Canadian rap genius, Drake has graced us with yet another album of gold. Nothing Was The Same, which was released on September 24 after a year of production on it has already hit the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Started from the Bottom, which was the album’s first single was one filled with a lot of controversy as critics believed that Drake was not representing his true life story seeing as he did not start from the bottom and had a rather fancy life. Other singles, Hold On We’re Going Home, All Me and Pound Cake have received positive feedback as with the entire album from Drake’s fan base and world renown review sites
The album, which is the artist’s third studio offering is one which he together with Birdman and Noah “40” Shebib (co-producer of Drake’s other two studio albums, as well as artists such as Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx) produced. It is clear Shebib and Drake work well together and that has proven to be successful.
The likes of legendary Jay-Z, Big Sean, 2Chainz, Jhene Aiko and Sampha can be heard making appearances on the album. Jay-Z collaborates on the hit single Pound Cake where an introduction to the song is made and carries the lyrics “ Only real music is gonna last/ All the other bullshit is here today and gone tomorrow, ” which clearly refers to Drake’s music.
Besides the singles that standout, Own It, Tuscan Leather and Worst Behaviour are other tracks which I found to be works of art.
Drake says he drew a lot of inspiration and influence from Marvin Gaye’s 1978 double album, Here My Dear which was a mixture of soul, funk, jazz and disco music.
Compared to his previous work on albums Thank Me Later and Take Care, Drake in an interview with Ryan Seacrest stated that this album shows his content with life and encompasses his move from writing about love and not being able to find it, to just being content with the way things are spiralling out.
All in all my take on the album is that it is a manifestation of how Drake has grown in the industry, and how he has grown to find himself. If you have been a fan from the beginning and are familiar with his sound, there is no way that you will not appreciate it.