This week saw the release of the much anticipated third Drake album...Unfortunately, anticipating and delivering are two different things. This album is living (or dying) proof. After giving us two gems for his freshman and sophomore releases...Drake went to the well...no scratch that...septic tank and dropped a turd this time around. I don't think he needs to waste any time prepping a Grammy acceptance speech for this effort.
From top to bottom the album just feels "cheap" and repetitive. Like Drake is just rehashing the same old material we have heard numerous times before. The beats sound very generic with little effort in the bridges and hooks. Drake's raps are so erratic without much substance. At times I felt like even he didn't know what he was talking about. The Toronto rapper stayed on the same 3 subjects throughout the record without deviating much (his wealth, his crew, his b**ches). Drake also came off as probably the only rapper that can whine ad nausea about such topics (I think he is suppose to like those things). Drake himself seemed disinterested throughout the album in what he rapped/sang about so I wondered why I should care as the listener.
I am not going to break down this album track by track (I can't stomach to), but I will give my best and worst songs. My best......wait for it.....I liked one song only, called "Hold on we're going home." This is a straight-singing song with an old school feel and a catchy drum beat (reminiscent of "I better find your love" from the first album). The worst songs are numerous so I will just name the one that was the most annoying. The first single "Started from the bottom" takes the cake. The song is just so uncreative with the same simple chorus over and over and it just feels obnoxious. We get it you made it and now you let your posse sponge off you, geez.
In closing, there is another song called "305 to my city" on which Drake constantly states "I get it, I get it." Well I think any one who listens to this will get that the latest Drake album does not live up to its predecessors. The lack of his trademark smooth, yet complex flows and collaborations just make this feel like a rushed effort or lack there of. The beats and rhymes are just so disorganized and unimaginative that it feels like some sort of joke. as much as I like Drake as an artist I have to call it straight and give this one 2 out of 10 mics. One mic is to shout "DONT BUY THIS CRAPPY ALBUM" and the other to beat myself repeatedly in the head for ever listening to this poop.