Album Review: Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same” (track-by-track)
YO. What’s shaking everybody. You’re now rocking with the big homie KB. Alright we’re gonna jump right into this one, so without further ado, Drake’s latest LP, “Nothing Was The Same”.
Aight. I admit it: I’m a VERY big Drake fan. Ever since I first heard Comeback Season in 7th grade (2007), I knew Drake would end up being something big. Then he messed around and made one of the best projects in our generation to date, So Far Gone. With SFG, Drake made the huge leap from a conventional rapper to….well…..Drake. With songs like Lust For Life, A Night Off, Little Bit and Houstalantavegas, Drake made a statement as a possible R&B powerhouse, yet still maintaining his placement in the industry as a damn good rapper. His next move, which may have been his biggest ever, was joining with Weezy and the YMCMB camp. After this, there wasn’t a place that you didn’t see Drake. From status-quo features to complex choruses, Drake’s name was out there so much that he soon gained the nickname “Captain Hook”. During this time, he recorded some of my all-time favorite songs (9AM in Dallas, Paris Morton Music, Fear, & Zone). Around the time of his debut LP, Thank Me Later, Drake slowly moved into a reputation of being “Captain Save-A-Hoe”, even though most didn’t care anyways (I know I didn’t). Then he made Take Care, which, in my opinion, is his best album to date. Take Care was just…..damn. Not only was it critically acclaimed, but it also poured the cement on his name in the “best in the game” list. Now we have arrived to 2013.
Most will view this album as “ehhh” or “not that good”. Personally, I feel that this is because of Drake’s lack of “Save-A-Hoe” joints on this LP. Take Care might as well had been recorded in a strip club, whereas NWTS’ recording location was obviously elsewhere. Well, let me just explain it the right way.
1.) Tuscan Leather- We find Drake greeting us since we haven’t seen him since 2011. In the 1st part of the song, we hear Drake updating (bragging) about his latest accomplishments since we last saw him. Then the song morphs into the introspective, deep-thinking, always grinding Drizzy. “I’m tired of hearing bout who you checking for now/just give it time, we’ll see who’s still around a decade from now.” Then we are forced into yet another song transition (c’mon B) where we find the Drake that we’ve been looking for: talking about women….talking to some chick in the club and finishing meals with Tatyana Ali. “Real nigga wassup.”
2.) Furthest Thing- Aight. Blah blah blah about the first part. It’s cool or whatever. But,
AM I THE ONLY PERSON THAT ALMOST SCREAMED FROM ABOUT 2:47 TO 4:27? LIKE DRAKE WTF ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO YOUR FANS? Major shoutout to the homie Jake One for this bible verse of a beat cause this shit………like wtf just happened? It started off with a obvious circa-1980’s gospel piano and then all of a sudden, I have a heartattack. Idk but this shit gets played at least twice a day. This shit…….man wow.
3.) Started From The Bottom- Ehh. Its aight. Mainstream joint.
4.) Wu-Tang Forever- If “Wu what? Hol up B, I know this nigga ain’t just name a song after the GODS.” was your initial response to the name of this joint prior to even hearing it, either you were born before 1990 or you’re like me and just love real hip-hop. At first, before i even hit play, i had mixed feelings. In my first listen, I concluded that Drake lost his fucking mind and dove off the deep end by naming this shit Wu-Tang Forever. After a few more listens, I chose to overlook the singing and began to hear a faint “ITS YOURZ” in the background. Then came the “Machine gun raps for all my niggas in the back/Stadium packed...” and then I was like “Whoaaa……that’s the Chef’s opening line on It’s Yourz…….damn” (I’m a Wu-Tang stan so of course I picked up on it immediately). Now I love the song. #NeverJudgeABookByItsCover
5.) Own It- DAMMIT DRAKE you cannot come off of such a nasty sample and then hop right into a chick!!! This the same shit he did with Ig’nant Shit & A Night Off on So Far Gone. This is basically what I call a SNS or “Social Network Song”, which is when an entire song has lyrics that can most likely be found on a wannabe cool 17 year old boy’s Twitter, or could be the caption of some insecure-yet-self-centered teenage girl’s Instagram pic. Its cool tho. Not too many complaints.
6.) Worst Behavior- This is pretty aight. Apparently muhhfuckas never loved him tho.
7.) From Time ft. Jhene Aiko- This that throwback Drizzy. This might just be a leftover from So Far Gone or Thank Me Later. Perfect. & s/o to my baby Jhene. Love you boo & see you when I get home.
8.) Hold On, We’re Going Home ft. Majid Jordan- Told you Jhene. Anyways, I love this shit. Sounds like it could’ve replaced “Don’t Stop Believing” at the end of The Breakfast Club. This is the shit I know Drake is capable of….that mid-80’s Miami Vice pop feel….crazy. & the homie Majid Jordan doesn’t disappoint, either.
