“Summer Sixteen,” Drake’s newest single, has premiered through Apple Music’s Beats 1 program OVO Sound Radio and it didn't disappoint.
For his first song release of 2016, I expected something fun, in the vein of “Hotline Bling” or “Right Hand,” but boy was I wrong. “Looking For Revenge” (the title it should have carried) is sung melodically over a blistering trap beat that would fit perfectly as the theme music for a super villain plotting world domination. I can imagine Lex Luger shmoney dancing while this plays.
The production isn’t anything daring, but Drake is rapping with a mission. The line that references Obama was a bit surprising, makes me wonder if it was inspired by the Prez picking Kendrick over him.
Meek also caught a stray bullet, Drake has mastered making the simplest lines hit the hardest. “Tough Guy” Drake is hilarious, it's hard to imagine the guy who made "Marvin's Room" talking slick but he did say don’t treat him like the Drake from years ago, 2016 Drake is looking for revenge.
As an artist he's found that zone where he floats over beats effortlessly, he sounds cozy, like he has his slippers on saying everything that will catch ears and be repeated down timelines and Facebook statuses for weeks, if not months.
The song comes alive when the beat switches (thank you, Boi-1da), the drums hammer down like lightning bolts and Drake even sounds more electrified. The slippers come off and the slick talk is amplified, Drake’s arrogance is becoming the size of Toronto but being the most popular rapper in the world has to come with an ego.
“I used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella and then I turned into Jay, now I got a house in LA, now I got a bigger pool than Ye” will be the line that will birth a thousand think pieces. I can definitely see “Summer Sixteen” catching fire in the same way as “Back 2 Back.”
It’s Drake rapping with his chest out, confident and fearless. He isn’t doing anything new, Drake joints are like an iPhone, every new one is just an updated version with just the right tweaks to make you go out and make the purchase. Instead of creating a new iOS Drake is upgrading to the current one. If it’s not broke why fix it?
It may be winter but “Summer Sixteen” will definitely be played throughout the next few months. Views From The 6 is due out this April.