BEST SONGS OF 2011: #08

Who would’ve thought that a decade after the white guy from Saint Joseph, Missouri showed the hardcore rappers how hip-hop could be reinvented the situation would ‘worsen’: the hip-hop scientist of the year is not even American anymore. What’s worse than that? Yup, he’s from…Canada.

Drake certainly made a great impression on everyone and it should be no secret that his sophomore stuff ‘Take Care’ will land on our own album top10 as well.

So for now let’s just look at ‘We’ll Be Fine’, a song produced by T-Minus and 40. This bass heavy beast could even be considered a trend-follower if it wasn’t for all the clever solutions in the song: the harp sample, the great beat, or the “ah-ah-ah”-sounding sample that accompanies the choruses. T-Minus and 40 especially are masters of simple but atmospheric arrangements and ‘We’ll Be Fine’ is nothing short of those.

Lyrically the song bears an interesting dramatic curve in which Drake’s words embrace the inspiration (Aaliyah, hip-hop’s greatest martyr besides of course 2Pac or B.I.G.), the past we all have to face and of course, the fame, success and well-being of the present which stays nevertheless melancholic. I would not go as far as calling this ‘poetic’ but it’s certainly more intelligent and deeper than many songs of today, especially in this genre.

And the chorus’s ‘We’ll be fine, we’ll be fine, we’ll be fine’ is of course a nice message for us all for 2012.

Listen to the song below:

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