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The Empire Presents Drake, The Drought Is Over

For a while now everyone from y’all (comment posters) to heads in my hood been on me about “When you gonna review a Drake mixtape? What you got against Drake? That he’s Canadian? That he was an actor? Drake is the man!” Well the truth is that I do like some of Drake’s material, but he’s Canadian and he’s part of George Bush’s Axis of Evil so fuck him. Nah, just kidding. Drake is a talented rapper, but he seems more driven to make mainstream music than straight hip-hop music. That’s why I never really got into him. But I can’t deny that son can craft the kind of music to get the cheese (get it?).

The Mountie MC is as clever as they come in the game today. Saying ish like, “I dare one of these niggas to say I’m not insane/pick a road cause where you driving it’s not a lane/and rest in peace to Pimp C, life is not a game/takin’ over the world, no pinky just a lot of braaaiin” on “Overdose On Life.” He even held his own on the Lil Wayne featured “I Want Dis 4 Eva” where he simply stated, “I don’t think you’ll ever find a nigga like me/never L-I-E/I got everything I tell ‘em I got/young nigga showboat like I’m selling a Yacht!” Cooler than the other side of the pillow ish right there is what that is.

But the downside to his cleverness is when he tries to go the pop route with his music and makes—in my opinion—trash music like “Every Girl,” “Get It Like Me” and “She Just Wanna Dance,” But I’m sure birds like Paris Hilton (the target audience for joints like this) will say the aforementioned tracks are “hot” and go on to dance like “niggers” to it. Sidenote: why wasn’t Paris Hilton ever beaten up for making that “we’re dancing like two niggers” remark? Maybe she should’ve dated Chris Brown to see what was really good. But then again had Chris beaten her up, he would’ve gotten the chair by now…

When Drake is straight rhyming or freestyling like he did on ”Closer To My Dreams,” “Still Drake” or his “Presidents” Freestyle where he rhymed over Jigga’s “Dead Presidents” beat, son is no joke like Kramer at the Laugh Factory (yet another person who made racial remarks and went unscathed). His style is versatile enough for him to make a complete hip-hop album filled with songs that have substance over a variety of rhythmic sounds. He’s that good, but he has a tendency to experiment a little too much with his sound and that’s where he loses me. “Girl Let Me” is a prime example of when he feels a little too Kanye-ish with his. It seems like everyone nowadays wants to be an “artist” and not an straight MC.

Have a good and safe weekend, y’all. Stay up and stay strapped both ways. Uno- The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: I Want Dis 4 Eva”s

Weakest Joint: “She Just Wanna Dance”

  • Pierzy

    What’s good O? I like Drake but I’m one of the few people that don’t think he’s the future like everyone else. Maybe I’ll come around…we’ll see…

    • Capital G

      Co-sign P. I’m not gonna spit venom at the dude, I just don’t see what the big deal is. The youngin’ is getting a ton of promo, it’s almost like they setting him up for failure, word to Asher Roth.

    • Detroit Draper

      Yea Im definitely not too much impressed by this Drake character and Im the type to give anyone a chance. I just bought that mf doom and before i started xxl bloggin it I had never even heard of him at all. Come on a rapper who wears a mask and created a whole cartoonish persona??? Most would automatically write him off. But Im a fan of rap/hip hop/real lyricism so I bought it just off hearin how great dude was on here and I actually love it…Im probly a stan now lol. That every girl song is straight trash I mean if thats your single and I know a single supposed to be very marketable prob none offensive so it can get play but that shits trash and I just dont see it…

      • bottles

        first off faggot everygirl is not his single thats a weezy joint, best i ever had is his single you big dummy. And secondly what kind of a “hip hop” fan are you if you only found out about mf doom through bloggin on xxlmag.com . Eat a dick bitch!

  • BeerGangsta

    Drake doing a good job this year. Toronto Threat! I love Canada! They are real big on djs and beat makers. Drake is the rookie of the year. Thanks for giving the game something new.

