I am writing this article in response to Anna Wells’ review of Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same”. I respectfully disagree with Ms. Wells’ review. In the article from Tuesday’s paper she states that Drake’s album brings “nothing new” when in actuality Drake’s third album is pioneering the hip hop industry as we know it. Rolling Stone gave the album four out of five stars and praises the album by saying “There’s never been a hip-hop star quite like him – his taste in beats runs to gloomy synths rather than dusty samples, and passive-aggressively burning his exes (or himself) is his favorite way of bragging.” The New York Times goes on to add “On ‘Nothing Was the Same’ Drake broods like before, sure, but also puffs his chest in equal measure.” These two quotes alone are enough to negate Ms. Wells’ thoughts that “Drake has the emotions of a 15-year-old girl.” Or “ . . .when Drake retires from rapping we might be able to piece together 12 or 15 songs that actually showcase his talent as rapper.” This album shows the versatility of Drake as he delivers a few tracks that are upbeat like “Started From the Bottom”, “Worst Behavior”, “The Language”, and “Pound Cake” (which could definitely be heard on the party scene), a feel-good anthem with a Michael Jackson-Quincy Jones sound in “Hold on We’re Going Home” which showcases Drake’s semi-singing ability, and other tracks with the Drake we all are most familiar with and can relate to (The one that makes you want to call your ex at 3 a.m.). As you listen to the more somber tracks, the lyrics and the story that Drake creates is what sets “Nothing Was The Same” apart. When reviewing music, you should take in account the lyrics, the flow of the songs from one to the next, and so on and so forth, not just beats and what you want to hear. I strongly recommend that you purchase the album; it is definitely worth the wait from “Take Care”, as well as your time.
Freshman political science major.