Drake – Take Care [Review]

I have an odd relationship with Drake’s music. Comeback Season is not only the Drake album that still gets the most spins from me, but it’s one of my favorite mixtapes period. So Far Gone was our choice for mixtape of the year in ’09 and while I thought it was good, it wasn’t as good as the previous one. Then we got Thank Me Later which could be called So Far Gone Part 2 and the sound that ultimately birthed the Drake era. He managed to go from actor that raps, to rapper that sings, to artist that has his own lane. I can’t hate on that at all, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I miss the Comeback Season Drake. I’d be lying if I said that YMCMB Drake is the sound that I expected after posting that first article 3 years ago. The funny thing about all that is that even though he’s so far gone from the introduction I had to him, he’s not putting out bad product. As a matter of fact, you can almost say that his sound has changed the game so much that most of the new rappers sound like students of his music. However, with that transition there comes the inevitable rift between new fan and old fan, backpacker and hipster, the old guard and the new. Somehow, I think he’s managed to, based on his success, put MORE pressure on his shoulders for this album than his debut project. Let’s see how he handles it.

1. Over My Dead Body
Produced by Noah “40” Shebib
“This sounds pretty much like what I expected” is my initial reaction as the keys play and the vocals sing you into a swaying motion. 40 has a real feel for this emotional type of music, so it’s really not a shocker here. He kicks it off to say that he killed everybody in the game last year…not sure I agree with that but did have a great year. It’s a bit of a surprise for me is to hear Drake rap about being dedicated, on top, and hungry, something that’s been questioned pretty openly by anyone that has heard him since Comeback Season. He addresses them in this song…

The backpackers are back on the bandwagon
Like this was my Comeback Season back, back in the day
And I met your baby moms last night
We took a picture together – I hope she frames it
And I was drinking at the Palms last night
And ended up losing everything that I came with
Feel like I’ve been here before huh?
I still got 10 years to go huh?
This is the only sound you should fear
These kids wear crowns over here
And everything is all right

2. Shot For Me
Produced by Noah “40” Shebib
The transition to this song is pretty seamless with 40 back behind the boards. As far as this song goes, singing “I’m the man, yeah I said it. Bitch I’m the man, don’t forget it” sounds like something Mr. Biggs would sing in a R.Kelly song. From there he goes into a story/conversation where he talks about folks being jealous and hating…meanwhile stating that he put folks on (financially or otherwise made them hot). He even goes on from there to say that folks are jealous but he opened the song basically saying that he was everything? Sounds like he’s welcoming if not, inspiring the “hate” he’s experiencing.

3. Headlines
Produced by Boi-1da & Noah “40” Shebib
I think part of the magic on this track is the way Boi-1da and 40 produce the track. That Canadian heat provides for a bounce-worthy track that still manages to be a bit understated. From the leaked tracks, this was probably my favorite so I’m happy to hear it this soon on the album and after two more “R&B” sounding tracks. At this point, I notice that lyrically, Drake is feeling pretty good about himself and he’s not afraid to let you know. I can’t blame him, dude’s hype was monumental and according to the masses, he’s still exceeding expectations. Then again, according to the poem he spits at the end, maybe he’s saying this all with a purpose?

I heard once that they would rather about memories than enemies
Rather hear about what was or what will be than what is
Rather hear about how you got it over how much it cost you
Rather hear about finding yourself than how you lost you
Rather you make this an open letter
About family and struggle and it taking forever
About hearts that you’ve broken, and ties that you’ve severed
No doubt in my mind, that’ll make them feel better.

4. Crew Love
Featuring  The Weeknd; Produced by Don McKinney & Illangelo
My initial thought on Abel ” The Weeknd” Tesfaye was that he sounds like a more talented The-Dream based on his mixtapes. I think it’s cool that Drake has him on this album, exposing him to even more people than his tweets and constant praise has. That said, this is really more like a song by The Weeknd featuring Drake. Drake doesn’t come in until about the two minute mark, drops his verse, and the song ends. I guess, like I said, this is more for exposure for The Weeknd. Drake spits about, well, crew love; His circle of supporters and friends.

