Jitta On The Track don’t rest.
The CT rapper who won our challenge to earn himself an opening slot on Drake‘s Club Paradise Tour is just constantly creating. In recent days alone, we’ve got three new Jitta-related tracks to enjoy. In addition to guesting on Chris Webby‘s fantastic “Good Day” (from his upcoming mixtape The Checkup), Jitta just dropped two of his own, “Jesse Pinkman” and “UnAmerican” (with $-DUB) Check out all three below.
Drake just released a new song called “Draft Day.” Straight and mellow, and built on a Lauren Hill sample, it’s chock full of Drake’s signature wordplay, with a bit of a tossed-off feel that actually serves the song nicely. He sends a shout out to Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games, and mentions Chance the Rapper, which some are reading as a diss, though we think it’s just a convenient reference.
I imagine that there’s a certain feeling of flattery in being named one of the most illegally downloaded artists of the year. Musicmetric, which analyzes data from Bit Torrent, has revealed that at over five million downloads each, Bruno Mars and Rihanna earned the top spots in this category, while Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and Flo Rida rounded out the top five. Also in the top 10 were Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Drake, and Pitbull.
Gregory Mead of Musicmetric reminds readers that the analytics “don’t condone piracy,” but rather help artists plan around where their fans are, in order to optimize tours ” similar to what Iron Maiden has started doing. Musicmetric also measures social media success, and found Taylor Swift to be the winner, with an added 29.5 million new followers in 2013, with Katy Perry close behind at an added 29.2 million new followers.
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Drake – your friend, our friend – has finally let us in on a new track, “Trophies,” produced by Hit-Boy. It’s good.
If Donnie And Marie were “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll,” Drake’s style can be summarized as a little bit rap and a little bit R&B. He’s built a brand on the ability to combine these two influences, and on “Wu-Tang Forever,” he showcases the latest evolution of that successful recipe. You can stream the song below.
Drake has released three singles to date from the forthcoming LP Nothing Was The Same, and of those three, “Wu-Tang Forever” seems the most likely to find traction at radio. “Started From The Bottom” was a hit, but not on the same level as previous Drake singles. This sounds like classic Drake, so it will be interesting to see how fans react when it gets the full promotional push.
Nothing Was The Same hits stores September 24. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the new material. (more…)
The release of two separate covers has sparked speculation that it will come in standard and deluxe edition, with each cover representing a different version of the album.
Moving away from the photography that dominated his previous albums, the covers for Nothing Was The Same features drawings of Drake. The first is of the rapper as a child, with a pick in his Afro and a wide-eyed expression. The second is of Drake as we know him now, with a gold chain and a confident gaze. You can view both designs below.
In addition to revealing the album art, Drake also announced last night that the album has been delayed one week until September 24. No reason for the move was offered, but we’ll update you if more information becomes available. (more…)
Partnering with hip-hop heavyweights 2 Chainz and Big Sean, Drake surprised the Internet in the early hours of today by releasing a new song (and free download). The track, titled “All Me,” is a celebration of getting yourself to the place you want to be. Throughout the verses and hook all three emcees review their achievements and drive home the idea that none of it would have been possible without one thing: themselves. You can stream and download the track on Soundcloud.
While it may seem like we’re giving Drake a hard time for patting himself on the back with “All Me,” it would be hard to argue that he is wrong. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this latest material.
Posted on the YMCMB heartthrob’s official blog after Cole’s letter began to go viral, Drake’s message to fans further emphasizes the points made in Cole’s letter, and even praises the young emcee for getting ahead of the controversy. You can read Drake’s words below:
J.Cole wrote a beautiful and moving apology to individuals and families affected by autism who were understandably hurt by a verse in “Jodeci Freestyle”. I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused. Individuals with autism have brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted. This was a learning lesson for both of us, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to try to right this wrong. J. Cole and I believe that it is the right, responsible, and respectful decision to remove the lyric from the song.
As far as we have found, no autism-related group has issued a response to either rapper’s message. If anything changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.
The only thing better than knowing 2013 will host new albums from J. Cole and Drake is finding out the two just released a freestyle together for the world to enjoy. Fortunately, that’s exactly what brings us together today.
Hitting the net over the weekend, “Jodeci” is a new freestyle from Drake and Cole that was recorded in recent weeks. Both emcees offer verses highlighting their lives, their hustle, and the family that keeps them grounded. It’s a solid track that should go a long way towards keeping fans hungry for the album. You can stream “Jodeci” at the end of this post.
J. Cole’s new album Born Sinner is available now. Drake’s latest, Nothing Was The Same, hits stores September 17. (more…)
YMCMB member Drake has unveiled plans for the 4th annual OVO Fest in his hometown of Toronto. On August 4th, Frank Ocean and James Blake will be performing. On August 5th, Drake will hit the stage along with various special guests. In years past these “guests” have included the likes of Stevie Wonder, so you know it’s going to be b-i-g.
OVO Fest will be held at Molson Canadian Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale May 21.
Drake’s new album, Nothing Was The Same, is scheduled for release later this year.