“Nothing Was The Same” Drake

Drake
Nothing Was The Same Album Review
Cash Money Records/Republic Records
Released September 23, 2013
Genre: Hip-Hop, R&B

Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake, comes back with his third studio release, Nothing Was The Same. It’s true, because with a well-intentioned appreciation for rap classics, as well as an obvious but almost adeptly executed attempt at reinventing his image, Drake makes his best album of his career.This project opens up with the extremely flashy song, “Tuscan Leather,” which upon first hearing it sounds like it will turn out to be another overly boastful track over some high-pitch-altered vocals. However, Drake throws a curve ball at the listener; lyrically, he delves into his popularity, acknowledging his status, but not in a cocky fashion. Instead he acknowledges what is really going on in his career. He tackles everything from where he wants to go, to even acknowledging the idiotic usages of YOLO, informing the listener that those people misunderstood the message completely. This portrays a more accessible, realistic Drake, and consequently a more interesting Drake.

Even on the love-involved song “From Time” he does not alienate the listener with warbling saturated with sappiness and desperation, but paints a more realistic picture of love. He does not talk about ex-girlfriends finding the right guy, but the harsh realities of loving someone while being obscenely wealthy. His experiences parallel the trials and tribulations that relationships of commoners go through, making the song very heartfelt. His flow is very fast and passionate, and very good. Also, Jhene Aiko delivers a gorgeous vocal melody that compliments the simple and touching piano-heavy beat.

There are other love songs on the album that share the same good qualities of “From Time,” or at least have other good qualities that make up for the corniness. For example, the hit single “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” retains that signature Drake sappiness from past projects, but sports a fantastic disco-and-New-Wave-inspired beat, not to mention Drake’s much improved singing voice.

Drake shows that he can be a very respectable musician; however, there are tracks on this project that prevent the album from being fantastic. Other than Drake’s still-persistent reliance on unrealistic love affairs (for the regular people, at least) in songs like “305 To My City,” he still has songs about brag gin. Not as much, but he still does it. On “Paris Morton Music,” he talks about cars and the usual profligate imagery, and the nail in the coffin isn’t even Drake…it’s Jay-Z. Nobody wants to hear about how rich Jay-Z is anymore, nor do they care about how he says he’s wealthy. This plagues his music still, and I’m done with that.

The Pros outweigh the Cons on this project though, and it just goes to show that Drake can do it. He can be diverse, have good flow, and be interesting. He did on this project…but does he want to do it? I think he does, and he dabbles in the water of reality and honesty on this one. Not bad, Aubrey, not bad at all.

PRETTY NEAT MUSIC

 

FAV TRACKS: Tuscan Leather, Wu Tang Forever, From Time, Too Much, Hold On, We’re Going Home
LEAST FAV TRACKS: Worst Behavior, The Language, 305 To My City, Paris Morton Music
Score: (7.5/10)

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