There's rap before Wu-Tang, and there's rap after it. And even if no sane person would call Drake that group's heir, “Wu-Tang Forever” is still an acknowledgement of influence both tangential and direct. The production's 8 bar minimalist structure is cribbed from the RZA, and the underwater piano starts like one of his samples, but soon it drifts into sonics that are OVO's wistfully faded strain. But Drake is invigorated, taking the Wu-Tang vocal samples out of Shaolin and into Thornhill, by addressing the criticism that came with “Started From The Bottom”: “The streets/Luckily I didn't have to grow there, I would only go there, cuz it's niggas that I know there.” There's also 9AM McDonalds with one night stands, his “rush” from that fight with Chris Brown, and his crew. When he raps “It's Yours” to himself, it's clear that in his head the torch has been passed, and the high is something prodigious. As Wu-Tang struggle to recapture their old energy, Drake's demonstrating that no energy ever dies. It just changes form.
- CHART TV