SWAE LEE - WON’T BE LATE (FEAT. DRAKE)
Swae Lee comes together with Drake to bring the heat he promised earlier this month on "Won't Be Late."
At the beginning of August, Swae Lee tweeted a teaser, "August's going to be an exciting month. That's a promise."
August is going to be an exciting month that’s a promise
— Swae Lee Lee Swae (@SwaeLee) August 8, 2019
Swae was referring to two surprise singles - "Sextasy" produced by Mike Will-Made-It and chopsquadDj and "Won't Be Late" produced by Tekno. Lee ramped up the anticipation throughout the month, hinting at the Drake drop-in on Mike Will-Made-It's Instagram.
It turns out the single didn't even need the hype. Before the drop, Swae Lee talked about his ambition for his upcoming second album, the anticipated follow-up to his solo debut Swaecation. He'd hinted that the follow-up would be "the stupidest solo project of all time," then going on to claim "It'll be like 12 tracks, and they'll all be bangers." So is "Won't Be Late" a banger?
SWAE LEE - WON’T BE LATE FEAT. DRAKE
Yeah, although a chill one, It's built around a tight island bass beat, that seems to be so omnipresent where Drake materializes in recent years. Frosted claps click a trap beat while smooth sax and spare piano sometimes materialize. All the while, Swae Lee sings of seduction, of bringing his A-Game, while Drake swirls in timeless isolation. It's a mellow apparition, that's for sure, destined for late-night drinking and dreaming sessions.
With "Won't Be Late," We Are: The Guard is officially psyched for Swae Lee's new record. Now when will it drop?
J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.