8 Songs, 25 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

OVO Sound devotees will recognize Baka Not Nice from More Life tracks “Free Smoke” and “No Long Talk” (Drake: “That’s Bakaaaa, he’s a no-long talker!”). The 4Milli mixtape serves as a highlight reel of Baka’s hits (“Live Up to My Name,” “Money in the Bank”) and fresh heat like the Boi-1da-produced “Dope Game.” Baka’s sing-song voice, distorted by Auto-Tune and tinged with Jamaican patois, confidently rides steely and sinister beats; he mixes tales from The 6 (“Tings on Me,” “Cream of the Crop”) and lifestyle maxims (“Junior High”), confirming his status as OVO’s next big thing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

OVO Sound devotees will recognize Baka Not Nice from More Life tracks “Free Smoke” and “No Long Talk” (Drake: “That’s Bakaaaa, he’s a no-long talker!”). The 4Milli mixtape serves as a highlight reel of Baka’s hits (“Live Up to My Name,” “Money in the Bank”) and fresh heat like the Boi-1da-produced “Dope Game.” Baka’s sing-song voice, distorted by Auto-Tune and tinged with Jamaican patois, confidently rides steely and sinister beats; he mixes tales from The 6 (“Tings on Me,” “Cream of the Crop”) and lifestyle maxims (“Junior High”), confirming his status as OVO’s next big thing.

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About Baka Not Nice

Baka Not Nice, aka Baka, is the rap alias of Toronto native and Drake associate Travis Savoury. Prior to making his solo debut, Savoury was part of Drake's security detail and appeared his employer's releases, including Nothing Was the Same ("From Time"), Views ("Hype"), and More Life ("Free Smoke," "Gyalchester"). Shortly after his deal with Drake's Warner-distributed OVO Sound label was publicized in June 2017, Savoury released the boastful single "Live Up to My Name." A chiming, low-profile production with Savoury's choppy, sing-songy delivery at the fore, the track made reference to the rapper's past life: "I went to jail the day they released Men in Black/When I came out, Timberlake was bringing sexy back." ~ Andy Kellman

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