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.