Drake and DJ Khaled drop new collaborations 'Popstar' and 'Greece', ecstatic fans say tracks are 'too dope'
DJ Khaled also revealed on his social media account that the title of his upcoming album would be called 'Khaled Khaled'
After teasing their upcoming collaborations all week long, two of the world's biggest music stars — DJ Khaled and Canadian rapper Drake — have finally released two of their new tracks, 'Popstar' and 'Greece'. On June 30, the duo posted pictures of owls on their social media, referring to the logo of Drake’s OVO Sound record label, giving us a hint as to what was to come. A couple of days ago, Khaled then posted the cover art on his official Instagram account along with the release date for the tracks.
The pair had famously previously collaborated on the track 'To The Max' back in 2017 and these new releases promise to hit equally hard with Khaled previously promising "2 KEYS. 2 ANTHEMS. 2 DJ KHALED FEAT. DRAKE. THIS FRIDAY” on his social media. DJ Khaled also recently revealed that the title of his upcoming album would be called 'Khaled Khaled' on his social media account. Both the songs, 'Popstar' and 'Greece', have now been released, as of midnight, Eastern Time on Friday, July 17. You can check the tracks out below.
The track 'Popstar' starts off with a Drake snippet that says "B******" before DJ Khaled proclaims, "We the best music!" Drake then exclaims "Another one!" as the swirling track unfolds with infectious beats. As usual DJ Khaled shouts out his own name "DJ Khaled!" before Drake starts rapping in a raspy laidback groove. The braggadocious lyrics include "B*****s callin' my phone like I’m locked up nonstop / From the plane to the f***** helicopter, yeah / Cops pullin’ up like I’m givin’ drugs out, nah, nah / I’m a pop star, not a doctor". It's easily one of Drake's best rap deliveries and this promises to be a new fan favorite.
Other name drops in the song include Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez, as Drake boasts, "Look, Ariana, Selena, my Visa / It can take as many charges as it needs to, my girl / That shit platinum, just like all of my releases, my girl." There are even nods to Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in there and the song is absolutely fire. Fans also agreed that 'Popstar' was a blazing new bop with one listener saying "Those Drake verses finally came through" and another admirer saying "Drizzy be back and packing heat!" One sup been waiting forever for these two to work together again!"
The next catchy song, 'Greece' (which Drake had previously teased on his Instagram 2 weeks ago) is another certified groover with the new track starting off in exactly the same manner as 'Popstar' did. DJ Khaled once again goes "We the best music!" before Drake quips "Another one!" The instrumentation on this lilting song is more pronounced in the mix as Drake starts singing in a high-pitched, melodious falsetto that sounds auto-tuned.
In the lyrics, Drake promises to give his girl a luxurious life with lines like "Come with me, leave all of your things, yeah / We can stop at Gucci, stop at Louis V, yeah / Come with me, fly you out to Greece / Full speed, survoler [fly over] Paris." However, the luxurious mood shifts towards the end of the song as Drake goes "Why you makin' problems? / I'm a problem, bein' rich is not my fault / We ain't have a problem / Then you went and found one". However, the song ends on a positive note, as Drizzy admits, "She just wanna love me, she don't wanna leave me."
Since most Drake fans had already heard this song before, they knew what to expect but many new listeners were quite surprised by Drake's versatility. One admirer voiced his amazement at how different Drake sounded saying "Drake sounding like Justin Bieber. Liking the high note". Another surprised first-time listener stated, "This sounds like The Weekend, not Drake!"
A fan also noted, "I feel like Drake tryna learn all the styles... This giving me The Weeknd vibes" Fans were loving this candid and catchy tune too with one listener declaring, "New favorite song alert" and another admirer saying "Too dope Drake the GOAT [greatest of all time]". As another diehard fan concluded, "Drake is my medicine at this time."