Seemingly out of the blue, Drake has shared a pair of new tracks with no warning when his new songs ‘God's Plan and ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ premiered on streaming services on Friday night, 19 January. The two songs make up the Toronto rapper’s new EP Scary Hours.
The synth-heavy ‘God's Plan,’ produced by frequent collaborators Yung Exclusive, Boi-1da, Cardo, and Noah "40" Shebib, charts Drake's ascent in the music world despite people "wishin'" for "bad things" to happen. "God's plan / I can't do this on my own / Someone watching this s_t close," Drake sings on the chorus.
‘Diplomatic Immunity’, meanwhile, is a chorus-less workout produced by Boi-1da, which homes in on the pleasures of Drake's jet-setting lifestyle, as well as its occasional downside. "Violating the treaty of Versailles / 'Champagne' is the alias but no cease and desist in I / I refuse to comply with regulations / Listen to heavy metal for meditation / No silence," Drake raps, later stating that 2017 was "the year I lost a J.Lo."
‘God's Plan,’ which partially leaked in late 2017, and ‘Diplomatic Immunity,’ mark Drake's first solo songs since he unveiled his track ‘Signs’ in June 2017 for a Louis Vuitton fashion show.
Scary Hours is also Drake's first release since the rapper dropped his "playlist" More Life, one of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017, in March of that year. After finishing up another world tour in its wake, it was widely believed that Drake had re-entered the studio to work on new solo material.
Outside of the studio, Drake has also been keeping busy with a number of courtside appearances at the NBA, with the rapper often seen supporting his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors. Back in November 2017, he even moonlighted as a basketball reporter by interviewing Raptors player Kyle Lowry following the conclusion of a match.
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