We might as well start with what you already know. Though Drizzy had as good a year as anyone, he did so by only releasing a few solo cuts. SykSense helped produce two of them-- the first we've already mentioned. Drake dropped "Draft Day" via the OVO blog on April Fools Day, but this was no joke. Anyone who gaffed at Drizzy for his much publicized sports fandom, including his friendship with Johnny Football, or anyone who thought he might be in over his head with hints of a Jay-Z tiff, was quickly silenced. The beat hits you right away with a very familiar sample: "Doo Wop" off The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was Syk who grabbed the sample in the first place and did something fresh, and reverential, with some almost untouchable source material. The rest of the beat became a collaboration with Atlanta producer Ducko McFli, who's produced for Migos and Rich Homie Quan. The two are now roommates in Nashville and produce together as The Fam. Syk is then responsible for the synths and some added vocals, and we won't say too much on Ducko lest we do a future piece on him, but it's clear this beat was a gem before it was sent to Boi-1da, who polished it off, and put in the OVO boss' hands. Syk has known Boi-1da since 2010, and it's promising, in 2014, he's finally introduced him to his biggest client, and the game's biggest star.
Next, in late October, Drake cemented his year of countless guest features by dropping three Soundcloud tracks that, apparently, hackers already had their hands on. It wasn't much for Drizzy to put em out, but they were enough to keep us going in an non-album year. "6 God" was the biggest of the bunch. Again, SykSense is responsible for the sample, this time taking the theme music from a 1995 Donkey Kong Super Nintendo game and turning it into a heart-racing 80s car chase soundtrack. Again, he's assisted by the inimitable Boi-1da, but if we've learned anything from these two releases it's that Syk has a knack for putting an incredibly catchy spin on source material from his childhood.