Saturday night, Drake came through in the literal eleventh hour, resorting to SoundCloud to let loose on two new tracks via "When To Say When" and his "Chicago Freestyle." Drake notably labeled both cuts as leaks. To complete the experience, he avoids major streaming platforms, leaving fans to enjoy them on the self-service app in addition to YouTube with a music video. Directed by Theo Skudra, the new clip kills two birds with one stone with a key change leading the transition from "When" to "Chicago."
Produced by Sevn Thomas, "Chicago Freestyle" finds Drake pondering on his time on the road while characteristically dwelling on regrets of past relationships and love or lack thereof. On the cut, Drizzy recruits newcomer Giveon for the track's opening vocals, marking yet another strong early bet from Drake. The singer-songwriter's soothing baritone has placed the Long Beach native as a forerunner for the next phase in R&B within this past year, and the Drake co-sign certainly isn't a bad start.
Notably, however, social media was quick to credit vocalist Sampha with the appearance, a claim quickly countered by Giveon and his newfound throng of supporters since the arrival of "Chicago Freestyle."
Shower up and then we hit the club
Touchdown, gotta see what's up
Area code in my phone
What numbers do I still have?
Who do I know from the past?