Drake and 21 Savage’s Her Loss is the fruits of a relationship that dates not less than way back to 2016, when the pair linked up for “Sneakin’.” Again then, 21 was a burgeoning Atlanta rapper with quite a lot of promise (and an affiliation with producer of the second Metro Boomin), whereas Drake was arguably probably the most impactful singer and MC on the planet and the man whose co-sign could possibly be counted on to usher effervescent abilities into correct rap stardom. Some eight years and three extra collaborations later, 21 Savage is most assuredly a bona fide rap star and Drake continues to be arguably probably the most impactful singer and MC on the planet, however the 16 tracks that make up Her Loss reveal the pairing as in some way bigger than the sum of its elements.
It was seemingly Actually, Nevermind standout “Jimmy Cooks” that impressed, or on the very least prioritized, Her Loss. The track was a stylistic outlier from that album’s home and techno-adjacent dance music thread, permitting Drake and Savage the prospect to do what they’ve at all times loved doing collectively: rail in opposition to entitled love pursuits, revel within the life-style they’ve earned, and, for 21 Savage particularly, remind listeners that his weapons nonetheless do go off. Her Loss is way of the identical, with the pair leaning right into a shared disdain for less-accomplished artists (“On BS,” “Privileged Rappers,” “Broke Boys”), sharing their views on up to date courtship (“Spin Bout U,” “Hours in Silence”), detailing what life as a celebrity rapper entails (“Circo Loco,” “Pussy & Thousands and thousands”), and, in a single occasion, rapping about how a lot they respect each other (“Treacherous Twins”). The love they profess for each other may at first play as eyebrow-raising, however to query it could be to willfully ignore the notion that laying down raps, like practically the rest, is simply that rather more enjoyable along with your bestie in tow.