    • Detroit Draper

      I guess this must be the only artist you like BG

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    THAT NIGGA DRAKE IS NICE… BUT ITS CRAZY THE RECOGNITION HE GETTIN’…. I CANT HATE THO… I HOPE THAT NIGGA DONT GET “THE BIG-HEAD SYNDROME” LIKE KANYE ENDED UP WIT… I THINK NIGGAS JUST SO EXCITED BOUT A NEW NIGGA THAT THEY SUCK HIS DICK UNTIL HE NUTT UP SOME WACK SHIT!!!….. THAT NIGGA “FREESTYLE” ON BARRY BONDS WAS FUCKIN NASTY THO…

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “I’M GOIN IN” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP))

  • O

    Drake is good enough to be a big part of the future if he lays off the experimental music. I wonder if he’d have the same buzz or more or less had he been from NY or LA…

  • Prince Caesar

    I have no idea who this nigga is. I’ve never heard none of his shit, but, I do know everyone is riding this dude’s dick right now.

  • O

    Speaking of which, shorty who Tysoned Charles Hamilton got it in on that one punch. Welcome to internet fame, shorty…

    • Capital G

      Holy shit! That chick snuffs him clean in his shit. (that’s right I said snuffs) She stole on him and he apologizes immediately like he ain’t want her to take off her belt or put her shoe on him any further. Fuckin’ hysterical.

      • O

        She was kinda cute too. Never seen a cute girl with a good jab. Good jab girls usually look like… well, not cute…

    • http://www.myspace.com/fastlifearchitects miles archer

      Yo… the boy Charles Hamilton spit something about hitting it raw and her needing an abortion and shorty caught him wit a Pacquiao Eye Jammy.

      You here what she said as the other dude was holding her back,”Why you put my business out there like that”?…

      Hilarious…

      miles archer

  • gkid12345

    This nigga is whack, I swear to god he sounds just like wayne and thats sad how fucking stupid are all you morons that don’t see this, hear this and think this cat is nice. Rappers that sing???? Sing sing, not melody SING! LMAO you people are fucking stupid. I’ll stick with the last kiss, relapse and blackout2 fuck this lame lil wayne clone, he dropped currency and made this nigga his front man??

    • PARIS PERSHUN

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      CORRECTION…. WAYNE SOUND LIKE DRAKE…. ANY NIGGA IN THEY RIGHT MIND CAN SEE DRAKE BEEN GHOSTWRITIN FA WAYNE… BESIDES THE FUCKIN WAYNE ADMITTING THE SHIT ON MTV AWARDS…. BUT ALL THE SHIT DRAKE DO YOU CAN SEE WHY TRYING HIS BEST TO DO IT…. I HATE MUFUCKAS THAT ACT LIKE WAYNE A GENIUS… WAYNE=DR.DRE WHEN IT COME TO THAT GHOST WRITIN SHIT….. WHY WOULD DRE GET WAYNE AND DRAKE TO GHOSTWRITE FA HIM…. WHY NOT JUST GET WAYNE SINCE MUFUCKAS THINK EVERYBODY SOUND LIKE HIM????????? THINK MY NIGGA

      • gkid12345

        Point being, wayne already rapped like that for a good 3-4 years so how is this guy with the same everything, style, flow, autotune get respect. Fuck outta here point being the fuckin guy should not be in the game. DEGRASSI??? Come on man. Notorious B.I.G, Pac, Pun, and the rest of the greats must be disgusted with how hiphop turned out

        • Detroit Draper

          Degrassi…Yea it is pretty sad…I mean Im not just some stupid super thugged out I only listen to Pac ass nigga lol but Drake??? I cant even begin to feel you bro

        • NAWLEDGE

          So the guy was on a TV show and that automatically makes him wack?

          Fedro Starr do much for you? What about Will Smith? Ice-T? 2Pac was in several movies. Pac also did ballet?

