Album: So Far Gone
Producer: Boi-1da, Arthur McArthur

For a guy from Toronto, Drake was getting the Houston sound oddly spot-on in 2009. On "November 18th" he hit the DJ Screw sound over the head, creating one of the greatest lean sing-a-long songs of the last 10 years. But on "Uptown," he hit on something differentL the less drugged-out side of Southern Rap. An organ-backed beat gets treated by Drake with a syrup-slow flow, and a Bun B assist, which, for Drake, essentially acted as a Houston rap visa. Wayne's verse here does Drake a solid, and rounds out the almost six-and-a-half minute song, a mixtape track with an absurd amount of depth that merits repeat listens. FK