by April C. Davila
For all those Drake lovers out there, expect his new album Take Care to hit stores on Mon, Oct. 24. The rap world and Drake fanatics are raving about his upcoming sophomore album. It has been over a year since his last album Thank Me Later.
Responding to the rap community
This new album is a rebuttal concerning the hip-hop world’s doubts on his style of rapping. “I might be too strung out on compliments/overdosed on confidence/Started not to give a F— and stop fearing the consequences” are the newest lyrics that have hip-hop artists wanting to collaborate with Drake. Take Care leaves the listeners feeling that Drake’s fast rise to fame and publicity make the album worth the listen for the real meaning behind his sudden change of style.
Pre-release stimulates buzz
Fans everywhere had the opportunity to listen to the hit first single “Headlines” from his very own website three weeks before he confirmed Take Care’s release date. “Headlines” leaves listeners with a better understanding of the Canadian biracial singer’s experiences in the past year. According to MTV.com, he describes a story where he was pulled out of his vehicle at gunpoint and that he was “misunderstood as a Jewish black rapper.” This album gives a new view of Drake since his last leading single “Best I ever had” played on airwaves over a year ago.
The album features hit artists like Rick Ross and Wacka Flocka. Drake raps alongside Rick Ross, better known for his song, “Hustling” and rapper Wacka Flocka, whose mediocre hits repeat terms that degrade women and flaunt jewelry and money. In fact, the popularity of this album grew before it hit shelves because artists from dubstep, trance and house music genres remixed some of Drake’s songs. Drake is “Flattered that people want to remix my music,” he says on Billboard.com.
Drake does not sing much; instead he focuses on spitting out rhyme after rhyme. At times his rapping is inept. He misses the chance to flow in “Marvin’s Room” and instead you are focused on the sadness of his voice. It strikes the listener that his rapping is stilted, focused on referring to women as “Bi—“, using a juvenile rap sound to fit the drunk mood.
“Drizzy,” Drake’s other single that was leaked out on YouTube, “Money Can Buy,” sounds like every other rapper before him. Instead of confronting those that disliked him for singing about love, he followed the crowd of rappers in which he spits out lyrics that deny the chance for change in the rap world. With lyrics like “Got car money/ fresh start money/ I want Saudi money/I want art money,” the greatest R&B singer since Usher just turned mediocre.
The anticipation of Drake’s album, Take Care, has many wondering where the old R&B singer has gone. “There is no old Drake. There is no new Drake. There is just a guy who makes amazing music,” Drake confirms to Billboard Magazine.