On J. Cole’s Debut & Mainstream Success

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/j-cole">J. Cole</a> released his Roc Nation debut last week and the disgruntled fan masses awoke with a myriad of opinions.


The Hip-Hop Grammy Family For 2011

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/12/2011-grammy-nominations"> The question was raised in <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/quincy-jones-does-not-want-to-be-compared-to-kanye-west">a recent discussion</a> if a Grammy still mattered.


Drake Feat. Mary J. Blige & Swizz Beatz – “Fancy (Remix)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/great-drake-videos-he-didnt-even-make"> This isn't so much of a remix as it is a rehash. But the beat is so cold and in my assertive opinion, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/swizz-beatz">Swizzle</a> does the damn thang on the hook, so, take that haters.


Great Drake Videos He Didn’t Even Make

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/cookin-soul-don-cannon-present-drake-thank-us-later"> I <a href="http://www.thesource.com/articles/26462/PointCounterpoint%3A-Is-Drake-Overexposed%2C-Already%3F?thesource-prod=4u7c7ij2kknsapavrpjv157427">recently read</a> that Drake is a socially awkward, lip-puckering roody-poo whose best moments happen when he's off camera.


Drake Feat. Bun B – “Miss Me (OG Mix)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/08/drake-feat-lil-wayne-miss-me-video-2"> Bun Bizzle was generous enough to share the original version of "Miss Me" <a href="http://twitter.com/BunBTrillOG/status/24416078032">via Twitter</a> today.


Drake Feat. Lil Wayne – “Miss Me” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/08/drake-reveals-his-biggest-thank-me-later-regrets"> "Tell meeeee what's really goin' onnnnn" is one of the dopest openings to a song I've heard in a very long time. It's just infectious as hell. It's difficult not to walk around humming it to yourself for days after listening to Drake's "Miss Me". The song is a highlight on the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later?doing_wp_cron">4.5 cigger </a> and the video is just as raw.


Drake – “Find Yuh Love (DJ Benzi Remix)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later">Thank Me Later</a> was copped it's second week out and still hasn't gotten a single spin.


So Why Wasn’t Thank Me Later Perfect?

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later"> According to Drake, his first-born [studio] baby coulda-woulda-shoulda been even better than <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later">the streak of majorness</a> you have on your iPod.


The Week That Was: The “Thank Me Now” Edition

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later"> -- Drake won over big in the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/drake-sells-462k-in-his-first-week">court of public opinion</a>, as well as the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later">critical ears</a> of the review crew.


“Unforgettable” – Review Of Drake’s Thank Me Later

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/drake-sells-462k-in-his-first-week"> No introduction needed for this one, as adoring fans and awaiting haters have anticipated the release of Thank Me Later since the DeGrassi graduate took music by storm a year ago. With the success of “Over” and a new leak with a new Hip-Hop A-lister every week for months, the foundation’s been laid for Drake to seize Hip-Hop’s spotlight. And seize it he does. Thank Me Later is pure platinum pop, 15 tracks of masterful songcraft with only a few hiccups. Rarely does a transition lag and or a sample sound out of place. Drake excels as a versatile performer capable of creating soothing melodies such as those on the sublime “Karaoke,” while remaining street enough to trade rhymes with rough around the edges Young Money cohorts. The album’s greatest strength is its balance—Drake never drifts too far into one style, ensuring the album maintains its universal appeal throughout. Equally as impressive are his hooks—his Auto-Tuned wailing on “Miss Me,” or “The Resistance” upgrade good tracks to great and stay in your head long after you’ve plucked out your headphones. This same quality makes him a master collaborator, allowing his superiorly talented lyrical peers to upstage him on verses without relinquishing ownership of the track. In this environment, his guests turn in virtuoso performances. Young Jeezy provides a welcome dose of thug motivation on the night-riding anthem “Unforgettable.” Weezy makes an appearance in between court dates to bless “Miss Me” with an appropriately alien flow. And <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/jay-z">Hov</a> stops by to prove he still holds the crown with his ridiculous “<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/jay-zs-triple-entendre">triple entendre</a>” spot on “Light Up.


