Other Things Drake Is Disgusted By

Categories: Drake

drakeWORST.jpg
Yesterday Drake said he was disgusted by Rolling Stone for doing their jobs, exposing to the world that Drake is, in fact, the man we've all hoped he was. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have collected a list of other things Drake is disgusted by.

See also: Drake Goes Full Degrassi on SNL

More »

Drake Goes Full Degrassi on SNL

drakesnl.jpg
It's a lot, shouldering the pressure of hosting Saturday Night Live and taking its oft-unforgiving stage as its musical guest. Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake have all excelled at this, and Saturday night, Drake trounced all of them as one of the most effortlessly enjoyable triple-threats to leave people wondering about why Aubrey Graham quit his day job in the first place.

See also: Miley Cyrus Redeems Herself on SNL

More »

Drake Admits His Career Is an Elaborate Joke in "Worst Behavior" Video

Categories: 2013, Drake

DrakeDad.jpg
Photo: Vimeo screenshot
Drake's Dad
After several failed attempts to assert his legitimacy as a rap god and prove the immeasurability of his manhood, Drake made the long-awaited announcement yesterday that his entire career is a joke through the music video release of "Worst Behavior." The aptly named piece is a ten-minute-and-eighteen-second long series of failed vignettes interrupted by brief pieces of the song itself. If watched carefully enough, however, the subtext underneath this disconcerting narrative shines light on the startling reality that Drake has actually known all along that he's a subpar artist and largely exaggerates his abilities. Read on for a scene by scene breakdown on why the joke's really been on us.

See also: Drake Came Out in his "Hold On, We're Going Home" Video and Nobody Noticed

More »

The 10 Least Self-Aware Lines in Drake History

Categories: Drake

DRAKE.jpg

Drake is perhaps the first person in human history to enjoy the benefits of being both a successful, critically acclaimed popstar, and a bona fide human meme. He's a performer who shifts from angry, over-the-top braggadocio to desperate, doubting, melancholy croons. He's either coolly assured in his sexuality or skeptical if he'll ever find someone who loves him back. Drake's a contemplative guy, and despite his ridiculously privileged life, he's always eager to talk about his feelings with a rare, inscrutable sincerity. It's a quirk that's given us a lot of great songs, and a lot of befuddling lyrics. There may never be a popstar as gleefully un-self-aware, than Aubrey Drake Graham.

With that in mind, and "All Me" in the background, we decided to pay tribute to his growing legacy, by ranking what we feel are the 10 least self-aware lines in the history of Drake.

See also: Kill Your Idols: Why Rap's Superstars Stay Relevant

More »

Live: Drake Brings Dipset, Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, And More To Jones Beach


Drake w/ J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana
Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
Saturday, June 16

Better than: That other suburban rap mega-show.

Well over halfway through his set, having already given the crowd a festival's worth of openers and played everything but his biggest hits, Drake turned to the crowd: "New York, let me show you how much I love you." Four hours in, his Club Paradise tour had bridged the gap not only between openers Waka Flocka Flame and J. Cole or genres like rap and R&B, but also across a wide range of demographics, seating spoiled 16-year-olds rocking "Self Made" tees side-by-side with old-school heads who first heard surprise guest Busta Rhymes on "Scenario," and not "Look at Me Now." But regardless of that, Drake was right: The show's most exciting moments were still yet to come.

At concerts like this, all those demographics share a desire to believe that their performance is particularly special, realer than all the others and put on just for them. Drake, once awkward in these settings, now knows better than to spoil the fun, spending a long ten minutes moving through the crowd singling out the girl 300 feet away in the red tank top and the couple in matching YOLO hats, but as he spun across the stage to the descending piano chords that anchor "Take Care" or called upon The Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye for some unexpected crew love, it was hard to believe that audiences in Akron or Saratoga saw the same thing.


