The first track on Drake’s 2009 album, “Take Care” started slow and cautiously. In that song Drake counted his achievements and failures since his debut album, but he didn’t sound convinced that he had as yet made it to the top.
Drake opens his new album, “Nothing Was the Same” by quickly stating, “This is nothing’ for the radio/ but they’ll still play it though/ Cause it’s the new Drizzy Drake/ thats just the way it go.” This Toronto born rapper is now more than confident that he has made it to the top.
Drake’s third album reminds me a lot of Kanye West’s “Yeezus.” The album is very self-centered; most of the tracks don’t feature any guests and the production work is an adventurous sampling from many decades and genres.
Listeners will be glad to hear that the biggest difference between these two albums is that Drake traded in Kanye’s abrasiveness for a much airier sound.
The fuel for Drakes lyrics on this album encompasses all of the doubts and regrets that still haunt him.
On his track “From Time,” he raps over a soft piano to rhythmic snaps about his butchered relationship with a waitress with whom he had fallen in love.
“Girl, I felt like we had it all planned out/ I guess I messed up the vision/Learning the true consequences of my selfish decisions.”
“Wu-Tang Forever,” caught a lot of flak from fans for having nothing to do with his love for Wu-Tang. Drake instead uses the song’s classical piano lines to sample from Wu’s “It’s Yourz,” as the basis for his conflicted feelings about finding love and dealing with fame.
This album is not all self-loathing. Drake lets in a burst of fresh air with his current hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
This 1980s-inspired R&B track shows how Drake can seamlessly switch from a hard spitting rapper to a soulful R&B singer.
With most of the Hip Hop industry focused on rapping about money, cars, and women it is refreshing to hear something more emotional and heartfelt.
Thankfully, Drake gives us just that.