Drake Is The Golden Child…

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/crooks-and-castles-buys-every-copy-of-drakes-album-in-best-buy"> ...Well, give or take roughly 40,000 scans. But with a 1st week tally of 462,989, I'm sure nobody is holding that against him. We all can thank 50 Cent for this meaningless accumulation of facts being so revered. The opening seven days is merely a fistfight compared to the year-long battle an album usually fends for to stay in the spotlight. However, a celebration is still in order. Thank Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Records, every Hip-Hop/R&B blog, publication and soapbox in existence and of course, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/crooks-and-castles-buys-every-copy-of-drakes-album-in-best-buy">Crooks & Castles</a> for such an accomplishment.


Crooks & Castles Really, REALLY ♥’s Drake

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/video-drake-advertises-thank-me-later"> If you're a concerned fan and are worried Drake may be victim of a flop for the release <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/thank-me-later">Thank Me Later</a>, Crooks & Castles is here to comfort you.


Drake Feat. Jay-Z & Lil Wayne – “Light Up (Rikers Remix)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/preview-drakes-walmart-soundcheck"> While the warden's away, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/lil-wayne">Weezy</a> will play.


Your Friendly Reminder To Buy Thank Me Later

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/preview-drakes-walmart-soundcheck"> This post is dedicated to you. Yeah you. The one with the shiny gold Maxwell in your CD wallet with Thank Me Later inscribed in top shelf Sharpie. The one who tried to impress their date the other day by putting on "Karaoke" to set the mood. Updating your Facebook statuses with all sorts of exclusive Drakisms all damn day. Yes, the <a href=" http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/recovery">most anticipated</a> and <a href=" http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/eminem">biggest stars</a> leak earlier than usual.


Drake – “You Know, You Know” (Produced By Kanye West)

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With Thank Me Later leaking a couple of weeks before the album is supposed to officially drop, smart money has the iTunes version and retail version containing a few more Easter Eggs than originally intended.


Drake Talks Thank Me Later

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<a href="http://soundcheck.walmart.com/drake"> Expectations are the new anticipation and unfortunately Drake is bound to flop now & on June 15. Too much singing, not enough verbal gymnastics à la Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap & other greats. Not political enough. He didn't do anything to warrant all the attention & acclaim...except most likely strike gold when the first week's numbers come out. There's a level of shortsighted by purists & fogeys thinking that TML should be the album they grew up with. Dope boys want their anthems, otherwise he's not a certified a hard rock. It's valid, but flawed to a degree. There's <a href="http://theloop21.com/society/i-hate-drake-there-i-said-it">plenty of reasons</a> to dislike who he's been made out to be by the media and the bludgeoning we receive from radio.


Drake Feat. Jay-Z – “Light Up”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/drake-find-your-love-video"> Still blinded by yesterday's "<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/download-drake-feat-alicia-keys-fireworks">Fireworks</a>" display.


Drake Feat. Alicia Keys – “Fireworks”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/drake-find-your-love-video"> And the award for the most befitting tune this Memorial Day weekend goes to... In less than a month, this will be the opening number you're greeted to when you experience <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/thank-me-later">Thank Me Later</a> (however you may obtain it is up to you).


Drake Feat. Lil Wayne – “Miss Me”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/drake-feat-jay-z-light-up"> Although it lacks the fiery passion that made <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/08/drake-feat-trey-songz-successful-video">"Successful"</a> such an instantaneous classic, Drake and Weezy F.


Drake Feat. Young Jeezy – “Unforgettable”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/drake-find-your-love-video"> Simply put, Thank Me Later has <a href="http://realtalkny.uproxx.com/2010/05/topic/topic/featured/drakes-thank-me-later-tracklisting">too many guest appearances</a>.

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