Peep Drake’s Freestyle From ‘Better Than Good Enough’ Outtake

A 20-something rap phenom with an eye for the finer things, Drake is finding that when it comes to the ladies, not all of them share his champagne taste. In an exclusive outtake from the documentary “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” the Young Money MC visits New Orleans radio station Q93.3, where he spits a freestyle that goes in about everything from finances to females.

Why has every woman never dined here before?/ Am I the only 23-year-old wine connoisseur?” Drizzy wonders, as the room erupts with rowdy howls co-signing the hip-hop star’s rhyming skills.

The full-length doc depicts the months before Drake dropped his hotly anticipated debut, Thank Me Later. But the freestyle sequence showcases one of the qualities that has made Drake a breakout star: his charismatic, hyper-informed flow. The outtake also captures the heightened buzz that preceded his first major-label offering, as the radio DJ coaxes the star into giving “a preview” of the kinds of bars to come on Later.

Ready to flex his lyrical chops, the scene opens with Drizzy animatedly accepting the challenge. A focused Drake even refuses an instrumental (“No beat,” the star insists), spitting a verse a cappella.

“Please make your long story shorter/ Time is of the essence for the king of second quarter/ Numbers do the talking/ I have nothing for reporters/ I just hope we make these flights and don’t get held up at the border,” Drake spits.

The verse demonstrates his trademark verbal agility (“Jumpin’ to the top/ This my leap year”); his witty humor (“I got new girls / But none of they love is for certain/ And call old girls/ But none of they numbers are workin’); and his easy candor (“They ain’t rootin’ for me/ They ain’t clappin’ for me/ I’m only saying, can somebody just be happy for me?”).

As the station dissolve into hollers of approval, Drake’s Young Money associate Mack Maine tosses out a challenge to any rappers ready to step to the Toronto MC.

“I got a mil’ on Drake!” Maine shouts gleefully. “Against any of y’all! — old school, new school, need to know this!

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