Drake - "Draft Day"

These late-night surprise song releases from Drake are quickly becoming some of the most exciting things that regularly happen in rap. Last night, Drake hit us with another one: “Draft Day,” which samples Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and features Drake in laid-back tough-talk form. The whole thing seems motivated by Jay Electronica and Jay Z’s “We Made It” freestyle, which targeted Drake, so you can probably expect this low-key rivalry to keep percolating. Drake never mentions either of them by name, but he does mention Chance The Rapper in a slightly derogatory context. (Drake adds a “no offense” disclaimer, but come on, offense.) He also hits on Jennifer Lawrence. It’s pretty great! Download the track below.

“Draft Day” will probably never appear on a Drake album, and that’s fine, but who knows? Go play intramurals, brother.

Comments (9)
  1. I have no idea who the shirtless goofy looking bro being kissed on by two babes is. Is this a sports reference thing?

    • That’s Johnny Manziel aka Johnny ‘Football’. He’s a good friend of Drake’s, and is slated to be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft this year.

      Drake also mentions Andrew Wiggins, who is a basketball player from Toronto who plays for Kansas, and is also slated to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft this year.

      • Ahh, I see I see. I didn’t want to think this had anything to do with being inspired by that terrible-looking Kevin Costner flick of the same name, so it’s good that it does not.

      • Your sports reference game is ridiculous!

        • Thanks!

          I guess I fit into that rare “Stereogum reader/hardcore sports fan/Canadian” category

          • It’s an interesting comparison, too. Because in a lot of ways, Manziel is seen as too small or not tough enough to be able to withstand a season in the NFL. Kind of like how Drake is dismissed by some in the hip-hop community for being too soft / “not tough enough.”

            Good track. That Lauryn Hill sample does things to me.

  2. That picture gets my goat.

  3. This song is absolutely ridiculous. He raps completely against type with a more traditional, boom-bap style that I really want to hear more of from him.
    And that Riff Raff-esque hook.

  4. Produced by Boi-1da. Which is the only thing really worth mentioning as it pertains to this track.

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