Drake has finally delivered the official version of his “Behind Barz” freestyle on Thursday (Sept. 12). During a 2018 promo campaign, the artist teased the radio verses on the UK rap channel LinkUpTV for his fifth studio album Scorpion.
One year later and “Behind Barz” has suitably been released on the Netflix series Top Boy soundtrack. SPIN reports the 10-episode British television crime and drama series follows the lives of two drug dealers during their day-to-day in the London streets.
OVO Sound posted on their Twitter on Wednesday (Sept. 11) with the subtle announcement that the freestyle would be listed as a bonus track on the soundtrack.
Friday Sept 13 pic.twitter.com/tSkdWi32XV
— OVO Sound (@OVOSound) September 11, 2019
The once unreleased track shows Drake delivering verses with an accent as he spits about “paigon chit-chat.” Staying in big six-six with woes/Man start dissin’ and doin reposts/They do anything except road/Still can’t see them after it snows, he raps in the opening verse.
Nafe Smallz, Fredo, Headie One, Baka, M Huncho, Youngs Teflon, Dave, SL, Popcaan, AJ Tracey, Ghetts, Avelino, Little Simz, and Teeway all brought their own international sounds on to the 17-track album.
Top Boy stars Ashley Walters (Speed Racer), Kane Robinson (Tower Block), and Micheal Ward (The A List).
Listen to “Behind Barz” below.