Girl I Know You Want It: Drake’s Sweeterman (Remix) and Why Aubrey Killed The Game Too
Coming off his straight heater of a mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, this man Drake can honestly do no wrong. From his new association with Apple Music, to his record tying 14 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 this year, it’s safe to say that Drake is safely on top of the rap game for the moment.
But what about the R&B game?
We all know about Drake’s tendencies to dabble in slow jams, putting out silky smooth tracks about love and heartbreak over 40’s beats. He’s developed a style with that speakers-underwater sound and spaced out vocals mixed perfectly with classic R&B harmonizing. I mean, who could forget that time when Drake was considering releasing a “collaborative” album with Aaliyah (see “Enough Said”)?
There was the TLC “Fan Mail” inspired track “I Get Lonely Too” that Drizzy released in 2010, and it had everyone wondering who this new kid was, rapping with his heart on his sleeve. Ever since Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreaks, songs revealing the emotional side of rappers became more and more commonplace. And arguably no rapper ran with this style better than Mr. Aubrey “Drake” Graham himself.
I once told a girl to listen to Drake on her way home from a date, and she countered with a laugh and said “No, I don’t want to grow another vagina”. We all know the running joke about Drake’s softness in his music. At this point, we all know about Take Care and the infamous “Marvin’s Room”, the anthem for friend-zoned simps all over the world. But on the same album, he brings the gold with “Good Ones Go” and “Doing It Wrong” as we get Aubrey doing his introspective thing, reflecting on the girls he had to let go (for their own good, apparently) to follow his dream in music, and the regret and “what-ifs” that follow.
It’s easy to generalize Drake’s slow jams under the broad category of soft. And honestly, they very well can be placed under this umbrella (who am I kidding, they are Charmin dipped in moisturizer soft). But how can we pretend (especially us guys) that we haven’t felt the exact things that he sings about in these songs? Let’s exclude the obvious radio friendly sing-alongs in “Find Your Love” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (and the weird kidnapping/mafia/rescue music videos that followed), and we have to agree that this is true to life stuff that Drake stays crooning about.
Now is this an article pleading the case AGAINST Drake being soft? No way (Cochran himself would give up on that). But Drake, even at his most Aubrey moments has gotten me thru rainy days, broken hearts, and general R&B moods since 2009, and Sweet Kev ain’t ashamed of that. From “Days in the East” back to “Trust Issues” and all the way to “Bitch Is Crazy” off Comeback Season, I’ve felt more of a connection to this side of Drake, the Aubrey side, than that of his rapper persona.
Let’s be real. We all have said the line “runnin’ thru the 6 with my woes” at least 5 times since “Know Yourself” came out. But there’s a big difference between what Drake talks about and using it to describe being at some nightclub on Instagram or to describe a squad trip to a local food spot (you all know who you are). When Drake raps about his life as a famous rapper, can any of us really relate to that? As much as most Drake fans like to front, most of them don’t have the riches (“sold a couple Bentleys last week, they were my old toys”), the haters (“they gon’ say your name on the airwaves, they gon’ hit you up right after like it’s only rap”), the money centered trust issues (see all of “How Bout Now”), or the work ethic (“I can never ever let the streets down, haven’t left the condo for a week now”) on the same level. (I don’t know about you, but unlike Drake, if I get a text from a centerfold, best believe I’ll reply immediately.)
So now here we are, Drake just put out another one of his singing tracks, and we’re all gonna pretend like “oh it’s just Drake being soft ol’ Drake again?” Sometimes even I am not in the mood for the slow stuff, but I know much of my Drake fandom comes from the connection I feel to his R&B inspired emotional tracks. And that’s the main reason most of us listen to music right? That connection to a certain artist, whether it’s their lyrics/upbringing/values, is what makes them our favorite. If that makes me soft, well I ain’t Sweet Kev for nothing, right?
Oh and by the way, here’s the original to the remix Drake put out:
Yes, he does actually say “When I’m in between her/She’s a screamer/She can’t handle my wiener” in this song.
You can’t tell me Drake’s golden touch didn’t just turn this into another heater.