By Simon Vozick-Levinson
March 05, 2010 at 09:05 PM EST

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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