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Drake Take Care Album Review In-Depth

It’s that time of year again to write up a killer review for another one of Drake’s albums, so let’s jump right in. From all the hype swelling up for this album, the bar was set pretty high and from the beginning of the year this was the album to anticipate/beat. I’m not going to say this album was way better than “Watch the Throne” or even “Cole World: Sideline Story”, but after listening through it a dozen times front to back, I CAN say that it has lived up to expectations and it is better than those other two.

There’s probably going to be a lot of haters talking sh*t about how soft Drake has got, and the usual garbage that comes out their mouth, but…

Let’s breakdown each track for what it is now…

1. Over My Dead Body
The start of this album starts off with a soothing vibe right from the jump, almost preparing you for what’s to come. Drake goes on to tell you how he killed it last year, and how he thought he found his girl last year at a stripper club (Maliah). Haters thought his sophomore album wasn’t going to come through, but to him it’s been that way from the beginning, and it seems like he’s still on top despite all the talk. Great song choice to introduce you to the new Drake; he really does have a new swag perpetuating from him.

2. Shot For Me
This track is actually pretty funny; Drake’s talking about his old girl is mad at him because their new man doesn’t do it like him. Basically everything he used to do for his girl back in the day, she is looking for and she really can’t find it. “The way you walk that’s me” Drake made his old females into the women there are today. This is crazy, because if you are a guy you would definitely vibe with this, when you see your old girl and you see things that she does because of you, like her talk, her walk, the sexy things you told her, have become a habit for her. Take a shot for me.

3. Headlines
This song is definitely played a lot, but not played out. The fact is, this is just a feel good bounce, order some bottles in the club and salute lol. The verses on this song are great and is definitely a club banger. Drake brings a confidence to this song that sounds like I made it and making headlines.

4. Crew Love
The Weeknd knows how to make a song sound good. Drake and The Weeknd know how to make tracks together, I guess that’s why they call, “OVOXO your girl at my next show”. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Drake’s crew, taking $50,000 vacations, going to a club with 20 deep… That’s boss shit right there. Drizzy takes cares of his crew, and I don’t blame him because like he said, most of these industry cats ain’t what they seem.

5. Take Care
This song is just good. I love the melody in the background. Rihanna and Drake rock this track on a island feel vibe, like you in the Caribbean. This is going to be a club banger once the clubs get it; add a techno beat on top of it and you’ll be dancing the night away with Riri & Drizzy.

6. Marvins Room
This song hit the radio waves this summer and was a perfect night cap type joint. I’m sure many guys have been in this position where they called up their old girl after a night of partying, because they know they still want her. Call it jealously, call it missing your old boo, this is that reminisce track that got you wondering about what could have been. Overall, he delivers with the vibe of the beat.

7. Buried Alive (Interlude) ft. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is one of those dudes you need to keep an eye on; he’s got some sick word play. Great move on adding him to the album Drizzy.

8. Underground Kings
You bouncing and bobbing the minute his verse hits with this track. Drake comes in strong and confident on Underground Kings. He goes in to tell you about his story a bit, and how he got to where he is now. It’s nice the way he twangs the end of a couple words he says; adds a nice change to the song.

9. We’ll Be Fine
Drake kills it with the heavy bass. The flow of this track is mad chill; I can definitely feel some roots from his older EP So Far Gone. Drake has a new set of problems he has to deal with that include jealousy, buying a new condo, and having your girl in line around the corner. These are problems any one would probably would like to have lol. This is a self banger; something you could probably jam to in your whip while cruising around the block.

10. Make Me Proud
This is a ladies track. The beat is definitely nice, and the word play Drake produces is flattering and sexy for the females. This song reminded me of “Fancy” because it’s another one of those tracks that Drake shows his appreciation for the opposite sex. Good song, and Nicki is a plus, but I think she could’ve of done better with her verse.

11. Lord Knows
When I first played this track I thought I was about to enter church, but as Drake spilled his verse on the beat, my thoughts changed. Drake goes crazy on his lyrical flow for this verse. If you really listen to what he’s saying, he goes hard. Rick Rozay shows his presence on the beat which was a good addition. I think Rick Ross adds that Boss feel to it.

12. Cameras / Good Ones Go (Interlude)
This track is split into two, cameras is a slow beat that just bounces. The morale of the story is that the camera lies sometimes, so it’s better not to believe everything you see. “I am me, I am me, I thought you knew about the team”. Good Ones Go, is about having someone in the palm of your hand, but not realizing what you have until there with someone their happy with. Everyone has probably been through this experience in their life.

