Timbaland featuring Drake, "Say Something"
For his latest "Shock Value II" single, Timbaland summons Drake for the same charisma that the Toronto singer/rapper brought to "Best I Ever Had." The veteran producer plainly states the song's theme of lost love with the line, "I traded in my señorita for a microphone." After fleetingly lamenting the pitfalls of success, Timbaland retreats and leaves the rest to Drake, who cleverly elaborates on the premise: "We coulda split this whole thing up 50/50," he raps. "But now I'm at the 40/40 getting bitches tipsy." Drake drops call-and-response, Young Jeezy-esque ad-libs on the song's hook, while Timbaland delivers another layered, futuristic track that's similar to his work on "The Blueprint 3," albeit more upbeat. While "Say Something" never matches the appeal of Drake's solo hit, it's still a formidable single that melds Timbaland's distinctive sound with Drake's minted heartthrob rap.- Evan J. Nabavian