*Drake has pulled off a rarity with his new song “Draft Day.”
The track samples Lauryn Hill’s 1998 “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” – a huge accomplishment considering Kanye West couldn’t get a sample cleared from the Fugees singer back in 2004.
In the song, Dake gives shout-outs for soon-to-turn-pro quarterback (and good friend) Johnny Manziel, NBA star-in-the-waiting Andrew Wiggins, actor Jennifer Lawrence (“You could really get it”) and there’s a namecheck for Chicago’s “acid rap” pioneer Chance The Rapper.
“Draft Day” is currently available to stream and download at Soundcloud.
The song is fast turning viral, thanks in no small part to its possible reference to Jay Z and Kanye West (“Just hits, no misses/That’s for the married folks”). The rapper has been waiting for his chance since Jay Z took a subtle shot at Drake on a Jay Electronica track with the line: “Sorry Mr. Drizzy for so much art talk/ Silly me rappin’ ’bout sh** that I really bought/ Why these rappers rap about guns they ain’t shot?/ And a bunch of other silly sh** that they ain’t got.”
Drake’s fourth album “Nothing Was The Same” arrived at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 following its release last September. The set passed the million sales mark by November.