5. Take Care
Featuring Rihanna; Produced by Jamie xx
We’ve had this discussion about the Euro sound in our Hip-Hop and R&B songs lately..and while this has that sound it’s a lot more authentic, polished and less contrived (undoubtedly due to the use of a London based producer). I’m not a techno/house fan by any means but the thing that I do like on songs like this and Kanye’s “All Of The Lights” is the drums. I fully expect this song to be a featured single and I’m pretty lost as to why this hasn’t happened yet, considering the success of this sound lately.

6. Marvins Room
Produced by Noah “40” Shebib
Going back to the formula we get the promo single from the album. When I heard this one, I commented that (Even with the rap) it was shaping up to be a soulections review, and not a nappyafro joint. We’ve all heard this song by now, and if you haven’t, we talked about it here. I wasn’t overly impressed or disappointed, seemed like par for the course Drake..s’cuse me, YMCMB Drake. After a few spins and hearing how open he’s being and the construction of the song both lyrically and musically, I’ve gained appreciation for it. “Fuck that nigga, that you love so bad.” I can def remember times feeling that way.

7. Burried Alive (interlude)
Featuring Kendrick Lamar
I don’t have much to say about this interlude or artist. I tried to listen to the mixtape and wasn’t feeling so after I looked to see who was on the mic for this moment that I wasn’t feeling, it wasn’t news. Remember guys, if someone doesn’t like something, doesn’t mean that it’s hating. So, allow me to resemble that remark as I got nothing against him and his success, but I’m a bit far from purchasing an album at this point.

8. Under Gound Kings
Produced by T-Minus
This may be my disdain for over-saturation talking, but this song is dope and my second favorite song on the album, ahead of the overplayed “Headlines. ” The talented T-Minus lends his hand to produce one of the best songs on the album. Drake goes  into the booth on this one and takes it back to some spitting that I feel like i haven’t heard since I first heard him rhyme. This is definitely one of the shining moments on the album.

9. Well Be Fine
Featuring Birdman; Produced by T-Minus
I’m excited to hear the track and Drake rapping again. We’ve heard the talk of this being a Hip-Hop album and him returning to rhyming, but it’s been a hybrid type music that blends both the underground and YMCMB Drake, not saying that that’s good or bad. This is another good song…we could have done without Birdman talking at the end of the track, he ain’t sayin’ shit important.

10. Make Me Proud
Featuring Nicki Minaj; Produced by T-Minus & Kromatik
The First Couple of YMCMB teams up in what I’d expect to be a big song for the album at some point. This song is pretty solid but Nicki included this terrible line, “He asked my sign, I said a Sag. I’m a star, sheriff badge.” So take that part out, this song is pretty dope. This is a very well produced track and just like the larger part of the album thus far, it’s radio ready.

11. Lord Knows
Featuring Rick Ross; Produced by Just Blaze
This song is far and away the best song on the album and one of my favorites of the year. Blaze provides an amazing beat, Drake raps with inspiration and excellence of execution and Rawse is on top of his game, one of the best verse’s I’ve heard from him. Drake, you may need to let Blaze do just one album for you because this shit was magical. There are far too many quotables to single something out.

12. Cameras/Good Ones Go (Interlude)
Produced by Lex Luger
Even for the emo-rap that is his gimmick, this one is estrogen heavy and not very good. From Lex Lugers’ wavering melodies to the subject of the song, this joint is made for a drink and a blunt. I’d rather not need a therapy session after hearing a song, so I have no reason to listen to this joint again.

