Drake is in a class of his own when it comes to releasing music this year, as the 6 god has once again made his home at the top of the charts. Drizzy dropped off the bouncy "Nice For What" and its coinciding visual featuring a plethora of bold women in entertainment at the top of April. The tune served as the follow-up to his Scary Hours EP and the Murda Beatz-produced single dethroned "God's Plan" after an 11-week run at No. 1.
The women empowering "Nice For What" heavily samples Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor," which appeared on 1998's genre-shifting The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. That wasn't the first time the 30-year-old sampled the Grammy-winning rapper. Back in 2014, Drake released his ode to former NFL player Johnny Manziel on "Draft Day," which contained elements of the Fugees singer "Doo Wop (That Thing)."
Cardi B also received the stamp of approval from Ms. Hill in 2018 for her Invasion of Privacy single "Be Careful," where she subtly samples elements of "Ex-Factor." The hostile track currently sits at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be shortsighted to just highlight the impact of "Ex-Factor" on Drake's recent smash with a total of 17 credited writers and a musical lineage that dates back to the '70s.