamar being the stronger rapper, saying that someone should “tell Obama that my verses are like the whips that he in, they bulletproof“. While dissing a President is nothing new, you have to give props for being one of the few rappers that would say something about Obama. In the second verse he drops a line where he compares his estates to that of Kanye West’s:”now I got a house in LA, now I got a bigger pool than Ye“.  It’s a little soft for a diss, but nonetheless Drake is one of the few who actually has the prowess to say something about someone like Kanye. Throw in a few lines about last year’s Drake vs. Meek fiasco and you’ve got the standard Drizzy (or Quentin Miller) bars that we’ve come to know. The track is nothing special and doesn’t build any hype in me for the upcoming album, but it’ll still be interesting to see what the 6 God can pull out of the bag after all the talk.

 

Listen: http://www.stereogum.com/1856316/drake-summer-sixteen/mp3s/

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