Drake's 'Scary Hours' Isn't Perfect, But It Shows That He's Still Got It
    • MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018

    • Posted by: Chris Deverell


    Drake either never sleeps, or he's currently sitting on a veritable gold mine of unreleased material and teases new things out every so often. Hot on the heels of the release of the More Life playlist Drake announced that he had a follow up in the form of a new EP called Scary Hours, with two new songs "Diplomatic Immunity" and "God's Plan". In addition to the number of leaks that popped up in between now and the period of time after the More Life release it seems that Drake has plenty of material ready to go whenever he wants.

    The production on "God's Plan" is simply fire, and while I don't really bump Drake all that often, I do have to admit he really has an ear for finding good producers. It's a bouncing track with a heavy bassline and a general ambiance that prevents you from falling into a bad mood, and features what sounds like a washy, watered down string piece that's very unique and very cool. The only thing I'm not really a fan of is Drake's flow, as he delivers with a heavily-clipped cadence that sounds like he's been spending too much time with mumble rappers, and it really doesn't play to his strengths. This isn't the first time Drake has adjusted his style to those around him, give some of his parts on More Life a listen and you'll hear him say "ting", trying to emulate grime artist Griggs who he has featured on two songs.


    "Diplomatic Immunity", despite a few faults, is arguably the better of the two tracks, and maybe even one of Drake's better pieces of the last few years. For once Drizzy drops the eclectic dancehall, grime, and house soundscapes that he spent exploring on More Life and instead keeps things simplified with a smooth flowing drum and bass kit and an unpretentious string synth line. It has all the hallmarks of a Thank Me Later-era track, though some part of me kind of wants to hear some brass on it for a little more depth.

    I said there were a few faults with the track, and they mainly stem from Drake's desire to engage in some T. Swift-esque pettiness, as Drake recounts conquering unnamed adversaries and naysayers, while reflecting on everything he's been through to make it thus far. Thankfully though he drops the mumble rap act and actually follows a rhythm, melding bars with a certain level of finesse that suggests he has more talent as an emcee than he lets on. Together, the two songs are a nice double take at what Drake has to offer with the Scary Hours concept, and that he doesn't have to rely on the features to make a good song great.
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