Drake – The Emcee

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While debut album Thank Me Later may have been one of the more heralded releases in the hip-hop universe this year, it also signaled Drake’s complete upheaval away from rap and towards R&B. From his search for hip-hop credibility on Room for Improvement, to his neo-soul sensibilities on Comeback Season and culminating in the R&B-fused So Far Gone, the chameleonic rapper’s mixtapes have charted his change in style on a yearly basis. Unknown to those who became aware of the artist only after break-out single “Best I Ever Had,” So Far Gone was met with some dismay by a selection of Drake fans. ‘Too much singing, not enough rapping… and what’s with the drawn out synth beats?’ Regardless, the music connected with the blogsphere, transforming Drizzy into somewhat of an overnight celebrity. Those same fans were (delusively) hoping that his major label release would see a return to the rhymes, especially with his hip-hop credentials being questioned by the same people who give Gucci Mane a pass or masturbate over dusty records by lyrical thespians such as Group Home and Nice & Smooth, but to no avail. And when Drake announced a follow-up mixtape to the album, surely he’d give us the rap LP we’re longing for right? Nope. All R&B. But it appears there’s been a change in the plans:

“I been rapping a lot lately. Me and 40 (Noah Shebib, his producer) have been doing some great rap music, so I sort of took a hiatus on the R&B for a second. It’s cool to do R&B, I love it, but it’s just hard for me to always commit to it. Because some nights, I get in there and 40′s beats, as melodic or R&B-driven as they may be, just have that right pocket that I just wanna spit. I did this song the other night; I’ve now completed the second song for my album. So I only had one song before for the new album; two nights ago, I did the second song. I’m loving it. I’m loving the sound. I’m excited again.”

Hmm, a possible Drake album with him only rapping? I wonder what a compilation of his past work using that criteria would sound like?

Drake – The Emcee
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01 Drake – Friends With Money
02 Drake – Do What You Do (Remix) ft. Malice & Nickelus F
03 Drake – Comeback Season
04 Drake – Man of the Year
05 Drake – Barry Bonds Freestyle
06 Drake – Money (Remix) ft. Nickelus F
07 Drake – Congratulations
08 Drake – 9AM In Dallas
09 Drake – My New ft. Tanya Morgan & Little Brother
10 Drake – Get Over It
11 Drake – Where To Now
12 Drake – Don’t U Have A Man ft. Little Brother & Dwele
13 Drake – The Winner
14 Drake – Out of Town ft. Amir & Prestege
15 Drake – The Search ft. Saukrates
16 Drake – Goodnight and Goodluck
17 Drake – Say Whats Real
18 Drake – Going in for Life
19 Drake – Scriptures
20 Drake – Closer ft. Andreena Mill

— Snoop Bloggy Blogg

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