Drake Scary Hours EP (Review)

Published on January 26th, 2018

Drake Scary Hours
By: Maia Paras Evrigenis

It’s 5:30 am and my alarm is going off. I stay in bed for too long, and the next thing I know I only have 10 minutes to get to work. I throw on some clothes and a beanie, and run outside to the old Subie. Warming it up I take a second to scroll through Spotify (never in too much of a rush to set the right tunes). I need something to wake me up. It doesn’t take long for me to settle on Drake—who guarantees that I’ll be chilled out while somehow still getting pumped up. I plug my phone into the aux cord and listen to the new singles from Scary Hours, ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Diplomatic Immunity.’ I nod my head and move side to side a bit, speeding on the 5.

‘God’s Plan’ has the same affect as ‘Headlines’ from Take Care and other Drake songs in that it makes you feel instantly cooler than you could possibly ever be. It’s got a smooth, sick beat and confident, cocky lyrics like “She say, ‘Do you love me?’ I tell her, ‘Only partly’, I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry.” ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ on the other hand is more of a harsh journal entry. We hear Drake’s honest thoughts about his current personal life and the state of the world, similar to ‘Free Smoke’ from More Life, ‘6PM in New York’ from If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, ‘Light Up’ from Thank Me Later, and basically every other Drake song that exists.

 

Obviously I think Scary Hours is a great EP, but it seems like I’m the only one. All people are saying about it is that the cover art was possibly stolen, and if they happen to actually be talking about the music, they say they’re bored, and that these songs are nothing we haven’t heard from Drake before.

…what the heck?

Have we gotten to a point where we only consider something to be good if it’s something completely new? Are we really that desperate for the shock factor? As I’ve already addressed, yes, these releases aren’t wildly different from anything we already have of Drake’s. But something having been done before is not enough to make it bad, and something having never been done before is not enough to make it good. Someone like Drake—who is already an original and legendary artist—does not need to find ways to be unique within his already unique way of existing and creating. You don’t have to consistently outdo yourself. Further, to equate the brand new with what is worthy of attention in art is contradictory to the most innate definitions of what it means to be an artist. Art is about expressing the truest forms of the self. If Drake is giving us his truth consistently, then yeah, it makes total sense that his songs are going to sound generally similar.

“Might go down a G.O.D.” Drake says in ‘God’s Plan.’ God is good, reliable, constant, and never changing. So if what Drake really wants is to go down a god, then it doesn’t really matter what you think or how bored you are of him, because he’s succeeding. The music’s always there, always solid, and it always keeps coming. Drake’s a guarantee for something good. Or as he says in ‘Diplomatic Immunity,’ he’s all goodie.

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