Alright, I’m Convinced: Drake Makes A Great Record
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 23:09
Let’s set this straight: pertaining to entertainment right now, for the most part, you’re either skipping class playing the hell out of “GTA V,” or listening to Drake’s leaked album “Nothing Was the Same.”
But today, I’ve chosen to discuss the latter. I’m sure the whole world knows now, but for the sake of this issue and for people who for some reason haven’t turned on a computer or stepped out their house since Sunday night, here’s the special announcement:
The album is out. And millions of people are passing around the download links like a blazing hot two for one deal. It has been pretty real lately.
As Eric Diep, author of XXL Magazine puts it, “Not even Drake is safe from an album leak.”
With that said, let’s shift gears. So, I consider myself a, “traditional hip-hop head.”
I will often listen to OutKast, MF DOOM or the late great J Dilla. And Prince. Can’t forget Prince. Anyway, Drake has always been the artist knocking on the door of my iTunes Library, but I haven’t found a legit reason to let him join the party. I’ve often said, “He’s a talented artist, but just not my sound.”
However, that all changed Sunday night when I received a text message from Charisse Weir, a senior at SCSU and close friend of mine, saying:
“Yo! The album leaked…”
After going on a cyber-scavenger hunt, I found the record and played it several times.
Hours passed, and after playing the album thoroughly, I personally had to loose myself of my restricting, “traditional hip-hop head” mentality and utter these words:
“Wheelchair Jimmy, this is a great album.”
Yes, “October’s Very Own” delivered a great record. As assumed, this isn’t a straight rap album. To put it in perspective, think of this record as Drake blending the best bits of “So Far Gone,” with his new matured sound and lyrical approach. The subject matter hasn’t changed much, but there’s a consistent balance of substance, insight to detail and newly formatted production this time around. For those “he doesn’t rap enough or isn’t lyrical” heads, this is his most lyrically poised effort yet.
For some, “It’s going to be a slow burn,” according to Foster Kamer, a Senior Editor at Complex states.
Drake has yet to gain approval from certain listeners in hip-hop. To hip-hop purists and social media, Drake is the Keith Sweat of Simp Rap with an Al B. Sure complex. As Keith puts, it’s in his trademark song, “NOBODY” in that group wants to rock with him. But for that group and everybody else, and as a “traditional hip-hop head” myself, I say this:
Forget it not being a true-to-form hip-hop record; this is one of the best albums of the year so far, and the best Drake album in his discography. Listen with an open mind.