Hot Track of the Week: “The Motion Ft. Sampha” by Drake

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Campus Vinyl’s Hot Track of the Week is “The Motion Ft. Sampha” by Drake. The song was co-produced by Noah “40” Shebib, and it can be found as the 16th track on the deluxe version of Nothing Was the Same. Drake offers a free download of the song through his octobersveryown Soundcloud account, which is probably the best and safest way to get the song since iTunes does not carry it. The track is very mellow, making it great to vibe to, and is in the same style of “Furthest Thing” and “305 To My City Ft. Detail.” There is a very catchy bass riff throughout the song that is then layered with a slowly attacking synth. Add to that Drake’s signature style of rapping, and “The Motion Ft. Sampha” is already a great track. What makes the track stand out in particular, however, is the catchy chorus, along with the way Drake delivers his verses. The opening line—“it’s not me and you, it’s not me it’s you”—is very clever and really sets the mood for the rest of the song. Furthermore, the way he takes the concept of the motion from football and applies it to a relationship-gone-bad is another ingenious connection between two seemingly unrelated things. When Drake then starts rapping, he experiments with a type of voice pattern that he has yet to have used extensively, which is really exciting to see. It’s a much softer form of the typical “Versace, Versace, Medusa head on me like I’m ‘luminati” pattern, where the words are alternatively stressed, mixed with a particular emphasis on the last word. It can be clearly heard when he raps “I don’t have a f--- to give, I’ve been moving state to state/In my leather and my Timbs like it’s 1998,” and it results in a really cool and original effect. All this combined make “The Motion Ft. Sampha” a must to listen to. It’s Drake doing what Drake does best—making guys miss girls they haven’t ever met.