13. Doing It Wrong
Featuring Stevie Wonder; Produced by Noah “40” Shebib
It’s getting hard to find different ways to discuss this pair. I mean, you know exactly what it is, you know what they do, nothing here is ground breaking. This time, instead of  talking about his heart being broken or her heart being broken, he’s talking about a failed relationship…and it’s all singing. It’s clear that he’s been working on his singing and it shows.  Steve provides the classic harmonica playing to really give it that feeling of pain. We’ve all been in at least one relationship where we stay in it just….because. Pour yourself another drink…

14. The Real Her
Featuring Lil Wayne & Andre 3000; Produced by Noah “40” Shebib
“Houstonlantavegas Part 2” would have been a good name for this one, as he references each city girl in the song. The line-up is pretty interesting. You have the face of the new movement, the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive”, and the most anticipated solo rapper since…probably ever. Looking at the names, the track isn’t what I expected, but each brought their own flavor to it..and yes, Stacks steals the show with his verse.

Shower her with dollar tips
Shawty went and bought a whip
Guarantee the city remember ya whole name
You throw that ho a scholarship
All of them ain’t all equipped
And this saddens me, I see the pecking order
Quote-unquote “bad bitches” work the whole floor
Those that get laughed at sit off in the corner
Like a lab rat nobody want her
Niggas that are married don’t wanna go home
but we look up to them, they wish they were us
They want some new trim
We lust for some trust
Now the both of us are colorblind
Cause the other side looks greener
Which leaves your turf in a Boise state
Can’t see her play or the team, cuz
Everybody has an addiction; mine happens to be you
And those who say they don’t
Souls will later on say to them “that ain’t true”
All of them will have an opinion
But y’all know what you can do with them
But if you unsure, I’ll take you on tour
To a place I can stick that in
Well, sitting here sad as hell
Listening to Adele, I feel you baby
Someone like you, more like someone unlike you
Or someone that’s familiar maybe
And I can tell that she wants a baby
And I can yell “Girl, that you’re crazy!”
Oh what the hell? Nope, can’t be lazy
Please be careful: bitches got the rabies

15. Look What You’ve Done
Produced by Chase N. Cashe
This is an emo track that I dig. The majority of the song features Drake rapping over some keys and singing that samples from a behind the scenes rehearsal footage of Smokey & the late Static Major (Both members of the R&B Playa). It gives this a real casual “exclusive” feeling, as if you got this fresh from Drake’s behind the scenes cuts. This is a really good example of his story telling ability, difference between this and a lot of his other songs is that feels more genuine than his songs about girls. This is a family affair that he shared with us this time around and Drake paints a pretty heartfelt story for someone who doesn’t have that street life background.

16. HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)
Featuring Lil Wayne; Produced by T-Minus
Well damn….Drake opens this track with is best Eminem/Busta Rhymes impression. I don’t think he takes a breath during this flow for the first 8 bars. Even this late in the album, this is still another solid song. Those of thus the really like when he’s rappin’ more than singing, this is our cut.

She asked what have I learned since getting richer/ I learned working with the negatives to make for better pictures/ I learned Hennessy and enemies is one hell of a mixture.

Initially, I wasn’t a big fan of the hook, but the entire song rolls, no complaints here.

17. Practice
Produced by Noah “40” Shebib
So…you know those skits and YouTube videos where people sing rap songs that aren’t sung? Well, Drake, in his tribute to Cash Money decides to turn Juvenile’s “Back That Ass Up” into a ballad. I still don’t know how I feel about it. I want to laugh..and I do when he hits the hook and sings Juvi’s rhymes…but at the same time, I’m somewhat enjoying it. Who knew that bassline was that dope? I’ll say one thing for sure, you need to hear this one.

18. The Ride
Featuring The Weeknd; Produced by Doc McKinney, Illangelo
Drake ends the album to talk about his journey and the perils of stardom. From the loss of friends and those closest to you to the lavish loneliness of sitting on top of the world. There is a lot of good imagery here to end the album and keep you on edge for the next Drake project.

