Whether you know him as “Wheelchair Jimmy” or “Drizzy Drake,” this Toronto born rapper has certainly made a name for himself around the world. Though he first came to fame as Jimmy Brooks on the popular Canadian show “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” he quickly changed his image once he signed onto Lil Wayne’s record label, Young Money Entertainment.
Drake’s career took off after putting out his first EP titled “So Far Gone” in 2009. Since then he has released two albums, “Thank Me Later” and “Take Care,”both receiving rave reviews. His third studio album, “Nothing Was The Same,” was set to release on Sept. 24 but was leaked early on Sept. 16. Though this may have been bad news for Drake, it was good news for us music lovers as this album certainly does not disappoint.
The album features 15 songs, ranging from slow and melodic to fast and catchy, including his hit singles “Started From The Bottom,” “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and “All Me.” There are many collaborations on the album featuring big name artists like Jay-Z and 2 Chainz. Though Drake was initially known as a soft-hearted rapper, he certainly proved himself a formidable player in the rap game with his hard hitting track “The Language.” This track is quick and upbeat with clever rhymes and a catchy chorus that discusses his career as a rapper. However, at heart, Drake is a hopeless romantic and he fully showcases this in his songs “Furthest Thing” and “From Time.” Both songs are low tempo beats discussing various stages of relationships, however “From Time” sets itself apart from other songs by featuring singer Jhene Aiko, as her light voice sings chilling hooks on the track. Also, Drake pairs with rap legend Jay-Z on the longest song on the album, “Pound Cake”. The combination of both these rappers on one song makes this an instant classic, as the raps are quick and the rhythm is easy to vibe to.
In any album, some songs are better than others, but I can personally say that I thoroughly enjoy every song on this album. Drake has certainly outdone himself; his rapping and singing combined with his smart and thoughtful lyrics makes this an addictive addition to your music collection.