Drake delivers nothing new

Anna Wells

Drake’s new album “Nothing Was the Same” dropped today and with it brings so many questions about the artist and his style.  Far before this album was set to be released, Drake came out with two songs, “Started From the Bottom” and “5 a.m. in Toronto.” If you were expecting those types of sounds from Drake’s third studio album, I have some bad news for you.

While most of the tracks off of the Canadian’s sophomore album “Take Care” could be blasted at a party and sung aloud, “Nothing Was the Same” features tracks that should be listened to in a quiet, dark room, probably alone.

Drake has his heart on his sleeve in this album, featuring songs of lost love, strained relationships and the price of fame.  While some critics have pegged this album as a brave endeavor, the average listener might just call it boring or repetitive.

Some reviewers criticized the amount of singing in “Take Care,” and those critics would not be pleased, as there are more R&B tracks on this album than on his previous effort.

And the sad part is, Drake just can’t sing.  In his song “All Me” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean, Drake croons “Came up, that’s all me / Stay true, that’s all me” and as his voice continues to go up in pitch, he can never quite hit that last note when he exclaims “All me for real.”  While this is just one example of Drake’s lack of vocal range, just listen to “Own It” or “305 To My City,” and you will understand why Drake needs to stick to rapping.

In addition, Drake’s lyrics seem to be contradictive from song to song.  It’s hard to believe the guy that once said “Next time we talk / I don’t wanna talk  / I wanna trust” was the same guy that stole the show on Migos’s single “Versace” and rapped, “I’m tryna give Halle Berry a baby and no one can stop me.” While one might argue that Drake’s variety might reflect the changes of life, his bipolar lyrics could also just show that Drake has the emotions of a 15-year-old girl.

Drake returns to his roots a bit, however, with the aforementioned “Started from the Bottom” and “Pound Cake.” It is too little, too late. Maybe when Drake retires from rapping we might be able to piece together 12 or 15 songs that actually showcase his talent as a rapper.