I haven’t been inside terminal 1 and 3 in so long
I’m driving right up to it now, make sure you got your coat on
That runway can be cold especially after summers rolled on
And all you knew is alcohol and city lights and slow songs
Performance out the years, got you asking what’s good at home
What’s good at home?
The same hoes are still at it, I shoulda known
My young niggas poppin’ m’s and sippin’ dirty jones
Problem children that all be reppin’ Octobers Own
Brand new girl, and she still growing
Brand new titties, stitches still showing
Yeah and she just praying that the heals good
I’m bout to fuck and I’m just praying that it feels good
I really don’t know much but shit I know a secret
They say more money more problems, my nigga don’t believe it
I mean sure there’s some bills and taxes I’m still evading
But I blew 6 million on my self and I feel amazing
Young money maker, season ticket holder
Season switching over
I come through them bitches still scorching as if I didn’t notice
You niggas gettin’ older, I see no threat in yoda
I’m out here messing over the lives of these niggas
That couldn’t fuck with my freshman flow ta (to)
Look at that fucking chip on your nephews shoulder
My sophomore they was all for it, they all saw it
My juniors and senior will only get meaner
Take care nigga

Bottom Line:
Let’s cut to the chase real quick, if you’re reading this review, waiting on the score, all the while you not only dislike Drakes brand of music, you’re not a fan, why bother commenting? We all know Drake doesn’t spit street shit. We all know he’s more of a emotional rapper comfortable with talking about his feelings, high or low and every stop between. So to read this review or listen to his music knowing you can’t get into his music is crazy. Now that we got that out of the way, lets get back into this album. I think saying, “If you like Drake, you’ll love this album” is all the info you may need to guide a purchase, but it’s a bit of an understatement. Where Comeback Season was one sound and Thank Me Later was another, this is probably the best hybrid of the two. I wanted to say that I didn’t like this album just on the strength of me liking my Hip-Hop to be more rap than singing but this is done well. There aren’t many moments that blow you away, but there is an abundance of good music and very few bad points. I’ll even go on record to say that Drake will win a Grammy and multiple plaques for this album and singles. There is enough Hip-Hop on here to keep people like me happy as well as music for those that are familiar with him since his YMCMB signing. He managed to not only cut an album where the next single can be picked from a hat, he proves on this album several times that he’s intelligent and driven. Take Care may be a defining moment in his career to the masses. I think even those that listen with an eye on getting more material to fuel their hate will find it hard to not like something on this album. He may very well turn hate into understanding, and those eventually into fans.

Sidenote: This is a 3.75 but you know how we do at the ‘Fro, round down when that happens.

  • I want to write a whole dialogue on this shit, but it’s too early. Either way, this album is amazing. Wasn’t expecting this at all! The whole ambiance, purpose, motivation, and edge to this shit is dope. 4.5 to me man. The bangers really bang, the melodies will leave you mellow, and if you feel any song on this album you REALLY feel it. Drake dropped the album he was supposed to last year. This is what “Charity Starts At Home” is to us young niggas. Salute Drake, dope album.

  • I just realized that the song “Take Care” was a remake.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaXslpx3MWY 

  • P-Body

    Okay this album get 3 stars from me. This album isn’t bad at all but too much singing for me, if it was an R&B album it will be different. He have some good production though. Lord Knows is so fucking ill to me….. That “The Real Her” song is my shit. I really like that song a lot and the melodies, yes Andre killed that. He probably have verse of the year from me. “Look What You’ve Done” is dope as fuck to me too. I’m still not an fan of Drake but I do like some of his stuff though. 

  • P-Body

    Practice is terrible by the way. I hate that song… How in the fuck baby let this man butcher Juvenile hit like that? SMH…. Oh yeah what’s wrong with Baby talking at the end of the song…. That’s his trademark especially if you listen to Cash Money in the 90’s he always did that on certain songs.

    • Trademark doesn’t matter, him doing it, especially on that song, is random and ads nothing to the track. Like, wtf is he even on there for? Just let the track ride out.

    • Bluelopez50

      I’ve got to agree with P-Body.

    • P-Body

      Saule it wouldn’t be Cash Money if Baby didn’t talk at the end. Baby always done that and you think he is going to change that up? I have CMR cds from the early 90’s and he always did that back when his name was B32 (Baby with the 32 Golds)

      • he wasn’t on the first album…he wasn’t talking on Nicki’s album…need I go on? Don’t try and act like  it’s the stamp of approval or some shit. The shit is just out of place and unnecessary.

