Childish Gambino and Drake. Photo: Nicholas Hunt/VF18/WireImage

So far 2018 has been a banner year for Drake. Since February, Toronto’s leading performer has reigned over the singles charts: the uplift of “God’s Plan” carried it to first on the Hot 100 for nearly three months before Drake replaced it with the even peppier “Nice for What.” With the June release of the artist’s new album Scorpion looming, it seemed plausible that the streak would last for the majority of the year; in either case, there’s already no denying that pop music is a game Drake can win simply by choosing to play.

The sudden emergence of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” has snapped Drake’s streak at 15 weeks, but even so, the breakneck success of Donald Glover’s conceptual trap number (and its music video especially) underlines the continuity of Drake’s formula for success more than it disrupts it. The ensemble cast of ad-lib suppliers on “This Is America” is a who’s who of contemporary southern trap, and it’s no accident that it overlaps heavily with Drake’s prime list of collaborators. Rising Memphis star BlocBoy JB charted for the first time in February off the strength of “Look Alive” and its Drake guest verse; his ad libs are only the slightest of his contributions to “This…

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