By Keir Bristol
Drake, also known as “Jimmy” to those who were watching the Canadian drama Degrassi a few years ago, is the biggest rapper in the game right now. He’s been releasing free mixtapes for years, and by the time his third mixtape “So Far Gone” came out, he became the best rapper who hadn’t dropped an ACTUAL album yet. Today, Drake dropped “Thank Me Later,” an actual album (which actually leaked about two weeks ago.)
If you still aren’t aware of who Drake is, he is the rapper behind current radio bangers “Over,” and the Kanye West-produced “Find Your Love”. Hopefully “Miss Me (featuring Lil Wayne),” and “Shut It Down (featuring The-Dream)” will be upon his next singles from the album. But until then, we have plenty of other tracks to choose from, featuring artists like the aforementioned Lil Wayne and The-Dream, as well as Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, T.I., Swizz Beats and Young Jeezy.
To make a long story short, the album is great. Which is good, because when you keep your fans waiting so long for an album, they expect greatness. The only problem with the album is that it is what is to be expected of Drake, instead of Drake taking it to the next level.
I, personally, would love to see Drake rap about politics or religion. Something more meaningful than his various relationships with groupies, his haters and how much money he makes as Lil Wayne’s protégée. In other words, Drake has a nice enough flow to put some more consciousness and intelligence in his music. Maybe the next album will be slightly more enlightening.
Photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thank_Me_Later.