More »

100 & Single: fun., Gotye, M83, EDM, And The Beginning Of The Hot 100's Spotify Years

spotifytopthreesongs_march20.jpg
The top three songs on Spotify, March 20, 2012. "Young" is at No. 1 on the Hot 100; "Know" is at No. 5; and "Came" is at No. 4.
How do you know when you're at the dawn of a new pop era?

It's not like someone sends a memo. Sure, occasionally there's a well-timed cultural event that offers a hint—the disastrous Altamont festival in December 1969, which signaled that the flower-power dream was over, or Comiskey Park's Disco Demolition Night in July 1979, which warned that dance music's days were numbered, at least with middle-American dudes. But even bright temporal lines like these only seem significant in retrospect, and they don't actually change the sound of young America overnight.

The same goes for the Billboard charts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average of pop. Occasionally you get a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 that feels like a revolution instantly. Or there's a blockbuster album that feels like a generational torch passing.

This week, the song sitting on top the Hot 100 doesn't necessarily sound like a revolution. But from its title on down, "We Are Young," the soaring, Janelle Monáe-assisted rock anthem by emo-pomp band fun, wants to be generational. Two weeks ago, fun. rampaged their way to the summit thanks to a pileup of digital sales. For each of the last two weeks, "We Are Young" has topped the very healthy sum of 300,000 downloads; it's the only song to roll that many weekly downloads in 2012, let alone do it twice.

More »

Oddsmaker: Do Beyoncé And André 3000 Have Enough Swagu To Beat Kanye And His Dozens Of Friends At The Grammys?

rapsungcollaboration.jpg
The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song awards, and its creation was a prescient move. In 2001, 13% of Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 Songs featured at least one rapper and one singer; in 2011 that number had doubled to 26% (after peaking at 33% in 2010). The category's a little more unpredictable this year, as NARAS snubbed the biggest dancefloor-friendly rapped-and-sung hits of the year ("Give Me Everything," "Party Rock Anthem," "On The Floor," "E.T.") in favor of more urban radio fare.

More »

Live-Blogging The 2011 American Music Awards: We Could Have Had It All (But Then Adele Had To Go Have A Vocal Cord Hemorrhage)

bieberama2010.jpg
via ABC
Justin Bieber at last year's American Music Awards.
Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 2011 American Music Awards, the annual salute to the most popular popular music that exists in the American wild this year. While Lady Gaga and Adele and Beyoncé are absent, this year's show apparently has one performance that will cost $500,000 to pull off, as well as a David Guetta/Nicki Minaj outing that is heavy—heavy in the weight sense, not in the "societal import" sense because c'mon we're talking about King Of Eurogloss David Guetta here—and appearances by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Katy (sigh) Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and other notables from the Hot 100. Come join us for the next three hours, won't you?

More »

Drake's Album Gets The Push-Back (But It's All For You, Baby)

drake_takecarecover.jpg
Let's hope this delay doesn't change the album cover.
Over the weekend the sad-sack MC Drake put up a sad blog post announcing that Take Care, his long-in-the-works second album, would be coming out on November 15, and not in time for his 25th birthday on October 24. "So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date," he wrote. "My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together." You can almost hear the pride of Ontario appending a ", baby," to that last sentence, no?

More »

This New Lenny Kravitz Song Is Completely OK Until Drake Horns In On It

swizzdrakelenny.jpg
via Billboard
Three people who have never been in my kitchen.
When I hear the name "Lenny Kravitz" I instantly think his retro grabs, songs that are at their best expertly crafted and can flow seamlessly into the hits from its era, or at their worst something that sounds like a lazy rock trope remixed and regurgitated. Today two tracks from his forthcoming album Black And White America leaked, and one of them, "Sunflower," is a cracking bit of lite-funk with a shiny brass section and a jangling beat. It all sprints along... until Drake shows up. "I'm not that good with words, but I'll try my best," he starts things off by saying. Oh, Drake. Always making it about you, eh? Clip below.

More »
Loading...