Video: Drake feat. Trey Songz – Successful (30sec Preview)

It’s not exactly a do-over, but after receiving some backlash from his “Best I Ever Had” video, Drake tones things down in a clip for “Successful.”

The video was shot in the rapper’s hometown of Toronto. Drake and Trey Songz share top billing throughout the clip, directed by Jake Davis. Lil Wayne is featured in the original version of the song from Drake’s mixtape So Far Gone, but in the video version, Weezy’s verse has been replaced with a sung verse from Songz.

The clip is dark and opens with Drake overlooking the city. He continues to peer out from the balcony of a building during his first verse until he meets with Trey. As the two exit the condo, Drake turns back to the doorman, and his mind flashes as he and the man switch roles. The mood of the video matches the song; “Best I Ever Had” turned out to be a misstep for the upstart MC when the over-the-top clip didn’t match what fans felt the song portrayed.

Both Drake and Trey Songz called “Successful” eerie when they spoke about the song earlier this year to Mixtape Daily.

“It was so eerie. Like it was haunting, almost,” the rapper said of the production. “I was like, ‘Yo, that’s it. You need to use that.’ He started playing this patch, and just every note that he played fell into place.”

Trey Songz — who wrote the chorus for the song — echoed his good friend.

“It was simplistic, but it knocks. It’s eerie, it’s dark,” he explained. “The first thing I laid down was the gothic, reverb-driven harmony: ‘arrrgh, arrrgh, arrrgh.’ I couldn’t think of what I wanted to hear on it, so I did a whole bunch of harmonies [until I found the right one].”

Jayson Rodriguez, MTV News


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53 Responses to “Video: Drake feat. Trey Songz – Successful (30sec Preview)”

  1. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    Damn, Freddie Gibbs…sorry, fam…

  2. Big Homie Says:

    *yawns*

  3. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    Don’t write it off, but don’t listen to it around niggas either

    ***LOL…that shit makes “Kiss U thru the phone” sound like “Ante Up”

  4. Mag Says:

    Full minute preview next week guyz!!!!!!!!!

  5. Beezy Says:

    LOL Smiley Face

  6. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    I’mma send her a smiley face…bitches love smiley faces (c) Charlie Murphy on “the Boondocks”

  7. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    VOTE FOR HOOTS, BITCH!!!!

  8. Big Homie Says:

    Dang..Freddie Gibbs didn’t last that long

  9. Mac Brown Says:

    previews for videos???

    this shit is gettin tired

  10. cOLD Says:

    Ike what is the word that means wild drunken behavior, in like a party atmosphere.

  11. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    @ BH- that’s what I was trying to say…nigga got less than a minute (none)…

  12. I Fux Says:

    Breaux Brosephson the !! Says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    that Diz shit from yesterday was fire

    ^^^^^^
    Whoa link it brotha. you know i fux with them LA dudes heavy

  13. cOLD Says:

    Ike Homie what is the word that means wild drunken behavior, in like a party atmosphere.

  14. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    cOLD Says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 3:10 pm
    Ike what is the word that means wild drunken behavior, in like a party atmosphere.

    ***Bighomieonanygivensaturdaynight? (none)

  15. I Fux Says:

    lol :) :)

  16. Rey Says:

    This song is more insincere than even “Dead & Gone”. It’s awful, awful, awful. Drake is TERRIBLE. I can not WAIT for his 15 minutes to be up. This kid better quit worrying about his brittle ass knees and get a neckbrace for the backlash schedule for fourth quarter 2010.

  17. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    The clip is dark and opens with Drake overlooking the city. He continues to peer out from the balcony of a building during his first verse until he meets with Trey. As the two exit the condo, Drake turns back to the doorman, and his mind flashes as he and the man switch roles.

    ^
    and a detailed description of the preview?!

    totally rad!

  18. cOLD Says:

    Fux, you probably know the word im looking for?

  19. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    Whoa link it brotha. you know i fux with them LA dudes heavy

    **double ayo.

  20. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    GOAT of things to do when drunk = Barfight

  21. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    The clip is dark and opens with Drake overlooking the city. He continues to peer out from the balcony of a building during his first verse until he meets with Trey. As the two exit the condo, Drake turns back to the doorman, and his mind flashes as he and the man switch roles.

    ^
    and a detailed description of the preview?!

    totally rad!

    ***Sounds like a screenplay, or some shit..

  22. Big Homie Says:

    Homie what is the word that means wild drunken behavior, in like a party atmosphere.

    ^ casual?

  23. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    Big Homie Says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    Homie what is the word that means wild drunken behavior, in like a party atmosphere.

    ^ casual?

    ^^^
    Casual is correct.

  24. cOLD Says:

    ^ casual?

    ^ nah key words there are wild drunken behavior.

  25. Rey Says:

    # icon(trillbert arenas) Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Damn, Freddie Gibbs…sorry, fam…

    ^^^

    *ghostrides the phrase “ghostrides the ___”*

  26. I Fux Says:

    Homie what is the word that means wild drunken behavior, in like a party atmosphere.

    ^^^^^
    CLASSY?

    or a seldom used word?

  27. Geronimo P Says:

    Seriously… what is the point of putting out snippets for a 3 minute video… this shit is retarded
    ]

  28. rex hussla Says:

    Belligerent?

  29. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    cOLD Says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    ^ casual?

    ^ nah key words there are wild drunken behavior.

