And this is Drake’s 17th appearance. He can go to an R-rated movie without a grown-up…
Brad Shoup: Is this production from Fright Night 2 or something? Drake sprinkles the chorus with his… well, whatever the opposite of pixie dust is. Love the shouty 2 Chainz though, getting amped about nose rings and apartheid.
Katherine St Asaph: You reach a fork in the lonely, muddy road that is radio hip-hop, where two rappers stand by. One rapper never tells the truth. One rapper never lies. What question can you ask to make them both stop?
Patrick St. Michel: 2 Chainz is the sort of friend who sometimes sounds like a total asshole, what with all his talk about “kidnapping” girlfriends, yikes. Still, he is charismatic and can make you laugh by talking about Cinemax and his dangerous driving habits. Drake, on the other hand, just sounds like a dick with nothing else going for him.
Anthony Easton: It’s meandering and kind of obsessive, with no real direction. The choruses extend past the verses and the verses fail to be contained by choruses, but they do so without the ambition or skill that would make that aimlessness worth listening to.
Jonathan Bogart: Two punching-above-their-weight rappers for the price of one! It’s a close contest on which is more boring, but 2 Chainz remains reliable for one (and only one) “wait, what’d he say?” per song. This time, it’s Popeye.
Alfred Soto: It takes concentration and perhaps talent to create a track this serviceable; it’s as if “” was created for it. The superstar oozes self-involved empathy — the kind that reassures his lay he’ll treat her right as he coaxes her into taking another shot. Chainz huffs and puffs like he wants to blow the Hova house down.
Will Adams: I just really love 2 Chainz’ voice. His incessant interjections sound like a kid who busted into the principal’s office and abused the PA system. More importantly, his on-the-verge-of-shouting delivery from the top of his voice gives an otherwise dour backing some needed levity. It makes me wish he were allotted all four minutes of the song, though. This is all to say: shut up, Drake.
Colin Small: It always amazes me that Drake, a dude with a significantly unique voice, is capable of successfully appearing on so many un-Drake-like songs. Now, we can talk about the current Drake-ification of radio rap music all day, but many of the songs that feature him are much harder and faster than his solo material. 2 Chainz, another dude who appears on a million tracks a day, isn’t as good at matching his voice to a beat. Given that these two may be the most mismatched of all 2012 rap duos, the track ends up being Drake’s rather than 2 Chainz’, which is kind of a shame.
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