Drake says he wrote 'Scary Hours 3' in 5 days: 'Who am I to fight it?’

The third installment in rapper's ongoing EP series arrived at midnight
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After Drake announced that we’d have Scary Hours 3 by "tonight at midnight,” less than 24 hours before it dropped, the third Scary Hours EP arrived in a different form from the previous, as the For All the Dogs: Scary Hours Edition album.

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Dropping a trailer for the quickly upcoming project, with no warning or prior discussions just a vague tease on IG, we actually didn’t even know was one until after he released the trailer, Drake let us into his thought process behind putting out his third Scary Hours EP so soon after dropping For All The Dogs.

In the trailer, Drake let his stream of consciousness flow, saying, “I feel no need to appease anybody. I feel so confident about the body of work that I just dropped,” alluding to his recent album. I know I could go disappear for, whatever, six months, a year, two years—even though I’m not really into the super lengthy disappearances for the sake of mystery. But, you know, ultimately, it’s coming to me in a way that I haven’t experienced maybe since, like, If You’re Reading This, where I feel like I’m on drugs. I feel like I’m in that mental state without doing anything.”

Drake went on to say that none of the songs set to be featured on Scary Hours 3 were written during For All the Dogs writing sessions. “I did those songs in the last five days. I didn’t have one bar written down for those songs on the night that For All the Dogs dropped. It’s not like I’m picking up from some unfinished s***. You know, this is just happening on its own. And who am I to fight it?”

Brief history lesson — Drake’s latest arrival follows his first Scary Hours in 2018, with the two-track EP featuring “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” The three-song Scary Hours 2 arrived in 2021 with “What’s Next,” “Wants and Needs,” and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” featuring Rick Ross.

As for the theatrical part of the trailer, it starts off with an aerial shot of a car driving down dimly lit road, Drizzy is then seen entering Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall for an orchestral performance for one. Sitting in the audience, sipping on wine and surrounded by empty seats, Drake kicks back and enjoys a symphony, as the the video ends with a program card revealing Scary Hours III. 

Disc 2 of the updated edition of his recently released album features six tracks of Drake in his lyrical bag, rapping about beefs, BBLs, and how Taylor Swift is the “only one could make me drop the album just a little later,” and more.

Kanye West also got a shout out on the opening track, “Red Button,” with Drake referencing his on-and-off feud with the rapper, and seemingly confirming that it’s on again. “Every time that Yeezy called a truce, he had my head inflated / Thinkin’ we gon’ finally peace it up and get to levitatin’,” Drake raps. “Realize that everything premeditated / Everyone was good with me, then everyone expression faded.”

A couple others become collateral damage, as Drake continued to disperse lyrical shots on “Stories About My Brother.” Drake spits, "Imagine us gettin' our validation from an ex-musician searchin' for recognition / Same story every time, they heckle in repetition / I'm top of the mountain, these n****s still down at base camp, they plannin' they expedition." Many seem to believe this is directed at Joe Budden who criticized Drake’s album and new style of rap on his podcast.

Not a stranger to the sentiment of many missing the old Drake, Drizzy addressed the matter in “The Shoe Fits,” rap-singing on the chorus, “To all the ladies wonderin' why / Drake can't rap like that same old guy / It’s 'cause I don't know how anymore / I don't know how, yeah/ I’ve had my beliefs tested, my faith broken in half / I try to joke and I laugh / But I just don't know how anymore, love / I just don't know how, yeah.”

On another verse, Drake raps, "Y'all the type to catch a charge, head to the deposition / And act like the rapper named after the sex position.” A direct hit to 6ix9ine and his past legal battles.

And that’s just the first three songs… Listen to all the new tracks on entire For All the Dogs: Scary Hours Edition now below.

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