Artist : DRAKE
Genre : POP / R AND B / Hip Hop
Date Released: 2015
Drake did a Beyonce in this album, it means he surprised fans with instant release of this album among digital retailers. The question is if this surprise release is of good quality just like what Beyonce offered last year. This R and B and Hip Hop artist is quite successful with every album release so far as his previous output all reached number 1 over at Billboard 200 Album charts.
The album started out quite slow with the song “Legend” which is quite an ego boosting song. The succeeding song “Energy” had him rapping the tired old “nigger thing” being looked down and him trying to rise above the surface. Even the musical background is something “Bone Thugs and Harmony” have over exploited. About the “Madonna” song, surprisingly the song is not what you expected, for a hip hop rap song, this one is quite dizzy and trippy. In the song “God,” it is quite amusing that he brags and lectures at the same time. The song “6 PM in New York” is a reflective song about what to do after fame sets in and you find yourself insecure if you can maintain the fame for longer period of time.
“Jungle” is a song that is a good serenade song just like what the movie Say Anything with Peter Gabriel song “In Your Eyes.” “You and The 6” is an endearing song about him paying tribute to his mother and being grateful. The lyrics are in this song are straightforward even if he showed some disgust with mother arranging his future marital situation. “Company” is quite personal and conversational in terms of delivering what he truly feels about the people that he is with. “Now and Forever” is of course a separation song but not on girlfriend thing. If you are serious with deciphering the lyrics, you can assume that this is about professional relationship.
This album had him talking about so many things. Drake had no intention of making a serious album. In fact, what you can assume with this record is like venting his frustration about some things in his life. While listening to this record, you feel like lending him an ear and let him rant and rap until he gets tired and after that you get a hug for being such a good listener. Indeed, this is quite a personal album. If only for this intent, I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it