The term “Future Legend” gets tossed around like child support money at an NBA players Association dice game, but this new Drake project might re-appropriate the term. Being from Toronto, I was used to a more genuine “Drizzy” speaking on everything from heartbreak, staying true to his truth, and perpetually perfecting his craft. Would never have thought that shortly after his deal, he would be the type to be fabricating street cred, manufacturing law office jingle type hooks, generating Facebook status raps, and saturating the industry with even more bottle service & prom limo tunes.
Personally I think YOLO is a mantra for teen moms and anyone that uses it in their everyday vocabulary doesn’t deserve air or happiness and should be quarantined. I was hoping Drakes “NWTS” would make me want to erase every word you just read…instead it just made me want to bold / italicize it and write this entire article in comic sans (the asshole of fonts).
I’m not going to hate and say this album should come with slippers and bath oil, but Never Was The Same was alright at best,a couple witty punches here and there, but in its entirety it’s room temperature rap, that relates better to teenagers in the midst of a break up over social media. The album is decent, but do we expect more? Absolutely. He has the bravado of a legend so obviously it’s going to come with expectations. If you’re looking for an instant classic, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a “good”, tolerable, entertaining listen with catchy tunes, then get familiar with this. “Fuck you bitch, I’m more than high/ My momma probably hear that and be mortified/ This ain’t the son you raised who used to take the Acura/ 5 a.m. to go and shoot Degrassi up on Morningside/ For all the stunting, I’ll forever be immortalized” (Worst Behaviour) Perhaps the realest line out of the album.
Jhene Aiko and Drake showed “Best of Both Worlds” in the industry and should tag up for a full project together because “From Time” is a sultry track to swerve or sip to. “I needed to hear that shit, I hate when you’re submissive/ Passive aggressive when we’re textin’, I feel the distance/ I look around the peers that surround me, these niggas trippin’/ I like when money makes a difference but don’t make you different/ Started realizin’ a couple places I could take it/ I want to get back to when I was that kid in the basement”
Drake goes heavy into the material possession and elite brag rap on a hypnotic instrumental produced by Boi – 1da in The Language “I don’t know why they been lying but your shit is not that inspiring/ Bank account statements just look like I’m ready for early retirement/ Fuck any nigga that’s talkin’ that shit just to get a reaction/ Fuck going platinum, I looked at my wrist and it’s already platinum”
Many readers will write this off as hate, but I respect Drake’s skills very much, it’s undeniable, (evident when he absolutely SNAPPED on the end of “All Me”) I would be lying if I said I haven’t had a line from one of his tracks on my social media, but I guess when you set a bar high, and act like it’s nothing to regain, all you leave is semi-satisfied fans and wolves in your wake.
#NotAHater #Plateau #EverythingWasTheSame #SameShitDifferentAss