It’s 6:25pm EST and the entire Rap Internet is practically glued to OVO Sound on Beats1 as I type this. Drizzy Drake is playing disc jockey as he plays some of his favorite songs and explains how his original intention was just to hit Atlanta and make a few songs with Future, but his ATL friend’s energy was so magnetic that they ended up doing a whole mixtape. “It’s a little soundtrack for the people that need it right now,” says Drake.

The clock just hit 6:28pm and the tape just started playing after a quick intro from October’s very own. I’m not going to lie I’m still tripping on that fact that a peer of mine named this mixtape. Yes, Ernest Baker came up with the tape’s name based off a phone call he had with Drizzy when he hit Ernest to let him know about the project. Wow.

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Anyway, the tape started with a thumpin’ Southside-produced track titled “Digital Dash,” and it definitely finds Aubrey stepping into Future’s 56 Nights zone. It’s an aggressive, rapid fire braggadocio track. Without saying another word, the second turnt up song just came on and it’s another banger. “I got a really big team/we need some really big rings,” Drake shouts on the track dubbed “Big Rings.”

As the fourth song plays, Twitter is lighting up by rap fans already calling it a “classic” and other nonsense. But, honestly it sounds really, really good as far. Sonically, it sounds like Drake is more of a guest on Future’s mxitape. I guess we can chalk that up to Metro Boomin’ and Southside contributing a majority of the beats. However, on song 5, they both slow it down and trade verses about the women they trick on — hence the name “Diamonds Dancing.”

Now, the tape sounds like it’s moving toward the OVO sound which has always been spearheaded by 40. “Plastic Bag” is an ode to their favorite strippers, and the production is more of the R&B influenced, spacey sounds we hear from Drake. “Change Locations” also sounds more like a Aubrey Graham track about ducking chicks after a romp or two. I can’t believe the next song which is pretty much a free commercial for Nike — and catchy as hell. The hook goes “Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman…”

“30 for 30” finishes up the tape and is a retrospective song where Drake goes deep into his mental about his struggle to stay sane while he balances trying to remain Aubrey and the 6-Gawd that his new fans desire. I think this is classic rapper Drake. The lyricist fanatics will love this. After one listen, I’ll say this tape one that will be shaking the clubs well into the winter.



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