New Music: Drake f. Nipsey Hussle – “Killers”
Rap-Up.com has obtained the cover and tracklisting for Drake’s mixtape-turned-album So Far Gone, releasing to retailers September 15. Drake’s publicist has confirmed to us that the re-released project will consist of seven tracks (vs. the mixtape’s 17), including the never-before-heard “Fear.”
‘I always feel like I’m honest on songs,’ Drake says about allegations that he raps for women.
Despite the runaway success of “Best I Ever Had,” with its sweeping proclamations of devotion to the fairer sex, Drake doesn’t really consider himself a ladies’ man.
In fact, the Toronto MC shot down claims that his favorite topic of discussion is women.
“I think there’s two types of rapping about women,” he explained to MTV News. “There’s rapping about fairy-tale stuff … not to take away anything from an MC like this, but you take a rapper like Bow Wow, who is a genuine ladies’ man and all his songs are to make ladies love him and love themselves. And that’s cool. That’s a brand of music that might not always be what’s real, you may not always be telling the truth, but at least someone is gonna feel good about the songs you’re making. With me, when I touch on women — which I don’t feel like I rap about a lot — I feel like I’m just rapping about myself.”
The Lil Wayne protégé thinks his brand of music tilts more toward introspection. The 22-year-old MC’s breakthrough mixtape, So Far Gone, although female-friendly, is more of a collection depicting his personal journey into young adulthood, Drake has said. It’s more about honesty than scoring a date.
“I always feel like I’m honest on songs to where I don’t see how anyone can say I’m a ladies’ man,” Drake said. “I think I put myself in jeopardy in songs and put myself out there [too much to be considered a ladies' man]. I do that so women can learn to love an honest man, ’cause I’m an honest man.
“I figure that’s the best balance I can find between the two [listeners] — between men and women.”
‘I don’t want to jinx it, but things are going so well on this little break until surgery,’ he tells MTV News.
Mixtapes are a movement. For some, giving away music could mean much more than trying to sell their tunes — but Drake played the game right. He started giving away his mixtape So Far Gone earlier this year, and the word of mouth spread with fans, his peers and record-company executives: a recent New York concert found [Warner Music exec] Lyor Cohen in the crowd, standing among screaming fans, along with Kanye West and Talib Kweli.
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Here’s the mastered version of JD Era’s song featuring Drake.
JD Era feat. Drake – Rock and Roll (Produced by Boi-1da)