Before Drake was the 6 God, in the run-up to his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” Kanye West produced a track titled “You Know, You Know” which never saw the light of day.
For whatever reason, it didn’t make the cut for the LP, and was never officially released.
But yesterday, seemingly out of the blue, a CDQ version of “You Know, You Know” surfaced on Drake’s YouTube page. Though it never released—with inferior quality versions floating around on the internet—it’s well-known among Drizzy fans.
The track features an expressive but subdued vocal sample set against a wildly arpeggiated synth. It’s dissonant, signifying Kanye’s departure from his early work, yet still grounded in his soul-based samples. Drake’s tight bars come in fast and remain in the foreground, a reminder of the iconoclastic direction Kanye favored when he first came onto the scene.
“You know, you know/ How the story go/ You done shot my style/ You done stole my flow,” Drake raps in the opening line of the first verse. Even though he was a relative newcomer, Drake still knew he was bound for big things. “I’m here feeling like 50 back ’02/ And e’erybody saying I’m the man/ So true!” he raps.
While we’re still waiting for a full-length collab between Ye’ and Drizzy, you can check out the secret track here to see if it holds up after seven years.
Some more quotable lyrics:
Damn, what happened to us?
Life can always change, you have to adjust
How come when I got a party you stare at me in disgust?
They pay us just to have fun you should see that as a plus
Especially when I come flyin’ through the door
And kindly ignore, the paparazzi outside tryin to record
Why has every woman never dined here before?
Am I the only 23 year old wine connoisseur?