Hear Drake’s Lauryn Hill-Sampling, Hunger Games-Referencing “Draft Day”

Slate's Culture Blog
April 2 2014 11:48 AM

Hear Drake’s Lauryn Hill-Sampling, Hunger Games-Referencing “Draft Day”

"On some Hunger Games s--t, I would die for my district" - Drake.

Photo-illustration by Holly Allen. Drake photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images. Hunger Games photo by Murray Close/Lionsgate

Drake and NFL prospect Johnny Manziel have developed a widely publicized fast friendship in recent months—the player even got the rapper’s OVO logo tattooed on his wrist. And with the NFL draft in a little over a month, Drake released a brand new freestyle overnight, “Draft Day,” dedicated to the rookie. Produced by Boi-1da, Ducko McFli, and Syk Sense, as Miss Info notes, “Draft Day” sees Drake laying quotable punch lines over a soulful beat that loops Lauryn Hill’s classic “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

Wasting no time, Drake pushes back at Jay Z’s “We Made It” jab, saying, “You know they love to pop all that shit when I’m not around/ But when I’m here, not a sound.” (At the time, Drake was on the European leg of his tour.) In an attempt to extinguish the feud, however, he says later, “We all do it for the art, so I can never hate, though.” The rapid-fire references never slow down from there, with Drake name-dropping everyone from Andrew Wiggins, Jose Canseco, and Chance the Rapper, to, finally, in the comical highlight: “On some Hunger Games shit, I would die for my district/ Jennifer Lawrence, you can really get it.”

Dee Lockett is Slate's editorial assistant for culture.



Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Learns That Breaking Up a Country Is Hard to Do

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
The World
Sept. 19 2014 11:36 AM Breaking Up Countries Is Still Hard to Do
Sept. 19 2014 12:09 PM How Accelerators Have Changed Startup Funding
The Vault
Sept. 19 2014 12:08 PM The CIA Used to Have a Commute-By-Canoe Club. One Member's Memories
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 12:10 PM Watch the Trailer for Big Eyes, a Tim Burton Movie About People With Normal-Sized Eyes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 11:40 AM Apple Invented the Perfect Way to Handle Your Giant New Phone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 12:13 PM The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola  The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.