March 29, 2016


Two New Drake Songs Surface: Listen to 'Controlla' and 'These Days'

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Update (3/29, 12 p.m.): It turns out that Drake's "These Days" was originally recorded for an upcoming covers EP from the Tumblr rap collective Barf Troop. Crew member Babeo Baggins explained to Dazed and Confused:

“Drake is a friend of mine. 'These Days’ is my favorite song in the world and I showed him the song because he had never heard it. He connected with it, which explains us doing the cover.”

The final version of the song is actually a duet between Drizzy and Baggins, titled "Things I Forgot to Do." It was briefly available through an official soundcloud before being pulled.

Original story (3/29, 11 a.m.): The bubbling anticipation for Drake's Views from the 6 album continues to rise, as two new tracks from the artist have surfaced on the internet. Similar to his "Come and See Me" collaboration with PartyNextDoor, the Toronto native leans more toward the R&B lane for the emotional tunes.

First up is "Controlla," which is the perfect segue from Drizzy's island-themed "Work" jam with Rihanna. Featuring buzzed-about dancehall artist Popcaan (who Drake seems to be obsessed with), its breezy production and references to Jodeci's "Cry For You" will have you longing for intimate dancing on summer nights with your boo.

The next tune, "These Days," is far more unexpected since it's a cover of Nico of The Velvet Underground's 1967 ballad. Drake's vulnerable take on it could mean that he's pouring his broken heart out even more on the new project....or that he's just been watching The Royal Tenenbaums lately.

There is still no word of when Views from the 6 will arrive, but Drake did confirm at SXSW that it will be sometime in April.

Stream the new tracks over at Noisey, read our Complete Guide for Views from the 6 and this essay on the whitewashing of dancehall. And don't forget to check out this episode of our digital miniseries The Drake Effect, this one detailing how Drizzy changed the mixtape game forever: