Drake & Slim K - Take Care: The Prelude (Chopped & Screwed) (datpiff, 2011)
There was a time where I would’ve been worried about including Drake’s music on this blog, because despite being a longtime fan (and writing about his music in this blog’s early incarnation - when no one read it), the readers I garnered never took kindly to young Aubrey. Nothing’s really changed about that except for the simple fact that I rarely contribute anything on the internet anymore, so I’m going off the notion that no one is paying attention.
Slim K is best known around our circles for his beautifully slowed renditions of ASAP Rocky’s leaked tracks. It seems only right that Slim would also be able to expertly screw Drake’s music, not only because Rocky will be on Drake’s forthcoming Club Paradise tour, but also due to both artists’ similar quiet storm aesthetics.
Dreams Money Can Buy was already melancholic before Slim got ahead of it, but with the tempo slowed to a snail’s pace, it takes on a new life of its own. The same can be said of Marvin’s Room and this tape’s highlight, Trust Issues, which strikes even more of the paranoid-laden notes it was attempting to reach than the original. Even Future, 2011’s MVP, has his hit single Tunney Muntannah get a new life breathed into it by Slim’s treatment. And Drake’s verse doesn’t sound as out of place here! (it’s still a pretty awkward place for a Drake verse, but it’s something, y’know?)