13. Doing It Wrong ft. Stevie Wonder
The realest song on Drake’s new album… This is deep. There’s so many things going on in this song; the emotions portrayed in the lyrics are pure and honest. “Cry if you need to, but I can’t stay to watch you, that’s the wrong thing to do.” The hardest thing to do is to walk away from something you know you should walk away from, but the emotions are creating conflict in your mind of what’s right. Drake hit this song dead center, from the tone, the beat, the feel…bliss.

14. The Real Her ft. Lil Wayne & Andre 3000
Heard this song without the Andre 3000 verse and it was good then, but Andre 3000 caps it off pretty nice. Drake’s album is more slow RnB feel more than anything, it’s almost like he paused his “It’s Never Enough” mixtape, but didn’t get off the vision though. Take Care seems to be a mixture of his thoughts for the mixtape mixed with the new.

15. HYFR (Hell Ya Fuckin’ Right)
Drake is becoming more versatile with his styles. Ever since there were those allegations of Drake coping off other peoples styles, Drake has been putting in work make his flows more diversified. Lil Wayne does a good job on this track and the chorus is pretty catchy, but I don’t have much to say about this song. It’s good.

16. Look What You’ve Done
This is Drake’s tribute to his mother. Drake touches on how he tries to convince his mother to quit smoking and arguments that they had. The absence of Drake’s father in his life seems to be a touchy subject to him. He goes on to say that she knows the buttons to push to get to him. This song Aubrey Drake Graham strays away from the persona of Drake and goes back to his roots and speaking through the mic to his loved ones. Good stuff.

17. Practice
Drake’s version of back that ass. He throws his spin on it, and it’s good, but probably more of a female favorite. I wouldn’t skip it, but it’s familiar with some of the lyrics from Juvenile. I like all original Drake verse more than anything, so each their own.

18. The Ride (Feat. The Weeknd)
Interesting beat on this track. I got to admit that his last verse was pretty interesting and worth a listen. The Weeknd does a good job on the background vocals. Drake just did his thing on the verses and it went pretty well. One line that cracked me up was, “Bitches smiling at ya, it must be happy hour.” Ain’t that the truth!

19. The Motto (feat. Lil Wayne)
This song is just cool. The beat is just gansta poppin’. Drake’s vibe is just, “I’m kickin’ it”; Drake basically is saying he’s the fucking man in this song. Lil Wayne came in pretty nice too. Overall both Drake and Lil Wayne did the beat justice.

Conclusion

Drake’s music is always the type of music that you really need to digest to appreciate. The first time you hear a track shouldn’t be when you make your judgments, but just a reaction. Take a listen again and really figure out what he’s trying to tell you. Drake conveys a lot of emotions throughout his music, which has a way of connecting and relating with many individuals. Some of these dudes out here only talk about the material things, and material things are nice, but sometimes you want to feel like you got to know a person while listening to their music, and Drake does a good job of letting you understand where he’s coming from. There’s going to be haters, but like Drake said, “His music aren’t for the ones that ain’t getting p*ssy”.

I’m done with my review, Take Care available on Amazon and iTunes.

What you think of Drake’s new album Take Care?

Reviews are in for the most highly anticipated album of 2011. Even though the album leaked over the internet, dedicated fans rushed to the nearest best buy or music store to pick up Drake’s sophomore album “Take Care”. We’ve gather together a complete compilation of reviews for your viewing and have organized it in one place for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Take Care or Take Out

There was good with the bad when it came to how fans felt about Drake’s Take Care album, but instead of me telling you, check out what they had to say in our in-depth reviews.

  • Fans Speak On Take Care (Review) – Hi guys, I listened to drakes album take care and I absolutely loved it I give it a 12/10. I love the fact that he is a rapper but yet he still sings. All 17 songs on this cd were amazing, I love drake because he raps/sings about real life experiences. Although I’m a woman I can still…
  • Take Care This Year/Next – I think that Take Care is going to be the album of this year and NEXT year. In my point of view I love it. I pre-ordered it a couple weeks ago and listened to some of the songs on youtube…
  • Drake’s “Take Care” Pre-Release Album Review – Drake could have employed a surefire strategy of platinum producers, staggered singles and aggressive promotion to help ensure that his new album, “Take Care,” would avoid the sophomore slump. Given the pomp and hype the 25-year-old has amassed over his abbreviated career, such an assault was certainly expected. Instead, the Canadian rapper-singer has taken a decidedly low-key approach to rolling out his new disc….