        • P-Body

          Saule you will be alright man. He been doing it for years overall man… He did it on The Carter 1 album, Chopper City In The Ghetto, It’s All On U Vol 1 & 2 and etc albums from CMR. It is a stamp of approval, you just don’t want to admit my dude. I can’t stand birdman nowadays but this is what he do though.

          • AGAIN, I’m not debating him doing it, I’m sayin that it sounds like shit AND it’s inconsistent as I noted with Nicki and Drake. There’s nothing for me to admit, the shit is wack and didn’t need to be there.

          • DuB

            I think both of you are missing the big picture…… if Birdman is talking, he ain’t rapping so its a win

          • I like how you think

          • P-Body

            @Saule, Deep inside your soul you know it is a stamp of approval and you would do the same thing too if you was a CEO of a record company managing artist… @Dub, true! I co-sign on that one man. I can’t stand to hear him rap, a long time ago I could manage but not now.

          • Right, it’s so important that he didnt’ do it the first time around on his or Nicki’s album.

          • P-Body

            You would do it Saule. I can tell man

          • …I would do what? I have no idea what the hell you are talkin about now.

          • P-Body

            I’m saying you would do the same thing Baby did on Drake song. I know you would if you had an artist. Baby is a game spitter not a rapper, he always said that.

          • ….nigga, lets focus.
            1. The shit sounds wack as hell on that song.
            2. He never did it on Drakes first album nor Nicki’s first album.
            3. The shit sounds wack as hell on that song.

          • P-Body

            You will be aight man. Birdman going to keep doing what he do on people songs. I wouldn’t be surprise if he do that on Nicki next album or who ever else album next. At the end of the day we all know you would do the same thing on your artist song if you was an big time CEO of a label. Master P was notorious for doing the same thing on some his artist albums too. I personally don’t see nothing wrong with that.

          • DuB

            I wouldn’t do that corny ass shit. If you have something real to say that is one thing, but you can tell Drake was already done with the song and Baby just wanted to talk on it. The only thing that would’ve been worst is if it was Khaled.

          • just let him go man, that dude is out to prove some illogical shit that makes sense in some alternate universe. Everyone else sees it, hell, even Drake knows that was some extra bullshit that the “boss” wanted to do.

          • P-Body

            It’s okay Saule. You know you see it but you just don’t want to admit it. Birdman is not doing nothing new, like Dub said at least he is not rapping.

          • do you read what I post or just post what you want. I said the shit sounds bad…that was what I said in the article and the same thing I’ve said here. It sucks. That’s all. Fuck his habit of doing it, it sucks.

          • P-Body

            I read everything but I do post what I want also. You make it seem like he bust a 16 bar verse. Birdman isn’t going to stop doing this type of stuff until he die or just leave the music game for good which I highly doubt. Apparently Drake didn’t see nothing wrong with it if it is still on the album. At the end of the day you would do the same thing Birdman do.

          • No, I wouldn’t . Just like he didn’t on Drakes first album or Nicki’s first album. And NONE of what you said changes that it not only sounds dumb and out of place, it adds nothin to the song, just ike i said in the review.

          • Rickjamesbitch

            Lol I doubt Drake would say no to Birdman, if your boss asks to be a part of your album its not like you’re gonna turn him down.  

          • P-Body

            Saule know I’m right though, and I believe he would do the same thing as Birdman. Didn’t Puffy do this on Notorious BIG songs? You see where we going here…. All of a sudden it is a big problem when Baby do it. @Rickjamesbitch_That’s a true statement. I think personally me if I didn’t want Birdman on my album I’ll say it since I don’t bite my tongue. Overall I think Drake is okay I still don’t see the hype and I’m still not a fan of him but I do like certain songs from him like I said a million times before.

  • This album also gets the coveted ======>[BetterWithDrugs]<====== Achievement lol

  • Practical

    Man what is the Drake Era? You talking about the Aubrey Minute? Cause all I hear is a bunch of estrogen soaked in autotune.

