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Top 10 Songs of the Week (4/4)

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08. Drake – “Draft Day”

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“In this position that we’re in, it takes major sacrifice,” Drake told ESPN’s First Take last September when asked about buddy Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback jock-tastically depicted in this surprise song’s cover art. Arriving a month ahead of Manziel’s inevitable selection at the 2014 NFL Draft, however, the Lauryn Hill-sampling “Draft Day” is a victory lap, the rap equivalent of Johnny Football finger-wagging at an opposing cornerback after tossing Mike Evans another touchdown. “That boy singin’ on every song when he know he can spit,” Drizzy raps, impersonating a loyal fan; here, he primarily spits. There are a couple throwaway lines (under whose celestial jurisdiction is Drake our “darkest angel”?), but eventually he finds a zone: “I play like I’m on ‘roids, no Canseco, no Oakland A’s though, shout out the Bay though.” —Michael Madden

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