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Drake's new songs talk about his failed relationships, of course

‘2017 I lost a J. Lo’

Drake dropped two surprise tracks on Friday night.

“God's Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” were released under the name Scary Hours after the rapper reportedly previewed them at a private Memphis party on Thursday.

Typically, both of them go toward cementing his reputation as one of the most emotional (and meme-able) rappers in the business.

In “God's Plan”, the 31-year-old raps about the weight of expectation his past successes put on his future as a ‘God’ to a sing-song, catchy beat.

This narrative thread is interspersed with bars talking about his need for love rather than casual sexual encounters: “Don’t pull up at 6 AM to cuddle with me / You know how I like it when you lovin' on me”.

On the second track, “Diplomatic Immunity”, a more complex picture is painted.

To the soundtrack of orchestral strings and a female vocalist's samples, Drake ruminates on his ‘government’ status – against the timely backdrop of Trump's government literally being shut down this week thanks to ongoing disputes over budgets and immigration.

He questions wealth and fame and asks his fans to not to get “gassed” over journalism that values “opinions over statistics”. 

Touching on the fact that his successes (such as winning a record-breaking 13 Billboard awards in 2017) are rarely looked at as successes for the black community – unlike rappers such as Kanye and Jay-Z –  he raps: “Black excellence, but I guess when it comes to me it’s not the same though”.

And toward the end of the track, he works in a reference to his rumoured relationship with Jennifer Lopez, rapping that in “2017 I lost a J. Lo”. 

In late 2016 both stars shared Instagram posts of them cuddling, but J Lo was in a relationship with baseball player  Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez by February 2017 and denied ever having dated Drake.