          Your excuses are lame dude.

        • Ja$e

          co-sign Nawledge
          Shit doesn’t make sense because the kid was on t.v. and can actually “sing sing, not melody sing” he can’t be a rapper FOH.

      • Detroit Draper

        Damn Wayne admitted to the ghost writting?

      • Gman

        That interesting because when drake was spitting on some radio show he was reading lyrics off his phone and now people speculate that someone else is writing for him as well.Also wayne didn’t admit shit son but the fact that that song was his favorite from drake. Dont make up shit nigga, Drake is nice though.

      • SMH

        PARIS PERSHUN where is all of hatred for wayne coming from. Where molested as a child by a man with many tats and dreads. Every to time I get on this muthafucka a bunch of hate is posted on here from your keyboard. I mean give a nigga with more money than you his props what have you done in the music industry. I think everyone can answer that< nothing you are just a fan of blogging on XXL forums so go lean back and turn HI HATER WAY WAY WAY The Fuck Up You Fuckin Clown

    • bottles

      take this pistol put it up to your left ear, can you feel the coldness of the metal run through your earlobe and down throughout your body? Now pull the trigger, pull it now!…….Silence,you feel as if you just smoked the finest rolled in some backwoods but your high is dying.

      I love how niggaz shit on Canadians, dudes just jealous cuz the only shit his city is droppin is that stool floating around the toilet bowl.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    IS IT ME OR DOES EVERY DRAKE MIXTAPE HAVE THE SAME DAMN SONGS ON THEM???

    • http://www.myspace.com/young904 Young-No

      Drake is next up!! That’s my label mate and we about to run this shit!!!

      Young Mula baby!!!

      Young-NO
      .www.myspace.com/young904

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    drake is cool. i dont see him as the “future”. he make good songs though.

  • The_Truth

    ***I’m sorry, but this Drake cat is just another kid with metaphores about “how he get money”. . .nothing you can feel when it comes to real life.

    I’m not mad he’s fuckin Rihanna. . but dude is average at best. (Drop a CD KILLER MIKE!!!)

  • Brendan’s Back

    Drake’s sick dude. I’d love to hear him rap over the ‘you don’t know’ beat, or ‘hello new world – clipse’ beat. But dude is sick

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/yungsiyah Yung Siyah
  • Epinz

    @ detroit
    Yea, I dnt remember if he admitted it at the awards or if it was the freestyle he kicked at the bet awards that was writtin by drake.

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    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com TonyGrands

      Drake is decent, not really my cup of tea per se, but it’s hard to take “Wheelchair Jimmy” seriously.

      Yes, I watch Degrassi, niggas.

      Maybe he should do a video with the shows cast from a wheelchair. I have to agree with P, maybe my mind will change, but we all know how hard it is for the “light-skintted” MC’s.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    Damn!

    My comments won’t go up!!!

  • jerome

    The funny thing is that nobody in Toronto really gives a fuck about Drake. Same with Kardinal Offishal (the guy who did that song with Akon ‘Dangerous’) For some odd reason these guys get play in America. Its not that Drake and Kardinal don’t get play in Canada they do, but most of thier fans are not from Canada and Tha streets in Toronto don’t care about these guys. They don’t have hype in the streets no body talks about them or bumps thier shit., except for the R&B hip-hop stations that only play mainstream music and the same songs 10 times a day. Right now in tha streets in Toronto the hotest artists are Gucci Mane, and Styles P. You think Drake could come to a Hood in Toronto? Yeah right he would get shot at and robbed, he from some rich part of Toronto., but that don’t mean he aint a good MC., these niggaz ain’t got no rep in Toronto, and its a shame that these guys are the ones who everyone thinks reps Toronto. (Yeah right these guys are soft)

