Its been close to two years since Drakes last album, Take Care. Nothing Was The Same follows the same path. Drizzy is out to up the ante this time around. Right out the gate, Whitney Houston's classic "I Have Nothing" gets flipped and reversed on "Tuscan Leather" as Drake drops three dope verses. The six minute intro has him detailing the fallout he had with Nicki (Not even talkin' to Nicki, communication is breakin' I dropped the ball on some personal s***, I need to embrace it) and these hot for the moment rappers (I'm tired of hearin' 'bout who you checkin' for now Just give it time, we'll see who's still around a decade from now). Then he uses that "versace" flow on "The Language", and even though Birdman tried to deny it, Drake is obviously responding to Kendrick Lamars "Control" verse. Check out some quotes from the song (F*** any n**** that's talkin' that s*** just to get a reaction), ( I got to kill off the weak s*** that's got all you n***** excited) and (Talking that s*** with your back to me, just know it always get back to me). If yall think otherwise, please let me know. But I can read between the lines.
Drake slows the tempo down on the piano laced "From Time". Jhené Aikos hook complements the beat very well. In the second verse, he admits to messing things up with his girl (Girl I felt like we had it all planned out, I guess I f***** up the vision Learnin' the true consequences of my selfish decisions). "Wu-Tang Forever", which should of been called "It's Yourz" transitions into "Own It". Supposedly a remix with the WU will be coming out soon. Certain members confirmed it. The poppish "Hold On, We're Going Home" featuring Majid Jordan is a good second single. More highlights from NWTS are "Furthest Thing", "Too Much" featuring Sampha and Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2 featuring Jay-Z, where Drake admitted he threw a swipe at Jay on there when he said "I'm the big homie, they still be tryna lil bro me". Aint nothing wrong with a little friendly competition right? NWTS isn't perfect though and Am I only the one who thought "Wu-Tang Forever", "Own It", & "Connect" were kinda weak?
The constant beat changes got a little annoying. And "Worst Behavior" was terrible. Another thing I wanted to mention is that Drake is a way better rapper than a singer. His singing is good enough just to get by on, but its nowhere near great as some may say. He should focus less on the haters, come on now, how many times can you address the haters? Seriously. Everybody is not gonna be a fan of your music, just accept it fam. Whining about it all the time isnt gonna change it. But all in all, NWTS was a grower, I wasn't really feeling it on first listen, but like I said it grew on me. And with production from Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Jake One, Chilly Gonzales, Nineteen85 and many others, Drake continues to make himself a household name.