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"Drake 'Drizzy' Rogers" dropped late in September 2009 as a mixtape containing many works from the rapper known mononymously as Drake. An unofficial release (not actually coming through his Young Money label - which is owned by the New Orleans rapper Lil' Wayne), it contains tunes heard on both his official mixtapes and from his debut EP from earlier in that year as promotion towards his official album-length debut.
1. "Best I Ever Had"
This one was quite simply the biggest song off the thing and one which just had to be included as the first off this release as he comes up with a killer joint which merges his skills at singing and raps for a fly joint which has him speaking on the one girl who did it that extra bit better than all the others he's been with. If you are familiar with this one, then you are likely to be taken aback when you here the explicit version you get here.
2. "Girl Let Me"
A track which isn't really his own, this is a Belly track with a little something from Drizzy on it. We find that we get a very spacey piece and one that has the Canadian rapper going much more towards the R&B side of things (with the aid of auto-tuning) than the raps and I have to say that although it may be something that real fans of Drake's will be into, I didn't think that it offered all that much compared to others he's done.
3. "I'm Still Fly"
Another tune where Drake's role in things is overstated, this is a tune done by page and has Drake on the hook to give it a little bit of a boost as he both rhymes and sings. I thought that this was a pretty big one and the hardcore beats that we get from it make you gravitate towards it, but I just thought that the dominance of the main artist meant that it was strange for this one to be included on a release of Drake's main work.
4. "Still Drake"
Here we see that Trey Songz and Drake come together to do something that you'd expect on a mixtape as they get in over some classic material. We see that here the two of them get to the rapping (in spite of the fact that Trey is an R&B singer) as they come in over Dr. Dre's classic late nineties, Snoop Dogg-assisted "Still D.R.E" for a tune that I saw to be a big one here in the mix of the release.
5. "Stay Late"
One of many here where it's all about the combination of Drizzy and Weezy, we find that here we have a heavy piece and one that really deserved to get all the attention around the time when it dropped. We see just how well the two of them work off each other's hype and go off with flows where they just flow about how they stack up against their main competitors in the game and show what their potential has to offer.
6. "I'm Goin In"
This was a very popular one from the thing and one that needs deserves the attention it received as you see that in it Lil' Wayne and Young Jeezy come to assist him on a pure Dirty South club banger of a tune that competes with some of the best that have come out of the area from the last few years. Needlz is behind the beats and he brings something perfectly in-line with the trends to make for one of the best on the mixtape.
7. "The Presentation"
We see that here we move back towards some of the earlier stuff from the artist where we here him rapping as an unsigned artist. I felt that it was nice to see such stripped-down work as this as he shows that he doesn't have to change his style to make it fit in on rather minimalistic stuff and to do all that he intends it to. It has him showing just how he knows that he's above others in the game with futuristic things that will take people a long time to fully comprehend.
8. "Where To Now"
Here we have a tune from him where he goes in with some of the hardest flows as he shows where exactly his inspiration for rapping has come from and how he hasn't looked towards typical and obvious places to come up with his music and instead it's been nothing but alternative things to make for such a interesting creation as he seems to be. It's a nice one to show a very different side to him than what his club bangers have to offer.
9. "Brand New"
Although this one is relatively short, we find that he's able to pack a fair bit into it as he comes up with a soft R&B tune and a tune to show what exactly he has the potential to do when looking at this end of his music. I thought that although this one didn't hit me immediately, with time you really have to feel what he does with this one as he brings in some thought-provoking stuff whilst pondering over whether his music is actually innovative or completely recycled.
10. "Money To Blow"
Here you get a banger of a joint where Lil' Wayne joins Drake on a track that is actually done by Wayne's 'daddy' Birdman, and is seen to be a pure club banger of a tune where it is all designed to appeal to this sort of area and come out with nothing but what everyone is almost guaranteed to enjoy as they hit up these areas. The tune goes hard and doesn't have any major flaws to it to pull it down.
11. "Come Real" (Lude)
He comes off a very short one to blast out another where he gains the support of Trey Songz and Lil Wayne (even though they usually aren't all together). This is an interesting one and I thought that it came together well as we see how strong they are able to come out with club tunes to the point that they don't need to put them out as singles and are able to allow them to sit in on mixtapes without doing anything.
Another of the tunes from relatively early on in his recording career, we see that here we get a tune that has him pulling out a tune that leaves us in a very good place when you consider that this is the final tune on the mixtape. He just blasts out any old thing here and because he's got so much in his head, it's nothing but pure quality material that is bound to blow you away (as it will have throughout this release).
I thought that this was a pretty strong mixtape from Drake and although it is just one of many unofficial collections of his tunes, I thought that it was amongst the best. I did fell that it missed out some important ones, but you can't complain when you see just how well this piece seems to flow as if it was an album from him.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Best I Ever Had
2 Girl Let Me
3 I'm Still Fly
4 Still Dre
5 Stay Late
6 I'm Going In
7 Presentation, The
8 Where To Now
9 Missing You
10 Brand New
11 Money To Blow
12 Come Real
15 Best I Ever Had