So you think you’re all cool and hip, huh? Well, you are not as cool as famous rappers Jay-Z or Drake — and you are certainly not as cool as Jay-Z and Drake together. This is the central thesis of “Off That,” the newly leaked Drake collab from Jay’s upcoming The Blueprint 3, and it’s hard to argue with. Just accept it: Whatever cutting-edge trends you think you’re inventing, Jigga and Drizzy already discarded as played-out years ago. Facts are facts.
The fizzy beat behind “Off That” comes from Timbaland; while he and Jay-Z have done more ground-breaking work in the past, those two are evidently still incapable of creating a bad track when they team up. Drake’s contributions to the song are limited to the hook, which he handles competently. And Jay? His ever-changing flow is on point as per usual, and he even sneaks a few smart lines into what is essentially a silly flossing anthem: “Please tell Bill O’Reilly to fall back/Tell Rush Limbaugh/To get off my balls/It’s 2010, not 1864!” I love party jams that come with stealthy political undertones, so I just about stood up and clapped when I heard that verse.
Listen to the leaked version of “Off That” below (some NSFW lyrics), and tell us: How do you like it? What do you think of Jay-Z’s latest lyrical shots at right-wing talking heads? Does this leak make you more or less excited for the Sept. 11 arrival of The Blueprint 3?
UPDATE: If that’s not enough Jay-Z/Timbaland action for you, another new Tim-produced Blueprint 3 cut called “Reminder” just leaked. Despite a somewhat irritating hook, it is possibly even catchier than “Off That.” Don’t miss Jay’s jabs at “all rhymers/with Alzheimer’s”!
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