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Drake’s third solo album leaves nothing the same with the amount of hits on the album! The 29-year-old rapper released his album on September 24th, 2013. Despite the fact that the album was leaked on the internet a week before, it didn’t disrupt the significant amount of sales which is a reminder that Drake is here to stay on top of this hip-hop game.
The album was originally set to release for September 17th. Drake waited before releasing it to his fans and after listening to the album, it is safe to say he made the right choice. The original album includes fourteen songs and the deluxe version has sixteen songs. After signing to his record label, “Young Money” in 2009, he has created three albums. This album was Grammy nominated for “Best Rap Album of The Year.”
Nothing Was The Same starts off with arguably one of the best songs on the album because of it’s big drum sound and engrossing beat. With this six-minute song, Aubrey Drake Graham decided to get personal while he kept a blunt rapper flow. One example of how blunt he got would be how he discussed his friendship with Nicki Minaj, female rapper signed to the same record label as him, and how he is no longer in contact with her. This is different compared to “Hold On We’re Going Home” where the beat is contemporary and is the rapper’s first ballad song. What sticks out about this song other than Drake’s soothing vocals would be that this is his first song without any profanity. It makes him connect to audiences in a different way because this is a song that your conservative grandmother loves or that can play at a wedding.
With songs such as “Worst Behavior,” “Started From the Bottom,” and “The Language” which made Drake to appear emotionless based on song lyrics, he also showed that he has a heart which showed his versatility. With songs such as “Connect” and “Too Much” he discussed having lost important relationships due to lack of communication. Drake made an interesting choice by the features he decided to put on the album. The Grammy awarded rapper only has three features which is a major difference in comparison to Take Care, his sophomore album which won a Grammy for “Best Rap Album of The Year.” That previous album had features ranging from artists such as Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd, and Andre 3000. There was a surprise feature from his grandmother on that album which actually turned out to be pretty cute!
The name that catches my eye immediately on this album is well-known, Jay-Z, who appears on his seven-minute song, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.” This song can be described as having a fast-paced beat. Jay-Z originally recorded “Pound Cake” for himself to release on his album that came out earlier that year, Magna Carta Holy Grail. However, when the Canadian rapper asked Jay-Z if he could put that song on his album and add to it instead, Jay-Z gladly handed it over.
There’s only one song on the album that could’ve been dropped in the last reviewing between him and his producer, Noah “40” Shebib, which is “Furthest Thing.” He gave the overused message that he is the furthest thing from perfect. It is a slow tempo where it sounds as if he is talking on the beat rather than rapping on the beat for the first two-minutes. The beat transfers from calm to more aggressive as it speeds up and Drake rapped aggressively.
Another downfall would the coverart for the album. The album cover is a picture of a blue sky, clouds, and Drake’s face in the center looking towards the right. First glance at the album, there is a state of confusion as to why the rapper would choose this album cover. It brings a state of confusion because the cover art doesn’t match what Drake said on the album and comes off as an ameteur move. For someone who has been rapping since 2006, the album cover should’ve been better than the rapper having his head stuck in the clouds, literally.
Overall, buying this album will be something that your ears will thank you for. With Drake’s aggressive rapping and hard-core beat, this is a project worth giving a listen. With one song that could’ve been dropped, it still holds it’s own on the album. If a powerful mogul like Jay-Z can easily give away a song, it just proves Drake’s power as a rapper. Two years later and his fourth album, Views From The 6, is supposed to drop anytime now. Nothing will be the same from here on out.