    • lol, may be the case, but this cat has been the sound of Hip Hop since he got signed

      • Practical

        No…Kanye has been the sound of Hip Hop since HE got signed

      • Practical

        Honestly, how are you gonna let Aubrey get away with this shit? He’s just a face. He has zero talent and all he does is imitate Kanye’s style.

        • Zero talent? And you saying he didn’t change the rap game? You just gotta embrace the hate at that point. It’s one thing not to like him, but to say that… smh

          • Practical

            Yes, that is what I’m saying.

  • Practical

    Straight up, someone needs to just smack Drake in the face. Multiple times. I bet he’s never been in a fight in his life.

  • Practical

    Room For Improvement = Shitty College Dropout.

    Comeback Season = Shitty Graduation.

    So Far Gone =  Shitty 808s & Heartbreak.

    Thank Me Later <<<<<<<<<< My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    Croonings Of An Abused Vagina <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Watch The Throne

    • DuB

      Lol what is wrong with this nigga. Do me a favor, take your prozac before you make comments dawg.

    • Abused vagina? This from a nigga that cried all through the comments section of Mac Miller.

      • Practical

        Talk and talk and talk and talk…baby let’s just knock it off…I’ve always thought some of you motherfuckers were retarded. Do you even know how much of a don B-Easy is? That dude has so much spyware and shit on his computer…he runs this site and you ignorant motherfuckers don’t even understand how much work he does. He lets us get away with this petty bickering, but the more we do it the more he’s gonna wonder why he’s doing it.

        • I ain’t ya baby, and what the FUCK are you talking about? We’re retarded, but you’re on meds. Good luck with that.

          • Practical

            Man seriously stop with the meds shit though. I’d literally die if I wasn’t on this shit, so I don’t know why the fuck you’re all acting like I’m on prozac or some shit

          • DuB

            Because you sound looney nigga.

          • Practical

            So listen to what I’m saying and ignore the “looney” shit. You think I would be acting this retarded if I could help it?

          • DuB

            Nigga that means you are crazy. You are an artist right? Do you think Jay-Z, NaS, Eminem or any other respectable artist go around to magazines or websites and act like this. If you were a real artist you would show a little decor.

          • P-Body

            Man these comments having me dying right now. 

            Anyway that is some real shit Dub is saying though.

          • Practical

            Bro, I don’t give a shit what those people do. I’m not those people.

          • DuB

            You haven’t even dropped any music and niggas on this site don’t respect you nigga, that says enough.

          • P-Body

            WOW!

          • Practical

            I don’t have any psychiatric conditions. I have a LIVER DISEASE. My pills do not affect my mindstate. Period. I am who I am and you are who you are. I just have the balls to let people see what’s in my head. Fuck you for real. I have nothing against you but you have a grudge…so the more you talk, the more I’ll answer.

          • DuB

            This nigga is crazy fareal. B is this your baby momma just trying to get child support because he’s acting like an emotional bitch.

          • Practical

            You’re projecting. I have nothing for you but indifference. The reason you keep bothering me is because I’m outdoing you and you’re jealous.

          • Rickjamesbitch

            At least the pills gave you an excuse…  You don’t see a problem with how you’re acting?

          • Practical

            No, I don’t. I’m not gonna slow down for anybody…if you read closely I’ve been showing everybody love. I do not see a problem with genuine, well-intentioned honesty. I didn’t mean for people to go around acting like I was crazy…B-Easy really put me on blast on the Frocast. After that point I had to do some damage control because I’m really just trying to help out the site.

          • DuB

            No one wants your help at the end of the day, so go somewhere you can be appreciated….. like the looney bin.

          • P-Body

            This stuff is getting weirder by the day I come on the site for them brief minutes I’m on. How about everybody just focus on eating leftovers from Thanksgiving, that sound like an awesome idea

        • King Jerm

          This nigga is off his John Rocker!

        • Clay Davis

          B-Easy tell this crazy nigga to get off yo dick

        • P-Body

          These comments are cracking me up for real. I’m literally in tears

    • Neelylb

      I do agree that most of the credit drake gets as an artist is really just misplaced kanye credit. But I wouldn’t go as far as to say he’s totally talentless. 

