Drake, ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ | Track Review
Drake returns to top-notch form, spitting harder bars on “Diplomatic Immunity,” a hook-less promo single from his forthcoming EP, ‘Scary Hours.’
“I be walkin’ around the Six like I invented it boy.” Toronto rapper-singer Drake never seems to disappear from the spotlight for long, at least in recent years. In 2017, he dropped a playlist-album, More Life, which had its share of memorable moments (“Free Smoke,” “Passion Fruit,” “Portland,” etc.). He’s back in 2018 with a new EP, Scary Hours, led by two contrasting singles “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.”
The use of a Wu-Tang sample gives “Diplomatic Immunity” a more classic, old-school sound. Drake drops ‘straight’ rhymes, contrasting the pop-rap of “God’s Plan.” Another contrast to “God’s Plan” is the form – “Diplomatic Immunity” is comprised of one verse and lacks a hook. Throughout the course of the record, there are a number of notable lyrics, including the aforementioned lyric from the intro paragraph. At one point, Drake references NFL running back Barry Sanders.
“Like Sanders on the Detroit Lions / Get a run around and I’ll bury you where they won’t find ya.”
He references the thirty-something life, and his favorite topic, women.
“Dirty 30, workin’ on me / Tired of women that may tag me in pictures airin’ my dirty laundry.”
He goes on to spit about his losses, including his halo and more intriguingly, J. Lo.
“2010 was when I lost my halo / 2017 I lost a J. Lo / A Rotterdam trip had me on front page though / I had to lay low, Hot Topic like your everyday clothes.”
He also mentions his success – cue up “Successful”:
“Billboard awards, I claimed 13 out in Vegas like Sureños / Black excellence, but I guess when it comes to me it’s not the same…”
Keeping it simple, “Diplomatic Immunity” returns Drake to top-notch form. It’s great to hear him bring some fire spitting bars.