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Drake Raises The Bar... Again
on 23 September 2013
'Nothing Was the Same' is the third studio album from the fashionable Canadian rap artist Drake.
As you can see from the personal artwork of this record (an oil paiting by Kadir Nelson) Drake's sentiments are to focus not on the "money,..." (and the other stuff) and instead talk about the younger Aubrey Drake Graham 'in the basement'.
From the unconditional love on 'From Time' to the Michael Jackson-Quincy Jones synth soaked 'Hold on We're Going Home', Drake has delivered an album that resonates on a sincere and personal level but maintains the uber-chic and in-vogue sounds that have made him such a cool artist to listen to and like.
Take Care was an insanely tough act to follow and I had expected the album to be a little more upbeat after all the hype; as an electronic music fan the collaboration with Hudson Mohawke in 'Connect' was no where near as good as I had hoped for. But where this album may fall short in big sounds it makes up for in honesty and transparency.
'Nothing Was the Same' is a natural progression from 'Take Care'. The musical standard is as high but the personal progression is apparent in his lyrics - a man that in the fame and success has taken the opportunity to be proud of his security but not need the love and money that he was yearning for previously. In a year of cringe worthy sellouts Drake has stepped up and delivered. Take a bow.
Listen to: 'Worst Behaviour', 'From Time', 'Hold On, We're Going Home'