Drake’s OVO Festival Review [MTV News]

TORONTO — Sporting an October’s Very Own varsity jacket, black t-shirt, fatigue pants and a pair of black Air Jordan sneakers, Drake looked every bit the part of collegiate jock during his OVO Festival performance Sunday night (August 1).

The homecoming star basked in the adoration of the local audience, which cheered every line Drake either spit or sang, from his springy breakout “Best I Ever Had” to the hardened Thank Me Later number “Up All Night.”

It was quite a showing for the upstart MC; the show doubled as the inaugural OVO Festival and the last leg of his Away From Home Tour, which he launched this past spring.

But like a respectful freshman type, Drake made sure to welcome the upperclassmen — who threatened to steal the show — to his Caribana-tinged party.

Drizzy brought the capacity crowd to its feet when he invited both Jay-Z and Eminem to the proceedings as the two legendary artists joined the So Far Gone artist for back-to-back performances to close out his show.

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Reviews: Drake – Thank Me Later Insider

Reviews are in for the most highly anticipated album of 2010. Even though the album leaked over the internet, dedicated fans rushed to the nearest best buy or music store to pick up Drake’s debut album “Thank Me Later”.

HMV Superstore where Drake was doing a Meet and Greet with the first 500 fans to purchase his album, was insanely packed. To see what I’m talking about, read THANK ME LATER FAN LOVE @DRAKKARDNOIR, also check out HMV Thank Me Later Experience.

Thank Me Later or Thank Me Not So Much

There was good with the bad when it came to how fans felt about Drake’s Thank Me Later debut, but instead of me telling you, check out what they had to say in our in-depth reviews.

  • Drake Insight | June Edition | The Official “Thank Me Later” Album Review – It’ is not uncommon for blogs to receive advance copies of an artist’s CD, as we, in turn, offer a distinct service to fans by providing them with timely, expert evaluations of the artist’s new music…
  • Thank Me Later Review, “Forget About Watching Porn” – Forget baseball, football, or watching porn, America’s true favorite pastime is placing idols on a golden, untouchable pedestal, and then tearing them down once they start to crack under the weight of our outrageous demands.
  • Drake “Thank Me Later” Review – Drake has nearly 650,000 followers on Twitter, 225,000 fans on Facebook and 31 million page views on MySpace. But for every fan the young vocalist has garnered, he’s also found a hater…
  • Pitchfork: Drake Thank Me Later Review – Drake sings or raps the word “I” 410 times on his debut album. Even in the realm of hip-hop– a style famous for its unswerving solipsism– this is a feat. For comparison’s sake, noted mirror watcher Kanye West managed to work only 220 “I”’s into the verses and hooks of his big break, The College Dropout…
  • Album review: Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later’ – For most of the last decade, major-label rappers extolled the virtues of the “good life,” a sentiment best expressed by the Champagne-sipping Kanye West single of the same name…
  • Drake Is Reinventing What It Means To Be Real Review – In hip-hop, the only way to trump the inviolable law of Keeping It Real is to establish a whole new reality.
    That’s why Drake, a Canadian actor turned surprise rap phenom, has emerged as the genre’s new leading man, steering hip-hop out of the streets and into the emotive headspace of information-age isolation…
  • Thank Me Later Fan Review – rake’s Thank Me Later i can predict is going to make alot of money. This album will bring him the respect he deserves. This album sounds like his 4th or 5th album. Sounds like he has alot of experience…
  • Thank Me Later Review, “HodgePodge Of Songs” – Few debut albums have been as eagerly anticipated as Drake’s. Critics, fans, and even artists have been patiently waiting for the debut album from “the future of hip-hop.” Unfortunately, Thank Me Later suffered the same fate that so many modern rap albums have, it leaked…
  • Drake Thank Me Later Review, “Everything Sounds The Same” – I’ve been a huge Drake fan before he was Drake, when he was just Jimmy… yes even before he was “Wheel Chair Jimmy.”…
  • Drake Thank Me Later Review, “Not Bad For A Debut” – I guess Drake is pretty big these days. I was talking about Drake on this blog AGES before he blew up. I am not bragging either – I lived in Toronto at the time and had my ear to the streets…
  • Thank Me Later Review: Drake’s Album Isn’t Perfect – I feel sorry for Drake. I really do. I mean, this kid came out a few years ago and was the toast of the Hip Hop town. Everyone loved his mixtapes, guys quoted his punches and praised his ear for beats, and females dug the singy-song thing he had going on.
  • “It’s Made Grown Men Cry” TML Review – Yep. One of the most anticipated albums of the year is out in stores right now. It’s made grown men cry, caused shows to be shut down, people have bought 20 or 30 copies of it…now it’s time for the review…
  • “How Does It Feel When Dreams Come True” TML Review – My final thoughts on the album are that Drake recorded a masterpiece, the collaborations are priceless, and the story he tells throughout the cd are to be continued many more albums to come…

Want to tell us what you think of the album? Drop us a comment.

