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You hear that? That's the sound of a million people letting out a long sigh of disappointment. Assuming you're not tempted to dismiss Drake's upcoming debut on the strength of one song, "Over" will do little more than raise expectations for Thank Me Later. Here's my take on Drake's "Over."

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March 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(1) Jeff says:

Agreed. I though the track was trash.

March 6, 2010 at 3:20 am
(2) Sleepy Wonder says:

I’m Still Curious To See How His Album Turns Out, I Doubt It’ll Be Anything Timeless Though.

March 6, 2010 at 11:14 am
(3) Ryan says:

Henry…you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.

March 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(4) Harry says:

Ryan everyone is entitled to their own opinion but Henry obviously does know seeing as he runs the most real and intellectual hip hop blogs on the web. The song is wack. The beat is underwhelming which is rare for a young money beat and the chorus and lyrics are weak. 2/5 not looking forward to thank me later

March 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(5) ALX says:

Henry actually doesnt know what he’s talking about half the time. Remember this is the same dude who gave The Cool 3 1/2 stars, then later praised it as like the best rap album of the year.

he only likes mos def, jay electronica and others like them. i dont take any review he puts out seriously.

btw this song is ok at best.

(You’re wrong sir. I didn’t review The Cool. — Henry)

March 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(6) AJ says:

First off its a boy 1da beat harry
Second drakes music is the type to grow on you.
I didn’t like best I ever had when I first heard it. But as we all know, it was nominated for 2 Grammys. Just to show how nobody can really predict how the public will react to a song.

All I know is today over has been played about 15 times on my iPod.

March 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(7) Jeff says:

For all you haters.

Zion I >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Young Money

March 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(8) John says:

Surely any idiots who are under some weird impression Henry doesn’t know what he’s talking about just shouldn’t visit the site, never mind leave dumb comments?

Anyway, I think this review is a bit harsh. I like the production quite a lot, and since my expectations for 1st singles are never high, this didn’t really disappoint me. However, Drake can, and (hopefully on the album) will, do so much better.

March 7, 2010 at 2:34 am
(9) Harry says:

I know its a boi-1-da beat but its just generally the south, especially young money are given the best beats

March 7, 2010 at 11:36 am
(10) mike says:

When Eminem Released We made u , everybody just said , we cant judge an album with that single , but now all of you haters are hatin on thank me later .
Ill give 3.5 from 5 to over

(Eminem has a history of releasing weak singles, followed by great albums. Drake, on the other hand, has a history of good singles. It makes sense to expect more from him in this department. — Henry)

March 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm
(11) Ryan says:

Henry, I apologize for knocking on your credibility…it just irritates me when people are so quick to judge Drake and his material. I guess it comes with the territory though.

The majority of Drake’s tracks cannot be taken for their surface value, his material is an evolving story of his life and his rise to fame and fortune in a very short period of time. It’s something that many people dream about but never actually achieve, that’s why people love him.

That being said, I feel like his recent “Over” track hits the nail on the head. The chorus explains his speedy rise to
fame in one year, so fast that he questions his own reality like “…what am I doing? What am I doing?…” then reminds himself “…Oh yeah thas right, I’m doing me…” like this whole thing has been surreal for him.

I don’t really understand how the track sounds like it’s been put together in 20 minutes. These guys are some of the most hard working artists in the game, you can trust that they did not rush this track and that everything is the way it’s supposed to be for a reason. The beginning of the beat resonates a long awaited grand entrance type feel with a strong emphasis on the symbols and violin and no drumline like he’s stopped and taking it all back. Then a soft drumline comes in mid-chorus as soon as he realizes “…I’m doing me, I’m doing me…”. Then the main drumline comes in and it has that military march, doing work type feel with the emphasis on the snare drum like okay the wait is over, i’m here, and its time to set it off.

This song continues to grow on people everyday, just like AJ said, that’s the type of music that Drake makes. As people listen to his material more they discover the inner depth to his lyrics and connection to his story. That is main reason behind his “Thank me Later” album title, the material will grow on you so thank him later when it has. Lastly, although “Over” doesn’t have as much depth as his other songs, it’s a banger and Drake has specifically said that he wants people to have fun with the song and enjoy it! The best way to promote an album is with a banger club anthem. I have no doubt that there will be something for everyone on his album, we just have to be patient.

(Are we listening to the same song? — Henry)

March 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(12) Mitch says:

IMO “Over” is not a banger. It’s not catchy in the least. I thought Drake was saving his good stuff for the album?

Nothing impressing in this track and I hope he surprises me with some good material in the album. I will no longer be buying Thank Me Later. At least not before I download it.

March 8, 2010 at 11:42 am
(13) james says:

wow. after reading the comments, i have to laugh at the ignorance of certain readers. henry does run one of the best rap sites on the web, and drake is painfully overrated. as for the argument of “the cool”, do your homework, dude. henry didn’t review that album. and also, who cares if “best i ever had” won a grammy? the grammys are trash. this song is ok at best and i’m no longer expecting much from drake for his debut album. to say that henry only likes mos def and jay electronica is downright foolish. i’ve been following this site for about four years, and i’d have to say that this is my favorite rap site. so haters, shut it. drake’s single was weak. get over it.

March 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm
(14) Adsy says:

Its true Henry does have the best hip hop blog on the web but to even have a review on one song by Drake when there are many better songs out there that he doesnt spare the time of day to write a full review on shows that he may have been falling off lately, even if he correctly gave it 2 stars….

still Mos Def and Jay electronica > Drake every day of the week and if you dont like it go and talk about this injustice with all your mates at school who listen to that rubbish and dont bother the people who actually appreciate ‘real’ hip hop

March 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm
(15) john says:

The beat starts out good, but once Drake comes in it’s pretty weak. And the chorus is definitely weak, but I think his lyrics are tight.