      • Practical

        Ok. I’m from Boston and my man used this analogy today – it’s like saying the Yankees suck. In the back of everyone’s mind, we know they go hard…but still, YANKEES SUCK

        • Cota

          Thats uhh.. That’s hatin haha

          • Practical

            Then fuck it, I was raised a hater. Man you’re gonna make me start saying stupid ass shit again hahahaha

          • at least you know and embrace your haterism…and LOL at “start…again” like there has been a break in the bullshit.

          • Practical

            I’m just imagining you sitting at your computer getting emotional as hell at all these comments.

          • nah, not at all breh.

          • DuB

            That’s funny because I’m imagining you at the psych ward with padded walls yelling, “I’m a rapper”.

          • Practical

            I’m imagining you sitting in a cave drooling and swinging a club around screaming “I’m a soldier.”

  • SicSwig

    p body is right about the album. pratical your wrong abot the drake he’s been in a fight. he just got his ass kicked.

    • Practical

      HAHAHA word. I just want to make one thing clear though – Drake did not invent this style. Far from it. T-Pain brought back autotune, Wayne popularized it, and Kanye cemented it in Hip Hop history. Drake is a child star who stumbled into the music industry and has no discernible sound of his own. All he does is imitate.

      • This Guy

        No way man, Ol Dirty Bastard wuz tha 1st one to do tha sing n rapping style. Hahahah.

      • This Guy

        Sorry, I misread that. I should have sed that 2 Saule about Drake being in his own lane…

  • P From Da D

    I cant believe you guys are being so conformist. Nobody is gonna think yal a hater if yall jus tell the truth. This is honestly the WORST high hype album ive ever heard. I know Drake superfans who aint even really feeling this

  • This to me deserves a 4 star. I don’t look at this in a hip-hop sense, I look at it from a musical standpoint. There is not a song on here that I don’t enjoy. There’s not one that is a classic, but there isn’t a bad song on here. Did Drake create the style he uses? Hell no, Kanye takes credit for that. However, Drake definatly perfected it to a point that he can be brought up in a conversation of whether or not he created it or not, its that good. He isn’t the best rapper, and he isn’t the best singer, but he is damn sure one of the best that combines both of those talents into one body of work

  • Clay Davis

    Good review I would have gave it a 3 it is alot better than I expected Drake’s career really reminds me of Kanye’s at this point

    • What? Kanye has never put out a bad or just ok album. Every Kanye album is classic.

      • 808’s is classic?

        • Practical

          In 100 years little kids are gonna be playing tracks from 808s in band classes

      • Clay Davis

        I never said Kanye put out a bad or okay album, I just said their careers were similar at this point.

  • Mikelacey0919

    This is the one illegally downloaded album that I will actually go out and buy this year.

  • MrHusein

    Gotta say I didn’t expect drake’s album to sound this nice. He sounds hungry and that’s what I like. Win for drake

  • King Jerm

    These feuds in the comment section are FUNNY! P-Body vs. Saule Wright and Practical vs. The World got me over here DYING!

    Y’all niggas are HILARIOUS!

    • I don’t even know what the hell he’s even talkin about anymore…either of them. lol

  • straight trash…..too much singing

  • Aoyinsan

    Good album!

  • Ty

    This album is a 3 and would be a 2 if “Lord Knows” wasnt on it. Ive heard much better work from Drake. Comeback Season, So Far Gone, and Thank Me Later were far better than this garbage. I dont know what was worst, Take Care or Tha Carter IV.

  • perthcity

    whats with all this ‘drake put together a cohesive album’

    give 40 the credit, hes a master of his own sound

    • 10 songs produced by 40, 8 by someone else, sure 40 has his own sound, the other 8 songs were not like 40’s. Drakes lyrics, delivery, singing and song construction were what also “helped” give this a cohesive sound. I think you niggas just makin up shit to disagree with at this point. lol

  • Anybody want to talk about that 3stacks verse? That shit was amazing. 