Click here to buy Thank Me Later on iTunes.
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Thank Me Later Review, “Forget About Watching Porn”

Forget baseball, football, or watching porn, America’s true favorite pastime is placing idols on a golden, untouchable pedestal, and then tearing them down once they start to crack under the weight of our outrageous demands. We insist that our idols deliver us to heaven, and then demand blood when we still find ourselves still Earth-bound. Frankly, it’s what we do best.

There are only an extraordinarily small handful of albums that deserve an introduction like that. (Sit down Khaled, I’m talking about Tha Carter III, Graffiti and The Blueprint 3, not We the Best Vol. 97.) And now, finally, we can add Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later to that vaunted list.

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As Aubrey Drake Graham catapulted from Canadian teen television heartthrob to hip-hop superstar we piled more and more expectations onto his young shoulders. Drake’s debut album would simultaneously be a rap classic, a r&b classic and pop classic. Drake’s debut album would singlehandedly rescue an entire, fundamentally broken music industry. Drake’s debut album would cure cancer and, just because he was bored and feeling generous, herpes. If these were our expectations of the 24-year-old, and they were, then he has failed us. Let the public whipping commence. Continue reading

Thank Me Later Review: Drake’s Album Isn’t Perfect

I feel sorry for Drake. I really do. I mean, this kid came out a few years ago and was the toast of the Hip Hop town. Everyone loved his mixtapes, guys quoted his punches and praised his ear for beats, and females dug the singy-song thing he had going on. Then to top it off, he had Lil’ Wayne (only the largest artist of the last two years) in his corner.

He was in the most envious position of any new artist in history. HISTORY. But you’d know NONE of this if you were on twitter the day his album leaked. He was getting trashed left and right. I was really astounded by how few people were feeling the album. I couldn’t understand it at all. But this is nothing new. I’ve seen it happen plenty of times. Fans turn on artists quicker than they can take a shower and change their draws. The only flaw in the logic of these fans (and I use the term loosely) is “Thank Me Later” wound up being an improvement over “So Far Gone”, the mixtape that shot Drake into superstardom.

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Let’s be clear, tho. This album isn’t perfect, nor do I think it’s close to being the “classic” that a lot of people were hoping for. While “Find Your Love” is a great example of what Drake can do when he’s not rapping, “Shut It Down” and “Karaoke” are great examples of what can go wrong. Those songs are not really fun to listen. “Shut It Down” fails because it also features The Dream, a dude who ain’t exactly the best singer on the planet. So now we have two dudes who can’t really sing trying to sing a full, 7 minute R&B song. Do. Not. Want. Continue reading

Drake Thank Me Later Review, “Not Bad For A Debut”

I guess Drake is pretty big these days. I was talking about Drake on this blog AGES before he blew up. I am not bragging either – I lived in Toronto at the time and had my ear to the streets…and by streets I mean the internets. So I heard and was following this guy before So Far Gone really launched him into the “next best thing”

I probably played So Far Gone more than any album last year. I know it was just a mixtape but it still got played more than any actual retail album I heard.

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Here is my concern about Thank Me Later – I don’t care what people say – Drake can spit. Period. But will he? Will this album be introspective like his song Fear? Will he kill the raps like he did on Comeback Season? Will he reach a healthy balance between spitting fire and singing like on So Far Gone? Or is this just a complete stab at commercial success and it will be full of 14 “Best I Ever Had’s”?
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Drake Thank Me Later Review, “Everything Sounds The Same”

I’ve been a huge Drake fan before he was Drake, when he was just Jimmy… yes even before he was “Wheel Chair Jimmy.” I remember pivotal moments in my youth where I would look at Jimmy on Degrassi and think I wanted to have the same relationship that him and Ashley had, and how his mixed hair was so cute. I feel responsible for putting a lot of people onto Drake because when I heard his first mixtape Room For Improvement, I was like dang, Jimmy can flow too. Then I listened to Comeback Season, and I was like gosh he’s sick, plus he had to stamp of approval from Phonte (Little Brother one of my favorite groups), plus Elzhi from Slum Village and Dwele. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll educate you now, here’s Drake, “Think Good Thoughts,” probably my favorite Drake song of all time aside from “Come Winter” from Room For Improvement.

