Song: Miss Me ft. Lil Wayne
Album: Thank Me Later
Producer: Boi-1da & Noah “40” Shebib
Label: Young Money / Universal Motown
Genre: Hip Hop / Pop Rap
Notes: Third single from 1st LP
Analysis: Drake, a guy usually known for his expressive, clear-headed raps, abandons that persona on ‘Miss Me’ in exchange for a more generic character. Despite touchingly singing the hook ‘I just hope you miss me a little when I’m gone‘, the rest of the track feels like he missed the point of his own concept – instead rapping about how badly he wants to fuck his friend/labelmate Nicki Minaj and how high his money stacks up. Lil Wayne actually stays in the song’s conceptual lane a bit easier, because he actually is gone right now: (‘damn, I’ll be gone til November / naw fuck it, I ain’t trippin, I know Drizzy gonna kill em‘). But if Drizzy really is gonna “kill em”, his abilities have to continue reaching and exceeding the heights that we’ve seen him already lyrically and musically accomplish. ‘Miss Me’ would make a fine mixtape track, but for a guy trying to put together a classic first album, he’s got to keep digging deeper.