Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

Drake ft. 21 Savage & Project Pat – Knife Talk

Not a song about Drake et al. discussing ‘Silent Shout’, unfortunately…


Will Adams: Aw, that’s cute.

Alfred Soto: I mean, this is Fucking Drake. Anybody else rapping “Gang shit, that’s all I’m on” in the voice of a six-year-old boy imitating Marlon Brando would project the requisite creeps.

Nortey Dowuona: It’s looking real poppy outside for u – OH MY GAWD, IS THAT PROJECT PAT? I LOVE YOUR MUSIC!!!

Thomas Inskeep: Project Pat, who has one of the most purely listenable voices in hip hop, unfortunately is only here courtesy of a sample from Juicy J’s “Feed the Streets.” That’s a shame, because this would be better with more Pat. That said, Drake and 21 Savage sound alright here — maybe even a little better than alright — on a menacing Memphis-indebted track produced by Metro Boomin. Drake is often at his best when he’s dipping a toe in/paying tribute to regional scenes, and that’s the case here. Less pleasing everyone, more of this, please.

Ian Mathers: I don’t know any of these people (obviously), but the reality of their lives, personalities, criminal acts, etc. sometimes matters less than public perception, and the simple fact is that Drake doesn’t sound even remotely credible here. Which is too bad because the vibe of the track is pretty fucking effective, but if you just subbed in almost anyone else (or at least someone whose presence doesn’t make repeating “gang shit, that’s all I’m on” feel like kind of a joke) or even just gave 21 Savage and Project Pat more bars, it feels like an immediate upgrade. It almost doesn’t matter at this point whether his actual performance is fine or not, the Drakeness of Drake is mostly just a fucking distraction, if this is what he wants to do.

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