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Then everyone got into Drake with So Far Gone, and his affiliation with Young Money, securing love and hate which is inevitable as an artist—he even got love from some heavy weights in hip-hop: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Timberland and etc, plus Lykke Li. With that being said, his debut album Thank Me Later, is entering stores June 15th but it’s leaked already and I’m guilty of downloading it—I really will buy it just because I support his work ethic, but I will say I had much higher hopes for this album.
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Thank Me Later Review, “HodgePodge Of Songs”

Few debut albums have been as eagerly anticipated as Drake’s. Critics, fans, and even artists have been patiently waiting for the debut album from “the future of hip-hop.” Unfortunately, Thank Me Later suffered the same fate that so many modern rap albums have, it leaked. It started with a few tracks and here and there. Before you knew it, there was more than half the album available. The entire album quickly followed. Hence my ability to give a premature review of Thank Me Later.

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The album explores topics familiar to Drake: success, failure, love, change, and weed. Though a basic pool of topics to pull from, Drake constructs stories with a unique mix of singing and flowing, creating a body of work that ranges many emotions effortlessly. Drake’s debut album features a long list of celeb features. The album opens with the Alicia Keys-assisted “Fireworks.” The production is clever yet expected. Drake introduces the album with his most common theme, love and fame. The song is beautiful and airy. Word on the street is the second verse is dedicated to Rihanna. “Karaoke” revisits the theme of love, but specifically about love lost. He flexes some of his lyrical ability beautifully on this track. I wonder if this song is about the famed “Alicia.” The production of the album continues to sound more like picks for the next Sade album. A compliment, I am sure for Drake who has made it no secret he is a huge fan of Sade. The next track, “The Resistance,” features a tale of betrayal and lost love. The lead single, “Over” follows seamlessly. The tone of the album remains the same up until the next track, “Show Me a Good Time,” in which the background production reminds me of old school house music from Chicago. The theme has not altered though. Drake still explores the same story of success and the reaction of his old and new friends.
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Drake Is Reinventing What It Means To Be Real Review

In hip-hop, the only way to trump the inviolable law of Keeping It Real is to establish a whole new reality.

That’s why Drake, a Canadian actor turned surprise rap phenom, has emerged as the genre’s new leading man, steering hip-hop out of the streets and into the emotive headspace of information-age isolation. It was a frontier first explored by Kanye West with his 2008 masterstroke “808s & Heartbreak.” Now, Drake’s arresting new album, “Thank Me Later,” follows through on West’s heavy-hearted promise. With penetrating lyricism and arresting melodies, it’s a truly captivating debut – a rookie’s ticket into the 21st century pop pantheon.

Written by Chris Richards


For most fans, hip-hop has always provided a glimpse of urban reality, seemingly unfiltered. Drake explores a terrain both more rarefied and more familiar: global celebrity. He doesn’t rap about street life, thug life or even club life. He raps about emotions – the clashing panoply of feelings that come with an unquenchable thirst for fame and the untenable romances that follow.

How can a 23-year-old possess such an aversion to stardom before his first album even hits shelves? Because he’s already a star. Before dropping his first mixtape in 2006, Aubrey Drake Graham made his name on television, playing teen athlete Jimmy Brooks on the corny Canadian drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” The heartthrob eventually earned his bona fides in the rap world under the wing of Lil Wayne – and proved himself an apt pupil with a spate of mixtape cuts (“Best I Ever Had,” “Successful,” “Forever”) that began to coat American airwaves and bandwidth last summer.
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Album review: Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later’

Overall Rating: 6.25

For most of the last decade, major-label rappers extolled the virtues of the “good life,” a sentiment best expressed by the Champagne-sipping Kanye West single of the same name. The vanguards of the next generation seem determined to convey the exact opposite: the perils of being young, gifted and miserable. This is the conflict at the core of 23-year-old Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later” — how to reconcile fame and fortune with the aggravations of living in the public eye.
Written by Jeff Weiss


Like his peer Kid Cudi, the Toronto rapper-singer born Aubrey Graham uses West as his central aural and emotive influence (West produces the tracks “Show Me a Good Time” and “Find Your Love”). Ignoring West’s celebratory side, Drake continues where “808s & Heartbreak” left off, in search of anthems for the easily alienated.
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