There’s a lot of talk surrounding Drake since Views finally made its debut on Friday. From why he took off Popcaan’s verse on “Controlla” to if this album is his best body of work yet and how many copies he’ll sell, the debates go on and on — and probably will for the rest of the week.
Say what you want about Drake, but if there’s one thing the man can do it’s make a damn good interlude. Here’s a ranking of Drake’s best interludes:
1). Bria’s Interlude: With an opening verse from Omarion, sampling Missy Elliott’s “Friendly Skies” and a Bria Miles inspiration; Bria’s Interlude is easily Drake’s best interlude. Though the track off of 2008’s So Far Gone is only 2:21 long, the message of yearning for someone’s attention is far from missed.
“Cause when I’m all alone, I think about your face
And how I wanna touch, I’m so far away (I’m so)
All I wanna do is give you all of me now
Are you ready? Are you ready? Yeah”
2.Buried Alive: This 2011 interlude perfectly describes the pressure K.Dot felt during his then rise to fame all while fitting with the theme of Drake’s Take Care.
“The reason why, the highlight was when he said:
You belong to the people when you’re outside
So dig a shovel full of money, full of power, full of pussy
Full of fame and bury yourself alive, then I died.”
3.Summer’s Over Interlude featuring Majid Al Maskati
Though it just released, “Summer’s Over Interlude” is definitely one of Drake’s best interludes. In an interview, Drake described Views as an album that goes from Summer to Winter. So with Majid of OVO’s R&B duo Majid Jordan singing over the ’70s sounding jam produced by Maneesh, the interlude is reminiscent of ending a summer relationship, tying up loose strings, and prepping for fall.
“Days in the sun
And nights in the rain
Summer is over, simple and plain
Found me some fun that’s good for the pain
Already told you, I don’t feel the same
I don’t feel the same”
On 2010’s Thank Me Later, Drake took it back to what he does best — singing about his woman of the moment. Cece’s Interlude plays out differently than Bria’s. This time Drake doesn’t get the girl. Instead, he sings about resenting his fame in hopes of being taken seriously.
“That’s when you start to laugh
Saying I just want what I can’t have
Won’t even give me a chance
Claiming I’m just not as serious as you
Shorty if you only knew, this is serious.”
5.Good One’s Go Interlude:
With production from 40, “Good Ones Go (Interlude)” which follows up as the second half of “Cameras” focuses on Drake’s regret of making a woman wait too long and reminiscing on her moving on with her life. The interlude also features background vocals from The Weeknd making it another one of Drake’s sad boy anthems. It’s almost reminiscent of a drunk voicemail to an ex gone horribly wrong.
“Don’t you go getting married, don’t you go get engaged
I know you’re getting older, don’t have no time to waste
I shouldn’t be much longer but you shouldn’t have to wait
Can’t lose you, can’t help it, I’m so sorry, I’m so selfish.”
6.Wednesday Night Interlude:
“Wednesday Night Interlude” which was featured on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late seemed out of place on the album. With production and vocals from Party Next Door, the slow interlude is literally just about trying to convince a woman to come over in the midst of drunken loneliness. Though it throws off the flow of the tape, it happens to fit Drake’s aesthetic perfectly.
“Name another woman
Ain’t no other woman that should comfort me when I’m lonely
Mixing Remy, little bit of Henny
I’m running on empty, I’m lonely.”