9.) Connect- Swangin’. Swangin’. Swangin’. This joint is pretty nice….can possibly be a candidate for a SNS, yet a good SNS. This shit swangin’.
10.) The Language- Potential radio hit. Brag rap. I thought Mike Will Made It, but i was mistaken. It was Boi-1da. I usually skip. BUT NIGGA. S/O TO STUNNA ON THE END. DID YOU HEAR THOSE BARS? THAT SHIT WAS CRAZY!!! “Show time, headlines….big time/Sunshine, tote nines….bust mines/Flat line, hard grind…..high life/Stay fly, its jet time…..stunt nigga/Everytime you see a nigga…….stunt nigga.” NIGGA WHAT!!!!! #StuntNigga
11.) 305 To My City ft. Detail- Now Introducing: the annoying ass nigga from No Worries, Detail ladies and gentleman! But no, I get it I get it……the song ain’t all that….not sorry either. Just Drake crooning to some chick. *sarcastically drops confetti*
12.) Too Much- “…and if you look to your right, we are arriving at an amazing point in this tour.” This shit is r-r-r-raw. Produced by the big homie SBTRKT, this is a direct sample from Sampha’s song of the same name (you may have never listened to Sampha or SBTRKT, but yet you have: *cues Drake’s Wildfire remix*. Drake pulled that beat straight from a SBTRKT-produced Sampha song, once again, of the same name.) But man, this shit is nice. The hook: nice. The flow: nice. The lyrics: nice. Nice one Drizz.
13.) Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 ft. Jay-Z- Here we come to the last track on the regular version. Starts off with Jimmy Smith’s “Jimmy Smith Rap” speech, then moves into the “Pound Cake” portion of the song. Aight. Drake was coo. On to Hov. I’m not quite sure whats going on with “The God MC”, but his rhymes have been on the lower end of the totem pole for about the last….idk….9 years? “Cake…cake cake cake cake cake….cake.” Nah G. Then, through bragging, speaks on how everything (or everyone) he touches turns to gold. “I done made more millionaires than the lotto does. Dame made millions, Biggs made millions…Ye made millions, Just made millions….Lyor made millions, Cam made millions….Beans would tell you if he wasn’t in his feelings“. Fuck that. Lets recap a few things here….
- Dame Dash discovered a STRUGGLING Jay-Z.
- Biggs (Kareem Burks) started “ROC Apparel Group” in ’95. Roc-A-Fella wasn’t formed until ’96.
- Just (Blaze) is a intellect on its on. The man got discovered by hacking fucking BEEPERS and giving em ringtones B. This nigga was making REVERB and DELAY for beeper ringtones. This nigga went to RUTGERS for Computer Science B. BEEPER RINGTONES MY NIGGA.
- Lyor (Cohen) is one of the biggest music execs. ever….signing people like Slick Rick, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, ERIC B. & FUCKING RAKIM, A FUCKING TRIBE CALLED QUEST, EPMD, DE LA FUCKING SOUL just to name a few. Lyor been in a crazy tax bracket B.
- Cam(‘ron) is FUCKING CAM’RON. THIS THE SAME NIGGA THAT MA$E INTRODUCED TO BIGGIE AND BIGGIE LOVED THIS MAN. AND THATS A FACT. BIGGIE MY NIGGA. THIS NIGGA WAS SKILLED ENOUGH TO RAP WITH BIG L. FOH.
- Beans (Beanie Sigel) called Hov a snake and left and went with Dame & Biggs on the Dame Dash Music Group label. So Hov stating that he’s “in his feelings” is slllllick foul, but hey. Whatever’s whatever.
- Finally, THIS NIGGA HAD THE AUDACITY TO SAY KANYE WEST’S NAME. NIGGA WHAT? SO WHAT YOU SAYING IS YE’ ACTUALLY “NEEDED” YOU TO MAKE HIM A MILLIONAIRE. WE TALKING BOUT THE SAME KANYE RIGHT? THE MUSICAL GENIUS KANYE RIGHT? DO NOT GET ME STARTED G. NIGGA: IF IT WASN’T FOR YE AND JUST BLAZE, YOUR “BLUEPRINT” ALBUMS WOULD NOT EXIST. YOU DIDN’T MAKE THEM NIGGA, THEY (basically) HELPED MAKE YOU.
*wipes sweat and smooths out clothes* Now…..Paris Morton Music 2 was a pretty solid ending to an album.
P.S: The deluxe joints were coo. Come Thru is too nice. All Me is just All Me.
I award NWTS a 3.8 (4) out of 5, which rounds up to TLM’s “GAA (Great Ass Album)” rating.
And that’s the truth, Ruth.