“This Saturday…I’m going off…I am the DJ for the first hour,” Drake wrote on Instagram this week of the upcoming episode of his OVO Radio show. The rapper delivered Saturday by premiering three new tracks: His own “4PM in Calabasas,” a Gucci Mane collaboration titled “Back on Road” and Justin Bieber‘s remix of Views‘ smash “One Dance.”
“4PM in Calabasas,” a sequel of sorts to similarly time-and-place tracks like “9AM in Dallas,” “5AM in Toronto” and “6PM in New York,” finds Drake looking back at the beginning of his career as well as the constant anxiety that comes with being famous.
“Might never try to rap like Pac / But Pac never tried to sing like Mike / Those my dad’s words to me when I asked him how to try and make it in life / And I always said my mother gave the greatest advice,” Drake raps on “4PM in Calabasas.”
Later on the Vinylz and Frank Dukes-produced track, Drake briefly calls back to Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message. “Don’t push me ’cause I’m way too uneasy nowadays / These guys move so greasy nowadays / I tell you my life and y’all don’t believe me when I say / I’ll save my stories for down the line / I’m too ahead of the curve every time / Just total the hits and see what you find / You SWV ’cause you ‘Weak’ and I’m always ‘always on your mind,'” Drake raps, referencing the Nineties R&B group.
OVO Radio also debuted “Back on Road,” Drake’s collaboration with Gucci Mane, who was just released from prison on May 26th. Drake contributes the chorus to the track, which caps off a busy first week out of jail for the Atlanta rapper, following the release of his “First Day Out Tha Feds” and his guest appearance on G.O.O.D. Music’s still-untitled Cruel Winter track.
Finally, after hinting at it all week, Drake unveiled the “One Dance” remix featuring fellow Canadian Bieber. On this version, the Purpose singer opens up the first 90 seconds of the Hot 100-topping single, contributing his own verses and even swapping the Hennessey in Drake’s original chorus for 1942 tequila.
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) June 4, 2016