    ***sociointoxobration?

  30. I Fux Says:

    Cold – Unreserved, free Spirit, Alcoholic

  31. Mac Brown Says:

    Saturday?

  32. YaBoy88 Says:

    Rey Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    This song is more insincere than even “Dead & Gone”. It’s awful, awful, awful. Drake is TERRIBLE. I can not WAIT for his 15 minutes to be up. This kid better quit worrying about his brittle ass knees and get a neckbrace for the backlash schedule for fourth quarter 2010.

    ^^

    the hate continues *laughter*

  33. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    and his mind flashes as he and the man switch roles.

    ^
    i remember someone on here was saying that hov swacked this very same idea from ‘ye for his spike lee rocawear commercial. now this.

    no idea is original.

  34. I Fux Says:

    desolate?

  35. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    I Fux Says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    Cold – Unreserved, free Spirit, Alcoholic

    ***you could say inebriated, or that someone lost their inhibitions (none), but that’s more than one word…old folks like DPS call it “cuttin’ loose for the jive boogie”…

  36. Rey Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Ike what is the word that means wild drunken behavior, in like a party atmosphere.

    ^^^

    Swag? Bling? Crunk?

  37. Big Homie Says:

    Impaired

  38. Breaux Brosephson the !! Says:

    the trap love me but fuck my heart beat slow and right now the crack house is like shaquile shootin free throws (bricks)

  39. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    Swag? Bling? Crunk?

    **LMAO

  40. cOLD Says:

    debauchery is the word I was looking for.

  41. I Fux Says:

    dissolute inebriated

    or is it this ,,,,, i am at a loss right now

  42. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    eratic?

  43. Harlem World Says:

    # sean coonery Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I don’t understand how Black People can be muslim…but Black people in general are religious…so it doesn’t surprise…

    Arabs have beat Blacks/Africans into submission…forced to to believe in Allah….raped their woman and children…sold their men into slavery….murdered them in the most brutal fashion…

    Yet you will have niggas in Philly that attend mosques with a Freeway Beard…on their knees on aladdins carpet praying to Mohamed and Allah..

    GTFOH

    Arabs did to Black people is far worse than what White people did to Blacks..

    this is fact…

    Do your history….North Arab – africans…rape, pillage and exterminate Africans…

    ^^^
    To a certain extent, whats happenend in sudan is genocide and ethnic cleansing to say the least. I actually agree with coonery.
    *cam true mag face*

  44. I Fux Says:

    Hetero?

  45. Rey Says:

    # YaBoy88 Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Rey Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    This song is more insincere than even “Dead & Gone”. It’s awful, awful, awful. Drake is TERRIBLE. I can not WAIT for his 15 minutes to be up. This kid better quit worrying about his brittle ass knees and get a neckbrace for the backlash schedule for fourth quarter 2010.

    ^^

    the hate continues *laughter*

    ^^^

    Duder, that is NOT hate. Being completely and totally unimpressed by an average rapper who is so shamelessly being pushed to the moon as a Kanye-Lil’ Wayne hybrid isn’t hate. It’s awareness.

    So if you’re for Drake, drown yourself. If you’re again’ him, welcome to the club. Either way, it’s shameless and doesn’t have one ounce of genuine passion for hip-hop or rappin’.

  46. icon(trillbert arenas) Says:

    cOLD Says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    debauchery is the word I was looking for.

    ***Debauchery isn’t necessarily catered to drinking, though…it’s just any kind of out of control behavior in a group setting- but it fits the context of what you were looking for..

  47. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    debauchery

    ^

    yea thas a good one.

  48. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    belligerent?

  49. Breaux Brosephson the !! Says:

    Seriously… what is the point of putting out snippets for a 3 minute video… this shit is retarded
    ——
    I don’t know what version you got but mine is like damn near half a Little Bill episode. rappity rappin ass 4 verse 5 chorus’ niggas

  50. L.U.P.END Says:

    This song is more insincere than even “Dead & Gone”. It’s awful, awful, awful. Drake is TERRIBLE. I can not WAIT for his 15 minutes to be up. This kid better quit worrying about his brittle ass knees and get a neckbrace for the backlash schedule for fourth quarter 2010.

    ^^

    the hate continues *laughter*

    ^^^

    Duder, that is NOT hate. Being completely and totally unimpressed by an average rapper who is so shamelessly being pushed to the moon as a Kanye-Lil’ Wayne hybrid isn’t hate. It’s awareness.

    So if you’re for Drake, drown yourself. If you’re again’ him, welcome to the club. Either way, it’s shameless and doesn’t have one ounce of genuine passion for hip-hop or rappin’.

    ^^^^

    Out of the new-school (being rappers who started in the last 3 years), he’s easily better than at least 90% of it. His wordplay is so tight.
    If yall hate because So Far Gone is soft, then listen to Comeback Season. The dude has two classic mixtapes, you don’t have limit your opinion based on a single tape.

  51. mnf Says:

    shameless plug..fame tee by Dope Couture. dopecouture.com. crackberry sold separately.

  52. chigetter Says:

    dude wears the wackest jacket in this viddy. lame ass.

  53. Sanny Says:

    i fux with this!
    being one of his female fans that was offended or felt gipped with the breast i ever had came out, this is MUCH better. he is a thinking man’s MC why go the lowest denom and do a ass&titty video? this right her has LAYERS..which is what Drake has been talking about that he is much more than what you think.

    dont mind me..i have a college degree & disposable income and think there is much more to rap than souljaboy and the flavor of the moment.

    get em Drake!

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