March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm
(16) zack says:

Not single material but still good. Its one of those that you have to get used to, like ace hood’s ride. I bet his album will be good. Henry have you heard “better days” by the Game? He did pretty well with that song, and Curren$y is making some moves right now too.

March 9, 2010 at 12:12 am
(17) SR says:

Ehhhhh the beat really annoyed me, and the chorus killed the song. I dont really care for Drake but I still want to see how the album turns out..Oh yea and this site IS DOPE, been following for a while and Havent lost interest unlike other sites.

March 9, 2010 at 1:12 am
(18) realtalk says:

royce kill this track his freestyle was sick even made da beat sound better

March 9, 2010 at 1:14 am
(19) Patrick L says:

The Grammys have no credibility. Flo Rida was nominated for best album.

March 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(20) Chris Bizzle says:

Wow, Drake is so overrated, it makes me sick. Like honestly, anyone who thinks he is the best in the game today, which I know lots of people think that, does not know hip hop and rap. Like come on, all his songs are repetition and he doesnt go deep like Lupe, K-os, Mos Def, just to name a few. LOL at the guy who said Drakes lyrics have depth. You really need to listen to the real stuff and not Drakes poo doo.

March 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(21) John says:

I don’t think it’s fair to overlook Drake’s skills and ability as a rapper. The main criticisms of his music are that it’s commercial and that he does too many crossover/female songs, despite the fact that materialism has always had a role in hip-hop (Paid in Full? C.R.E.A.M.?), and Drake’s music is more about the complexities of being famous than actually being rich e.g. The Calm.. and despite the fact that LL Cool J made crossover songs for women and that was fine with hip-hop fans. On top of that, he can rap.

I don’t think he’s the best rapper alive, or even one of them. And I don’t like this song much, but come on…

March 11, 2010 at 12:06 am
(22) TVN says:

I listened to it last week.
It’s garbage.

March 11, 2010 at 1:45 am
(23) Silva says:

This track had an opposite effect on me. Where most Drake fans were disappointed, I’m a Mos Def, Jay Electronica fan like Henry and I was really diggin this song. I’m not a fan of most of Drake’s music but this is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard from him, imo. And I heard So Far Gone and Comeback Season. I feel like he maximized his potential with this one so it’s awkward that most feel that he can do a lot better than this.

March 11, 2010 at 8:04 am
(24) Kahlilah says:

Im kinda feeling over..when I first heard it..I was like wack!!! but it has grew on me.. not his best work..too much t-pain in his voice…lyric really have no meaning..a lil commerical.. but he still young and trying to find himself in his music.. I would still support him on the album.. SN(I think Henry does great on his reviews, remember its just a difference in opionion)

March 17, 2010 at 2:24 am
(25) Ryan says:

Yo! Check out my group’s version of Over if you don’t like this one. We’re a signed group called Native Strangers and we killed it better than anybody else. See for yourself…

http://limelinx.com/files/7e82f6f18c4b7c02847cacb642c9bc09

March 26, 2010 at 12:43 am
(26) Staten says:

First of all Drake hardest songs are the one’s before he was popular.. second he is becoming just like Lil’ Wayne.. he’s been paid his whole life.. he went from getting MONEY on Degrassi.. to getting MONEY from his music.. so I can’t relate to him.. therefore lines talking about how “he moved out his mommas basement to a condo downtown” I can’t f*ck with because its an attempt to relate with normal people but he’s been on Degrassi for mad long.. he’s acting like somehow his rapping has to do with him having money.. like he wouldn’t be rich without it.. and one song he said “n*ggas will buy it too and said they bought it for their sisters” he only raps for girls.. Trey songz never even says some out of line sh*t like that… his ONLY relateable lines are he dropped out of college not because hes lazy but hes not the social type and campus life is crazy.. that was hard… but he dropped out because Degrassi had him set for life.. I know it sounds like I’m hating but Im just saying he went from semi relateable but down to earth.. to mad egotistical and corny.. I hope its a phase or something because I personally feel that he has the potential to be nice.. his first step to recovery is to get a new york lyricist to mentor him. And the “over” beat was HARD in my opinion.. wait for Fab or Papoose to go in on it.

March 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm
(27) YEP says:

I think henry your jus really dumb….. thts it

April 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(28) james says:

after giving it about a month before i came back to this song, i have to say that it has grown on me. i consider myself to be a true hip-hop fan who likes real MCs, but I also like fun music too, and I have to say, when it comes to music I like to bump in my car, Drake is top notch. I’d have to say I actually do like this song and I am excited for Drake’s album.

April 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(29) WB says:

Degrassi had him “set for life”? It’s a Canadian cable show, do you have any idea how much money you to save in order to retire comfortably? He wasn’t Jen Anniston on Friends.

April 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(30) biodun says:

the chorus and beat is veerry nice and d first two verses wasnt dat good,but wateva…….DRAKE is still one of the best rappers

May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm
(31) KEMAR says:

You people are all stupid this song is great and you would think so to if you understood the lyrics

June 25, 2010 at 12:55 am
(32) olschooler says:

Drake has potential! He ain’t there yet!! As for the lyrics, Kemar break it down for us!! Help us to understand what you understand! I am especially looking forward to your explanation on the Rosetta Stone lyric and its relevance. Or “Two thumbs up, ebert and Roper”. Sounds like a desperate attempt to fill a lyric. Actually, not to pick on Kemar but can anyone explain this song?

December 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm
(33) Bob says:

I think the lyrics are somewhat abysmal, the inflection is inane but can great at times (like the opening line), and the production ans song crafting is brilliant.

In 2 words: abysmally orchestral.

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