    • P-Body

      3 Stacks killed it! That’s probably my favorite song off the album. 3 Stacks right now is probably the best or one of the best right now… He is killing Lil Wayne and Jay-Z lyrically.

      • DuB

        Better than any 2pac verse ever.

        • P-Body

          Naw I don’t agree with that one. I mean I like both artist but Pac hands down was on something else man. But Dre is smashing Jay-Z though

  • It was. Everybody was saying “man that 3Stacks verse was so fyyye” on Twitter nshit, but I highly doubt people REALLY listened to it. Nowadays, people say that about everything Dre drops. But under inspection his verse was dope as fuck. That’s how you drop knowledge in lines.

    • When Stacks finally drops that solo joint, I don’t know if it’s honestly possible for him to live up to the expectations at this point. Like, I think folks are expecting a 6star album out of a possible 5star type shit. Even if he filled the album with verses like that, I just don’t know if it will be enough…or are folks dickriding so hard that even a sub-par album will garner 5star calls?

      • People who haven’t even heard an entire Outkast album and can’t name 5 tracks off The Love Below will probably hate the album. The only thing they know about 3Stacks is the 15 or so verses he dropped in the past 4 years and that people call him the GOAT. Some of em will bandwagon and say how good it is to be cool, but they won’t like it.

        Then, true fans, in true fan fashion, will be polarized. You always have the niggas that say “ALL THESE YEARS AND THIS IS ALL WE GET?!” and they go right back to old material. Can’t please em.

        Then the other true fans will enjoy the fact that they finally got an Andre 3000 album and praise it for what it is. Prolly call it a classic by the album art.

        All aforementioned would be assuming it’s what we expect from Andre, a great left field project.

        Either way, all criticism/praise will be extreme based off the hype, regardless if it’s Great, average, or bad.

        • P-Body

          I personally think Andre solo joint is going to be classic. That Love Below album was an masterpiece and he should have released that separately instead of with Speakerboxxx. 

          Atliens is by far my favorite Outkast album of all time, and one of my favorite albums period beyond hip hop. It was so well put together and the production is still sick. Both of Big Boi & Dre was spitting at the top of their game even though they was still young barely 21-22. 

          Anyway’s Dre spit hard on that “Real Her” song. He owned that track for real!

          We need a new Outkast album man

  • Maaaan. The first listen left me bewildered. On 2nd listen it’s really strong up until Cameras. I can do without that and Practice. These songs are not as anthemic and instantly gratifying as TML was…but it deserves way more than 3.5

    • way more? like 4.5?

      • I clocked it at a 4.5. I really do enjoy every second of this album aside from the title track.

      • At LEAST a 4. Its good mane

  • P-Body, this shit is getting ridiculous so let me say it for the last time. NO I wouldn’t do it. NO I don’t agree with you because I don’t even know what point you’re trying to make or how that ties to my initial point. If you’re saying that that Bidrman segment of nonsensical bullshit adds something to the song, then that’s ya business. My opinion on that isn’t going to change, it was stupid and added nothing to the song. That’s pretty much the end of it. Is it a problem? Outside of it just sounding stupid and added on, of course not. Is it a positive, I don’t see any scenario where it is a positive.If you feel it is, cool rock with it homie, but stop trying to act like 1) you know me and 2) I would feel the need to just jump on a track for some odd reason.

    • P-Body

      Dude I’m just giving you a hard time, relax dude. I found it to be hiliarious.

      • lol@relax. I must type like I’m pissed or something. You were getting on my nerves with that nonsense tho, lawd.

  • Reg

    I bought the album and at first listen I was a bit disappointed however once I let the cd play while driving I truly began to appreciate drake’s creativity on this album. I find that he has grown significantly in his singing and raping. There is a true cohesiveness between the tracks and there are many highlights. Although there is some singing i feel that drake 2nd album is similar to thank me later but better. So can stop the whole complaining…My opinion this is a 4

    • perthcity

      >>>he has grown significantly in his singing and raping. >>>singing and raping.
      >>>raping.com’ reg

  • Practical

    Yo I actually haven’t even listened to this shit, no bullshit.