The first time we heard Drake's Nothing Was The Same, we knew "Pound Cake" was something special. Produced by Boi-1da and Jordan Evans, "Pound Cake" samples Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." as well as Ellie Goulding's "Don't Say a Word" and Jimmy Smith's "Jimmy Smith Rap." The key to the song is its airy, atmospheric beat which relies on the Ellie Goulding sample to carry it.
Meanwhile, Drake and Jay Z trade verses. Drake offers what might be the best offhand bar on the entire album, "Tables turn, bridges burn, you live and learn." Jay swoops in for the second verse which is pretty standard 2013 Jay rhymes (his apparent effortless is reminiscent of his verse from Rick Ross' "3 Kings") but his unnecessary third verse (where he bizarrely chants "cake" like he's Rihanna before throwing a shot at Beanie Sigel) kinda ruins his guest appearance. Still, it's not enough to derail one of the best songs on Drake's latest album.
Here's a telltale sign that a beat is awesome: Everyone wants to rap over it. In the case of the "Pound Cake," a number of rappers—ranging from legends like Raekwon to stars like Lupe Fiasco—have opted to jack the beat and drop a couple of bars over it. We went ahead and listened to all of them and gave them a grade. Check out Grading The Freestyles Over Drake's "Pound Cake"