🎵 Weekly Music Newsletter: Drake and 21 Savage Turn Jimmy Cooks Into an Entire Album

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8 min readNov 8, 2022

Drake & 21 Savage collab album. BROCKHAMPTON return. New Selena Gomez. Joji album. Avril Lavigne & YUNGBLUD duet.

Takeoff, one-third of the massively influential rap group Migos, was shot dead at the age of 28. On the Drink Champs podcast, days before his death, he talked about how rappers have one of the most dangerous professions and asked that he get his flowers now, before it’s too late.

‘90s teen idol Aaron Carter also died, found drowned in his bathtub at the age of 34.

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Back in June, Drake released the polarizing deep house mix Honestly, Nevermind, a radical change of pace for the world’s foremost pop-rap star. At the time, we wrote, “Drake has ditched his bland trap beats for blander house beats. If his goal was to make club music, he’s succeeded because this is the music clubs play when they want people to leave.” That being said, the album’s closing track, Jimmy Cooks, was a downbeat rap collaboration with 21 Savage, right up both artists’ alley.

Drake and 21’s partnership dates back to 2016, when they debuted Sneakin’. In the years since, they’ve dropped more hits than misses, including Mr. Right Now and Knife Talk. Upon Honestly, Nevermind’s release, fans made it clear that they wanted to hear more Jimmy Cooks. On their new joint album, Her Loss, Drake and 21 try to recreate their magic across 16 tracks.

Unfortunately, Her Loss feels more like a Drake album featuring 21 than a true collaboration. 21 accounts for just 26% of the vocals on the record. At times, he even attempts to sing like Drake. This week’s biggest song, On BS, is one of the few songs where 21 doesn’t take a backseat role. The pair taunt each other as 21 raps, “I jump on your song and make you sound like you the feature,” and Drake responds, “I jump on your song and make a label think they need ya.”

As part of a bizarre album rollout that included a fake Vogue cover, an NPR Tiny Desk parody, and an edited interview on The Howard Stern Show, the duo shared a performance video of On BS where they spoof an…

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