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"Scary Hours"

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 10:00 pm

Since the 2000s, the world of hip hop has evolved and expanded from its original roots of hard bars and metaphorical lyricism that were famously established by groups like the Wu Tang Clan and hall of fame-like idols such as Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The genre of hip hop now includes pop sounds, party themed hits and only hints of what was regarded as “rap” by older generations. 

From his debut album “Thank Me Later,” to his most recent playlist “More Life,” the Canadian rapper has been crushing the game from start to finish and is globally looked at as one of the best of today’s age. 

But how did he do it? Well, just listen to any  piece from his collection and you’ll find the answer. Drake stands out from his rap competitors because he simply isn’t afraid to be different. He opened up the table to “softness,”  something he received criticism for from the start, but stacked records at the end. He also wasn’t afraid to incorporate singing within his raps, something that is common now. All of these deviations define Drake’s style; they are what make his music unique. 

Upon its release, the playlist “More Life” went mainstream and completely broke the Billboard top charts, but there was something hidden within the project that meant much more than Drake’s versatile track ability. The rapper hinted at his 2018 plans during the closing seconds of the song. Those last seconds read, “I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.” 

That summary was shared with the world on Friday, Jan. 19, in Drake’s most recent EP, “Scary Hours.” The EP was completed by two tracks, “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity,” which acted as a stepping stone for the rapper’s current status. The first track of the EP, “God’s Plan,” added to Drake’s trophy cabinet of achievements when it absolutely broke the record of worldwide Apple Music first day streams with over 14 million plays. The lyrics to “God’s Plan” are simple and they tell a story behind Drake’s faith. Despite being negatively wished upon by the game’s competitors, the story of using success to give back to the people is much prettier. 

In transition from “God’s Plan,”  the second track of the EP, “Diplomatic Immunity,” paints the picture of Drake’s withstanding to the evil that is wished upon him. The lyrically-focused piece is a collective response from Drake to the ones that try and hold him back from being the best he can be, that explains the reasons of his solo climb to the top of the leaderboards. With a sneer beat and lyrics such as “like a job outta high school, there’s no U-N-I” and “opinions over statistics of course,” Drake’s answer to hate is very direct, but also truthful. 

Drake’s influence in today’s hip hop is nothing short of idealistic. His last dip into the game’s hostile water proves it, and it will surely not be the last one. 

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