Drake (feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem)

3.5 out of 5 stars

The summer of 2009 belongs to Aubrey “Drake” Graham. Reeling from recent success with his summer hit “Best I Ever Had,” the Canadian-born “Degrassi” alum has been premiering a string of monster R&B singles in anticipation of his soon-to-be-released debut Thank Me Later. His latest offering is “Forever,” a six-minute smash featuring an epic lineup of hip-hop royalty. The track is divided into four distinct sections finely held together by an overarching beat. With guest appearances by Kanye, Weezy and Detroit’s finest, the song seems like it should be an incomprehensible mishmash of heavy hitters, but the combination works. With a steady stream of successful early releases, Drake is on his way to making his name as a hip-hop powerhouse.

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