Thank Me Later is Canadian rapper Drake’s debut studio album, slated to be released on June 15, 2010 on Young Money Entertainment under a joint venture with Cash Money and distributed by Universal Motown.
- 1. Fireworks, feat. Alicia Keys (prod. Crada & 40)
Fireworks reminds me of the feeling you get when you step out on your own, or try something new for the first time. It arouses emotions in your heart similar to when you fall in love, or brings out the kind of smile that lights up your face, when you realize that the dream of which you once spoke has become the reality that you are living. Alicia Keys’s voice adds the perfect touch. I have this song on constant repeat.
- 2. Karaoke
I love Drake’s voice in this song, It’s the type of song you play late at night, riding around with your friends with the windows down. I’m talking about bright lights, having drinks with good friends. You worked hard all week, and tonight is your night to just let go. So what if you have bills to pay? Tonight the focus is on having a great time and just letting everything else go.
- 3. The Resistance (prod. 40)
In this particular song, Drake shares a little about his childhood. The song is simple, not overdone. At first listen, this was not my favorite track of the album, but after listening to it more, it certainly has become the most appreciated.
- 4. Over (prod. Boi-1da & Al-Khaaliq)
I loved this song from the moment I heard it. Another of the tracks I keep on constant repeat, this song is exactly the kind of music everyone expects of him. But the thing that makes “Over” stand out is that Drake actually lets himself slip into the music, giving his creativity free rein.
- 5. Show Me A Good Time
The beat in this song is so sick. It almost seems as though it could have been the ending theme song of a movie, like “Poetic Justice”, or “Brown Sugar.”. The chorus rounds out this song perfectly. “Show Me A Good Time” just might contain Drake’s most creative set of rhymes yet, and his flow takes all different directions.
- 6. Up All Night, feat. Nicki Minaj
I’ve always felt super iffy about Nicki Minaj, but I must say that she has made me a fan of this particular song. Her flow is nice, and the two artists create a storm wave of images and sounds together that is quite reminiscent of Foxy Brown & Jay Z’s “Ain’t No Nigga” from Jay-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt.
- 7. Fancy, feat. T.I . & Swizz Beatz (prod. Swizz Beatz)
Despite all of the drama surrounding his divorce from Mashonda, I must say that Kasseem Dean, a.k.a Swizz Beatz, never disappoints when it comes to music. The beat king could make a nursery rhyme sound good. You’ll have to forgive me for nodding my head to the beat rather than paying much attention to Drake’s words. The two flowed so smoothly together.
- 8. Shut It Down, feat. The-Dream) (prod. Omen & 40)
I have to be honest here. It seems like anything to which the name The Dream is attached sounds the same. I feel the same about this track. I was not at all impressed, but maybe it’s because I’m male. Perhaps a female would appreciate the song more. Still, I get more satisfaction out of eating a bowl of my favorite cereal than I do from listening to this song. Definitely not a fave.
- 9. Unforgettable, feat. Young Jeezy (prod. Boi-1da & 40)
The sweet sounds of Aaliyah at the beginning were very unexpected. cause Since I am a true, die-hard Aaliyah fan, anything to which her lovely voice is attached is automatically set to repeat. Jeezy adds just the right touch and acts as the third piece of a puzzle that fits together perfectly.
- 10. Light Up, feat. Jay-Z (prod. Tone Mason & 40)
This is my favorite song on the entire album. I have nothing more to say about it; you just have to hear it yourself. I mean, Drake & Jay-Z are better than a summer BBQ. It’s a perfect combination that goes so well together. Worth the listen…trust me.
- 11. Miss Me, feat. Lil Wayne (prod. Boi-1da w/ 40)
I feel like the album would have been so much better without this particular track, which seems out of place to me, almost as though it were, dare I say it, a space filler.
- 12. Cece’s Interlude: Not much to say about this one. It’s an interlude, simple, but fitting.
- 13. Find Your Love (prod. Kanye West & Jeff Bhasker)
Kanye may at times seem somewhat erratic, oftentimes even selfish and uncaring, but anything he produces is pure magic. In my opinion, this song has great cross-over appeal.
- 14. Thank Me Now (prod. Timbaland)
This song acts as a perfect ending to the album. It sums up, all of the issues he addresses in his other songs and calls forth all of these great memories, such as when I got my first car, my first girlfriend, graduating from high school, all of the things that make life…well life, that make each day worth living.
MY FAVES: “Show Me A Good Time,”, “Over,”, “Light Up,”’, “Up All Night,”, “Thank Me Now,”, “Unforgettable,” and “Fancy”
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