  • dj2morrow

    Wow you people can say so much shit with no facts to back it up. I think if anyone ghostwrote for Wayne they would rhyme like him but most people cant say shit the way he does. He admitted that one song because it was an old song that Drake did but in the real world that actually got alot more people to hear about Drake so that was actually good for him. Also anyone that says hes from Degrassi is just stupid because with all the shit that has been going on in hip hop, out of everything something that stupid matters. I dont like Best I Ever Had that much either but thats for the girls and mainstream. I would say Drake talks about alot of shit in his rhymes that real people go thru so hes basically talking about his life for the most part. He has pretty much just about everything that you would need to become a really good to great rapper/MC. I would just say luckily he wouldnt really listen to anyone with straight negative bullshit and let people like then slowly kill themselves.

  • Hi Hater!

    Yall favorite rapper (Wayne) have a ghostwriter and his name is :

    DRIZZY DRAKE!!!! Get Mad! Drake I got you!

  • Real Talk

    Real talk mad respect to Hi Hater i feel you cuzz i been thinking that i stated it to my niggas and they said its bogus shit and noone believes me finally there’s one smart mutha fucka who feels me

  • Tre

    @gkid12345

    The greats are disgusted with nutcases like you who take the music a little too serious. Relax guy, you wont die if someone sucks( in your opinion). But all that bitching and moaning will only bring you closer to an early grave.

    Again, relax

    Tre

    • gkid12345

      Who said an early grave isn’t what i’m looking for you scum bag

      • O

        LMAO!!!!!

  • Tator da Cut Creator

    Straight MCs are struggling to make ends, artist not so much.

  • http://xxl.mag LIL Y@NG

    Man Drake is a Fuckin animal man i just read all thoose comments and i c nuttin but haters yall niggas mad because the nigga from toronto i mean cum on b yall niggas gotta b serious this nigga is 1 of the hottest rappers out and its a lot of rappers that act and some that mite try to sing these are some bad excuses im seeing to give this nigga no hope he’s a fucking monster so people stop fuckin hatin
    and buy that nigga next album or mixtape 1

    (Drake)- Rookie Of the Year & your favorite rappers favorite rapper

  • Brahsef

    This mixtape isn’t nearly as good as his last one so far gone. The thing about Drake is that he has mad crossover appeal. He can rap decently well, but I’ve always thought he’s better on his r&b tracks.

    And for people who think he just raps about money cash hoes, he has a lot of introspective style songs as well. I personally love the chopped and screwed version of so far gone. Roll up a beezer and put that on and you’ll be pleased.

  • Nate

    I use these tapes as a way to help decide if a artist really has got what it takes. That’s how I was able (for example- after 2 mixtapes to tell you how much Hot Dollar really sucked) funny you haven’t seen much of him lately, right?

    Sometimes you get fooled by a good guest appearance verse, but this will be a way to see if Drake can carry a album.

    To Detroit: yeah Doom is ill. He has different aliases and has built up a very good rap history in this game. (See his KMD- Black Bastards past) Some people aren’t used to his kind of music but he is a good writer and producer. Very original.

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  • miggz aka el mexikano

    I FUCKIN CANT STAND DRAKE. I DONT KNOW WHAT THE BIG ASS DEAL IS. HE AINT IMPRESSIVE AT ALL. FUCK DRAKE. SUPPORT REAL HIP HOP

  • joe

    I think anyone with anything negatve to say is a hater there is just no reason to be negative. Secondly he is not ghost writting for wayne he might have got a hook from drake here and there or a lyric but everyone does that Ti got bring em out from Jay so Jay ghostwritting for tip no its jus the bissines. A song here and there to get radio play is cool if people didnt steal music so much artist would not have to put out so much content to gain a loyal following so the fans are to blame for the decline of hiphop.

  • http://nate16 Javito__

    Drake is dope, but he sounds JUST like the drought 3 Lil’ Wayne. I’m surprised no one’s called it yet.

  • La’Nessa

    DRAKE…He’s The Future….He Has His Own Sound..Drake’s The Shyt Point Blank !!!!