Adding Drake to a song is never a bad idea. Whether if he takes a verse or rips the chorus, you are guaranteed a hit that is going to capture everyone's attention. Here's a list of Drake features that turned into absolute bangers.
The Essential Pre-Lollapalooza Sampler Playlist
Hope you have tickets.
Lollapalooza is a 4-day music festival taking place August 3-6 at Grant Park, Chicago in Illinois. Featuring awesome artists such as Lorde, Charli XCX, Muse, Glass Animals, Chance the Rapper, and many more. This major summer festival is guaranteed to be a hit.
This playlist is the perfect sampler plate to wet your appetite before the actual festival. It features all of the major performers, as well as others you might have not heard of before. It's a great way to re-familiarize yourself with some of the acts, as well as discover someone new you might want to check out at the festival.
Check out the playlist! You might discover something new.
The Ego Boost Playlist
A shot of self-confidence.
Introducing what is probably the ultimate playlist for boosting your self-confidence and ego. Over 60 tracks and four hours in length of songs that can help inspire, motivate and praise, while telling your haters to f*** off and telling your obstacles "F*** you, you're going down."
This playlist is filled with songs from rock, to pop, to rap. I've even added a few soundtrack songs -- one anime opening theme, the famous Last of the Mohicans song and two WWE entrance themes -- all because I can see these having the power to help you get up and fight.
Some of my favorite tracks:
"The Burden of Being Wonderful" by Steel Panther -- If you know Steel Panther, it's most likely from their song "Gloryhole" and the accompanying music video (yes, really). But this band known for it's entertaining, yet sometimes vulgar, lyrics also produced this humorous song about the subject being better than everyone else. While the song and band don't have a serious tone, people have identified with this song believe it or not. Heck, I can't believe I haven't found anyone who uses this as entrance music, especially a professional wrestling villain. I'm calling dibs on this song then.
"Not Giving Up" by The Crash Motive -- Some of you may recognize this song from Madden NFL 07, which was actually my first Madden video game. This song, especially the chorus, is perfect to remind you to be strong in heart and, well, not give up under any circumstances.
"Not Gonna Die" and "Rise" by Skillet -- Skillet is awesome. They're always the band I turn to when I need motivation, and they're definitely one of my favorite bands. Believe it or not, they're a Christian rock band, but you may not even be able to tell based on some of their songs. Experience a sample of their awesomeness with this playlist.
"Can You Hear Me Now?" -- Perfect when you've conquered, or ready to conquer, and you wanna scream something to your critics and doubters.
"Hate Me Now" by Nas -- Egotistical ones who like rap, especially 90s rap, this is your song.
"The Man" by Aloe Blacc -- Put in your headphones and walk on, just like in those old Beats by Dre commercials.
But basically, all these songs are awesome and fit in one way or another. Have a listen and enjoy. Because you can do it, you never-say-die folks (or you egotistical ones)!
How Exactly Drake has the Music Business by the Throat
The enigma of Aubrey Drake Graham.
It's no secret that Drake is one of the hottest artists in music right now. Quite simply, he's killing the game. He couldn't put out a bad project right now if he wanted to. But what exactly is Aubrey Drake Graham doing so well that allows him to stay at the top?
Before I get into the music, let's look at the social side. Take the Hotline Bling video--you know, the one that sparked a thousand memes. Plus, Drake's dancing. The video was released in October, and people still can't stop talking about it--or meme-ing it.
Another aspect to consider is his involvement in sports. Everyone knows that Drake's a bit of a bandwagon fan, but when it comes to basketball, don't get it twisted; he's a Toronto Raptors fan through and through. He makes this well known, whether it's OVO giveaways at games, sitting courtside with his mom, or acting as a team ambassador. The fans love him, and he loves Toronto. I mean, the man even has Toronto's city councilor Norm Kelly tweeting disses at Meek Mill, whom he had beef with this summer. The city he refers to as "The 6" has his back no matter what.
Let's get into the music. Drake's been on the music scene since 2007 when his second project, Comeback Season, was released. He really gained the public's attention two years later with So Far Gone, and after Thank Me Later there was nowhere for him to go but up. Collaborations with Lil' Wayne and the entire YMCMB label followed these, pushing him higher up the music food chain, and then Take Care and Nothing Was The Same cemented his "superstar" label.
Now that we've got Drake's background down, let's look at his biggest year yet--2015. The entire music world has been waiting on Drake's highly anticipated album, Views From The 6 for around a year and some change now. He consistently drops hints related to the release date here and there, whether it be in the lyrics of the song or on social media, but never anything specific. For example, Drake spit the line, "The album is coming September just wait on it" in Migos' song Versace, but still no album. He dropped 0-100/The Catch Up in July 2014 with the line, "We already got spring 2015 poppin'". September 2014 passed with no album dropped. But then, spring 2015 rolled around.
In February 2015, Drake dropped his shock project, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late. While there was immense excitement in the music world, it wasn't what we were waiting for. We wanted Views--what he's been promising us. Time goes by, more hints are dropped, but still no Views. Then, this fall, Drizzy released his collaboration album What A Time to Be Alive with Future, after a reported six days in the studio. While this album is absolutely amazing, it's still not what we were waiting for. Why?
What Drake has been doing with his music is pure genius from a business standpoint. He's well aware of the short attention span that most music listeners have. He fixed this by releasing 2 full studio albums only 7 months apart. For reference, Dr. Dre's most recent studio album Compton was released 16 YEARS after 2001. Look, Drake knows we're waiting beyond anxiously for Views From The 6. So what does he do? He's feeding us hit music consistently, but not releasing Views so that we want it that much more. It's like playing hard to get--Why give the people what they want, when you can give them little previews so that they feel like they absolutely have to have it? Sure, other artists have released big albums, but Drake's album is what music fans are really waiting for. It's a must have, must buy album for me. It's business, and good business. Drake's playing with us-- and it's working.
The March Madness Pregame Playlist
It's that time of the year!
With 67 games and 68 teams, March Madness appeals to almost every college basketball fan. Whether it's your bracket, alma mater, local school or upset special, the NCAA Tournament reigns supreme on the heart. This playlist is designed for the tournament banger, the bracket confidence-booster, the pregame rituals, and overall sense that March basketball is back.
This playlist features everything, from heartbreak in the tournament to a cinderella story. Featured artists include rap artists Future, Eminem and Kanye West ... to traditional jams from Queen, Metallica and AC/DC. Lose a bit of cash in your bracket pools? Not to worry, Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" is included as well. Good luck!
Drake Releases "To The Max" With DJ Khaled
Drake and DJ Khaled teamed up again for the release of "To The Max". Around this time last summer, they released "For Free". With this song dropping, we can expect Khaled's upcoming album "Grateful" to come out sometime soon.
As far as this song is concerned, I feel it's very underwhelming, considering the great bangers Khaled and Drake have teamed up for in the past. The beat itself is way more noteworthy than Drake's feature.
That being said, expect the radio to eat it up anyways. Take a listen for yourself!