As is the grand tradition of Drake albums, the second track is a more meditative comedown from the focused intensity of the leadoff. "Furthest Thing" sees Drake addressing his current state of career and personal limbo ("Somewhere between psychotic and iconic / Somewhere between I want it and I got it") but maintaining that he's been and will be around regardless, doing his usual drinking, mobbing and (duh) fucking "on the low." Drake talks his talk over a typically dolorous piano riff and plaintive beat, the kind of track 40 could probably crank out in his REM-less sleep by now.
It's a textbook Drake transition cut, at least until the pitched-down voice from rap buddy Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" show sup to summarize the activities Drizzy has been performing on the low, and the beat switches to a Just Blaze-like classic soul hurrah, with a suddenly pepped-up Drake explaining his relative absence last season by saying he had "Derrick Rose the knee up before I got the re-up." It's a nifty little twist to keep Nothing Was the Same's opening gambit from being too by-the-numbers, though "Furthest Thing" is still a bit too bland to be considered a real album highlight.
POPDUST SAYS: 3/5