Music Review: Drake’s “Scary Hours 2”

by Jacob Tiller
LAS VEGAS - MAY 21: Drake at the 2017 Billboard Awards Press Room at the T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV (Kathy Hutchins /

Rapper Drake (also known as Drizzy) released an extended play titled “Scary Hours 2.” The extended play included three songs as an appetizer for his upcoming album “Certified Lover Boy.”

“Certified Lover Boy” was originally scheduled for release in January 2021. However, Drake underwent knee surgery and dedicated his energy to recovery. His fans are still speculating when his sixth studio album is coming out, but they are enjoying what the artist from Toronto had to offer last month.

Every song from “Scary Hours 2” debuted in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Drake the first music artist to have three songs simultaneously in the top three.

The first song from the EP is titled “What’s Next.” A music video for this song, featuring Drizzy himself, was published alongside “Scary Hours 2” on March 5th, 2021.

According to Genius, the Internet’s largest collection of lyrical knowledge, “Drake makes note of his success he has endured in his career and boasts his abilities to easily release number one hits and make a lot of money.” The chorus is intended to make fun of the people who are too invested in Drake’s life.

In my opinion, this is my least favorite song from the EP because it doesn’t have the “legendary feel” like some of the other songs. However, I still rate it a 7/10 because Drake doesn’t miss when it comes to making catchy music.

The second song from “Scary Hours 2” is titled “Wants and Needs.” Fans will want to watch out for Drake’s fellow rapper Lil Baby who is featured during the second verse.

Drake and Lil Baby rap about balancing wants and needs. The message breaks down to the fact that the life of a rapper includes having to deal with money, relationships and religion on a daily basis. This is the main idea of Drake’s chorus, where he sings about having these things on his mind and needing Jesus in his life.

“Wants and Needs” is my second favorite song on the album. This is because both artists snap on their verses. Drake’s verse is fun to rap and his chorus is relatable. Because of this, I rate the song an 8/10.

Last but not least, is “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” featuring Rick Ross during the first verse. This is not the first time they have collaborated for a lengthy song.

The lyrics mostly revolve around their lifestyles and reminiscences of the past. In the intro, Rick Ross prays that the listeners understand “how passionate the tale is.”

I love listening to this song. Sometimes, I have the freestyle on repeat for hours to listen to the last line, “It’s like this feels real, but it’s never real.” Drake’s performance in “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” is, in fact, unreal. His verse includes bar after bar, story after story.

Additionally, the instrumental bests the other songs in the EP because the bass, snare, kick and background female vocals live in harmony.

If you want to listen to a song with perfect content, flow and delivery, “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” is the way to go. I rate it a 10/10, and I’m comfortable doing so, as many other Drizzy fans consider this one of his best songs ever.

In general, if you want a three-song package that solidifies Drake’s status as the best in the game, “Scary Hours 2” is what you should choose. The album contains some memorable lines, and it is all-around enjoyable for the casual listener.

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