Album: N/A
Label: OVO Sound/Young Money/Cash Money
Producer: Boi-1da, 40, and Nineteen85

Drake wasn't at Summer Jam this year until he was. At 8 p.m. on June 1, just after the Roots brought the Lox on stage at Hot 97's annual concert, Drake released "0 to 100" and anyone with a smartphone heard the impact. He'd already prepared us for the title and chorus with some subliminal advertising during an ESPN interview about his friend Johnny Manziel. (He used the phrase "the motion[s]" in the interview as well, more evidence that it's possible to go about a day's work speaking entirely in Drake lyrics.) During the First Take debate, he used the phrase "0 to 100" to describe Manziel's sudden entrance into the limelight. On the song, produced by Boi-1da with help from Noah "40" Shebib and Nineteen85, the sudden acceleration becomes a personal mantra for him and his crew (and you and yours on Twitter and Facebook).

His flow moves between the staccato phrasing of "Worst Behavior" to fully unfurled bars like:

All up on TV, I thought it'd make me richer
Wasn't paying me enough, I needed something quicker
So now I'm all in Niko's basement putting work in on the phones
Either that or drive to Money Mart to make the pickups
Man, it's 2008, I'm tryna paint the picture

This kind of autobiography feels akin to verses on Nothing Was the Same, but the song's two-part structure recalls early stuff like Thank Me Later's "Fancy." Letting his chest deflate for "The Catch Up," he takes off some of the braggadocio like they were the chains he boasted about wearing around the house in "Started From the Bottom." This is doubting Drake, doing the kind of late-night wondering that makes his success feel more well-rounded. The tycoon doesn't sleep easy these days, bed of money or otherwise. A pretty James Blake sample brings the song to a finish. Drake's not content these days with anything less than an emotional journey. 2015 feels a long way off. —Ross Scarano