Drake set the Internet aflame this time last week when he sent an unexpected mixtape to iTunes and shook the table Beyoncé style. While his new mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late hits mighty hard and has quite a few great moments, including “Legend” and “Madonna” with their Ginuwine samples, “Jungle” stands out the most here. Drake clearly thought so as well, as he accompanied the release with a short film built around the song.
While we’re all here for Drake and his new Billboard-topping release, the real star of this show is our very own Bounce-Worthy Brooklyn boy Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Last year we fell deeply in love with his Bishouné: Alma Del Huila EP, and we fawned over it for the entire world to see. So upon first jumping into Drake’s latest release we were ecstatic to hear Gabe’s haunting “6 8” track play as the music bed for Drake’s melodic emoting on “Jungle.” According to an interview with Red Bull Sound Select it was the stunning Zoë Kravitz who shared Gabe’s work with the Canadian rapper, and, well, the rest is history.
As for this intriguing short film, Drake takes us on a ride through his innermost thoughts and feelings while he’s on the road. The life of a star isn’t always glitz and glamour, and he wants to remind us that. While he may be surrounded by darkness, he’s “letting God handle all things” as he sings in “Jungle.” The only thing missing in this mini-movie is the actual song that it’s named after.
Get into “Jungle” and the rest of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late on iTunes now, and then double back and grab a copy of Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s Bishouné: Alma Del Huila as well to hear more of his superb sounds.