Drake has been faithfully keeping fans clued in to his progress in the studio, where he is cooking up his next studio album through Instagram posts and random subliminal messages. In usual Drizzy fashion, he’s been leaving vague hints (what’s a “spritzer season?”) that have fans speculating that an album from the 6 God is right around the corner, considering he dropped "Scorpion" around this time last year.
In a move no one saw coming, the OVO boss surprised fans with a special delivery to tide them over ahead of his ninth annual OVO Fest. Taking to Instagram, the 6 God had fans thoroughly shook Thursday afternoon when he suddenly announced he would be releasing a collection of b-sides that have never been officially released.
With less than 24 hours to prepare, fans braced themselves for the torrent of emotions that blast from the past would unleash. While the special release doesn’t offer anything new on the music front, die-hard Drizzy fans are reveling in the release as a moment to relive some of Drizzy’s greatest moments that could’ve been.
The 17-track record is a loose collection of songs from different points of his career that up until now were mostly only available as bootleg versions floating around on the internet. "Care Package" features fan-favorite b-sides like "5AM in Calabasas," "Can I," the Rick Ross-assisted "Free Spirit" and "The Motion" (which features UK’s honeyed vocalist and beatmaker Sampha).
Come Friday morning, fans' reaction to the special turned from excitement into the internet collectively falling deep in their feelings over the album’s more pensive deep cuts. Some of the tracks, such as “Trust Issues,” had fans on an express train down memory lane of long-repressed memories.
As such, fans have put Hot Girl Summer momentarily on pause as they sob and bop through the tears. Some are playfully ribbing at Drake for ruining the last few weeks of their Hot Girl and Hot Boy Summer with his moody songs. This might be the fumble the City Boys need to move up the scoreboard into the lead.
Give the release a listen below for yourself.
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