Drake has already performed at the Grammys and hit the top 10 of the Billboard 200 on the strength of mixtapes and an EP, but he has yet to confirm a release date or track list for his official debut album, Thank Me Later. Last night the Canadian rapper-singer took one step closer to that goal by releasing “Over,” the first single from Thank Me Later, as a free download. You can give “Over” a spin below. So how is it?
Not terrible. Not amazing, either. The hook finds Drake doing his Auto-Tune croon thing, reflecting on his rise to fame per usual: “I know way too many people here right now that I didn’t know last year/Who the f— are y’all?/…I’m living life right now, man/And this what I’ma do til it’s over/Til it’s over/But it’s far from over.” Reasonably catchy, but I liked this song better when it was called “Forever.” Otherwise the lyrics are typically punchline-packed. I smiled to hear a nod to Dead Prez (and ultimately Bob Marley) in Drake’s second verse, until I realized he was flipping those lines to talk about how his success has affected his love life instead of revolutionary politics. Then I shook my head and felt old.
How do you like “Over”? Are you still looking forward to Thanking Drake Later? Speak up in the comments below.
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