For superstar artists, it shouldn’t be too difficult to keep your plans a secret. Keep your circle small, be careful who you talk to, hold back from common press activities, and you won’t see the unfortunate fate of a musicians worst nightmare: Music leaking.
This morning, Drake was the victim of some music leaking, as two of his unreleased songs have found their way online.
The first song, Controlla features Popcaan (who was sampled on Kanye West’s Yeezus), and carries some serious tropical vibes. The song can be put in the same lane as Hotline Bling and Drizzy’s feature on Rihanna’s recent hit, Work. Drake does a great job of making the listener feel like they are in the midst of a party in the Caribbean while he raps on about a girl who won’t stop playing games. (“Do things when you want me to/ Like controlla”).
Though both songs seemingly came out of nowhere, there is at least some sort of backstory regarding the second of the leaked songs, These Days. This one is actually a cover of a Jackson Browne song. This song features more of the introspective Drake backed by just a piano and a guitar, as he does his own rendition of the song which deals with issues of loss and regret.
After the pair of songs had been online for a few hours, Washington rapper and singer Babeo Baggins stepped up and claimed the second of the two songs is actually an edited version of her unreleased collaboration with Drake, titled Things I Forgot to Do.
The Internet leaked a song been working on with drake for over a year but if you want to hear the finished one https://t.co/sX2JLn8krM
— The Cowboy™ (@BabeoBaggins) March 29, 2016
Her version of the song sounds a lot more clean and refined than the leaked version, and Baggins vocals add some nice contrast against Drake’s.
Unfortunately, Drake is familiar with his tunes finding their way online before he expected. Back in May of 2015, he was the victim of other leaks, as his unreleased songs Can I, On A Wave, and Go Out Tonight surfaced online.
There is no evidence to suggest that these songs will end up on Drake’s upcoming album Views From The 6, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him carry on with his recent tropical-flavoured sound, especially considering the success of Hotline Bling and Work. Even if these songs aren’t on the album, Drake better be sure to keep his music under wraps before the entire album finds its way online ahead of time.