In a week that should be dominated by Jay-Z and Kanye West's release of "Watch the Throne", Drake is able to surpass every one of their songs with his premiere of "Headlines". It's a release that has been highly anticipated in the hip-hop/rap music industry, and it has extremely high expectations. However, does the song hold enough prowess to meet those expectations? Read on to find out!
The first thing that pops out to me about "Headlines" is that Drake doesn't sound at all like himself in this song - rather, he sounds almost exactly like Lil' Wayne in a slightly higher frequency (featured in the video above - somewhere between 5 and 10%). This is absolutely horrible in my opinion, as I was lulled by Drake's vocals in "Find Your Love" and other songs where he had a sweet voice.
What may hurt this song in the end is the chorus. The verses have a great build-up to what should be a great chorus, but we are simply treated to "They know, they know, they know" over and over again. In hip-hop, I find the originality in lyrics to be the most integral thing for success, and this song is nearly absent of that in the chorus.
"Headlines" has many features of a hit song (such as a strong beat and interesting lyrics), but pitifully flops on the chorus. I want to like this song, but the piece literally dies at the point where it should be strongest.