Drake – So Far Gone EP [Review]
Published in SmokingSection.com, September 14th 2009
Toronto, ON – In retrospect, it is fairly easy to pinpoint hints that an artist was destined to be a high-level player. When it comes to the brief yet blossoming career of one Aubrey Drake Graham, the appeal couldn’t be any more recognizable. Possessing the flow of an MC with R&B sensibilities, the talents of the Canadian native have scored him runaway popularity in the midst of his mixtape smash So Far Gone. As Drake warily maps out the next stage of his career which apexes with the release of his debut album on Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money imprint, fans can rejoice that his famed release has been stripped down for consumer consumption.
Unraveling the depravities of his soul in just 7 tracks, the extended play gives a clear definition of the virtuosity Drake feels most comfortable with expressing through his music. If the slow burning “Houstatlantavegas” is any-girl-USA’s living nightmare, then “Fear” casts light on the host which develops Drizzy’s phobias as he reveals “I think I’m scared of what the future holds/I was wishing for some things and now I’m used to those…/All my old friends think I gotta new crowd/and people seem to notice everytime I do smile/I guess that mean they come few & far between/Even though I’m living out what you would call a dream…” over a dreamy DJ Khalil soundscape.
Personable moments like these give Drake distinction from your average rookie although his continuous bouts of ventilation teeter along the lines of mellow and melodramatic. Not to mention Lil’ Wayne appearing on 3 of the 7 songs could be perceived as a barrel of self-doubt given Drake’s content’s dismal nature.
Still it’s brilliance like the potty-mouthed dedication to the “Best I Ever Had” and Trey Songz-featured “Successful” which hits its stride as an ode to the ultimate goal, that pit the young star’s artistry in a class by itself. If his retail value manages to match the worth of his promotional material, expect the kid to be out of sight in no time.
Written by TC
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