Blocboy JB: ‘Look Alive’ Is Actually A Drake Song

Officially, ‘Look Alive,’ which peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and catapulted Memphis youngster, Blocboy (real name James Baker) into mainstream fame is billed as BLOCBOY JB FT. DRAKE.

As an ardent Drake fan, I’ve always found that quite confusing and wanted to talk about the possible expurgation but I’ve been roped around the success of God’s Plan, its follow-up ‘Nice For What’ and the all-round goodness of the song in question.
Until now.
After reading Victor Luckerson’s article on The Ringer about the unstoppable dominance of Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham in the music industry… It’s a laudable piece(I’m recommending). You can read the full article here.

A particular paragraph broke my camel’s back:

“Drake’s chart dominance alone is not grounds for
antitrust enforcement.” He wrote. “However, the artist also has a
chilling tendency to hop on every hot track and claim
it as his own. The most recent example is “Look
Alive,” a song [ostensibly] by the young Memphis
rapper BlocBoy JB but mostly by Drake (currently no. 5
on the Hot 100).”

He went further and added:

” There are plenty of previous cases,
including Fetty Wap’s “My Way,” iLoveMakonnen’s
“Tuesday,” and, if we’re being really real, DRAM’s
“ Cha Cha .” After a brief stint in the spotlight, these
collaborators earn only a modicum of Drake’s
popularity, though they do help him maintain his reign
even longer”

I snapped and wanted to air my findings. Here i am. I promise not to bore you.

When ‘Look Alive’ was released, word was Drake has a new song with an upcoming rapper, Blocboy. And you needn’t be told if you’ve listened to the song that Blocboy is the guest artist, not Drake, take it or leave it. But when it debuted on the charts and on streaming platforms, it was billed as a Blocboy song.
However, early (illegal) download links titled it “Drake ft. Blocboy JB.”

Others confused by the head-locking titles between the streaming services and online sources billed it “Blocboy & Drake.” Here’s what this lyric site still refer to the song as:

Fueled by Victor’s remark, I channeled my inner Clark Kent and here’s my case.
Read this excerpt from Blocboy JB’s interview with The Fader responding to how he hooked up with Drake:

“OK, so, he had posted the song [on Instagram],
and as soon as he posted it, I had replied 100,”
BlocBoy says. “And then he was like, ‘My favorite
rapper! We gotta cook.’ As soon as I said, ‘OK,’ he
called me. And then the next day, he sent me his
part of the song. He knew my producer [Tay Keith]
already so he was already talking to him and he
got the beat from him, sent it to me early in the
morning. I jumped straight up and went to the
studio. Then about two or three days later, he was
in the city and we shot the video. It still seem fake,
like a dream. I could pinch myself and not feel it.”

You can read the full interview here:

For emphasis, Drake gave a shoutout to Blocboy on Instagram then afterwards hinted that they should work together. Drake had been in contact with Blocboy’s in-house producer ( he’s independent, btw) and since ‘2018-Drake’ is Father Christmas with the songs, he wanted to put out something following ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Diplomatic Immunity.’
Tay Keith, Blocboy’s producer, sent Drake the beat. Drake recorded his verse and decided to feature Blocboy or to put it bluntly; he thought it would be cool to feature a fast-rising artist from Memphis and dominate another city with prolific music history.

He sent Blocboy the song and Blocboy dropped his GUEST VERSE. Drake fans, keeping tabs on all his movements will catch wind if he’s jumping on another artist’s song. It’s the other way round.

But why is the song marketed as a Blocboy song? Simple. Drake wanted to change the narrative around his ‘culture vulture’ status. He wanted to make it look like he’s not stealing Memphis’ sound and vibe by featuring their homeboy but assisting it. But that’s just hypothetical.

Here’s another proof it is a Drake song: Blocboy is an independent artist – not signed to any record label. (at least at the time of the song’s release)
But the song’s Wikipedia page says it was released by OVO SOUND, which is owned by Drake, and Warner Bros. , OVO’s parent company.

This made people giggle about Blocboy being signed to the label but that was and is not the case. Two months have passed without any confirmation and we have one slight denial.

Another possible reason Drake made his song look like Blocboy’s is to give the young man a boost. Which totally worked because ‘Look Alive’ debuted at No. 2 on the Apple Music charts; peaked number 2 at Hot Rap/HipHop and has been in the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 since February. Guys, it’s a really good song. Better that God’s Plan if you ask me and who doesn’t wanna try the ‘shoot’ dance.
So, yes, here’s to me finally ‘speaking up’ *sips Palm Wine* and here’s to Blocboy JB who i hope will make good use of the heat to boil up some more attention towards himself *puts Look Alive on repeat and starts doing the shoot dance*

Okiki Will Return.

Do you have any other proofs to back me up? Do you totally disagree? My comment box welcomes all. Speak Up.

Okiki Adeduyite

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