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  • Audio CD (June 15 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Clean
  • Label: Cash Money - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B003L194Y8
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Shain on April 5 2011
Format: Audio CD
Drake or Drizzee Rogers, whatever your preference is far from mundane and although this is his first official release he is not a new artist. I mean there's Comeback Season, Room For Improvement, So Far Gone and this.

Would it have been better if some of his other tracks where on this like Best I Ever Had or of course Forever? That's hard to say because we've already heard those tracks and they are great but isn't it better to get something new?

Drake is the future of hip-hop, today and as a Canadian we should all be proud of what he has accomplished and what he is doing for Canada.

Over, Fancy, Light Up, Miss Me and Find Your Love are the standout tracks in my opinion but the entire album is good from start to finish.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Lash on Sept. 9 2010
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After all the hype surrounding Drake I had very high expectations for his first CD; Thank Me Later. Unfortunately, the CD didn't fulfill the hype. It seems like the sound he's going for is a mellow r& b rap fusion, but it misses the mark and lacks a smooth, cool feel. Instead, it comes off weak, with the songs sounding much the same and formulaic. The repeating theme tends to be his angst regarding his new found success, mostly delivered in a sing-song, repetitive, nasal, auto tune tone. There are some bright spots with appearances by T.I., Young Jeezy, JAY-Z etc. However, their appearances only serve to emphasize how far below their league Drake is despite the fact that their performances seemed toned down to compliment his style.
The CD is mundane, offering nothing fresh or original, and all of the guest appearances and hitmaker producers couldn`t bring it to a level higher than mediocre. Drake`s sound isn`t revolutionary or creative and there`s very little on Thank Me Later to thank Drake for now, or later.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mtlgirl on Jan. 2 2011
Format: Audio CD
Drake is a new artist... and a superstar! He's really good and has his own style. Can't wait to hear more!
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51 of 65 people found the following review helpful
"....THE GAME NEEDED LIFE, SO I PUT MY HEART IN IT" June 28 2010
By DA 1THRILLA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1997, a young, up and coming rapper seemed like he was on everybody's remix, collabo & posse cut all before his first album dropped. He was the must have MC. That rapper was DMX. And he brought a new energy that had everybody hyped about his debut album. Now in 2010 we have Drake,who has been everywhere since his mixtape "So Far Gone" dropped last year. Since then he has been everywhere singing or rapping on your favorite rapper or R&B artists' song. Now its time for Drake to hold his own with his major label debut, the highly anticipated "Thank Me Later".

This is Drake's official introduction to the music world. No more buzz. No more guest collabo's. This album is all about him. And if you can get past all the hype, he did a pretty good job. Right now, he is not an A+ rapper. He's more average. His raps shine the most when he has a veteran hip hop artist on the track with him. He seems motivated on the Jay-Z-assisted track "Light Up". When Lil' Wayne shows up on "Miss Me", Drake feels like he has to compete. Young Jeezy shows up on the Aaliyah-sampled "Unforgetable", but Drake is singing most of that song. "Up All Night" shows Drake's true rapping potential over the albums hardest beat. And when he gets a chance to shine on his own, he's at his best on "The Resistance" As far as the R&B side of the album, Drake falls short in a lot of ways with the only ones any good being "Find Your Love" & "Shut It Down" ft The-Dream (Even though I had trouble figuring out who was singing which verse)

All the hype around Drake has destroyed his credibility. Its easy to dis mainstream hip hop like we did back in 1990 when MC Hammer was flying across the stage. But how many rappers today would like to sell Hammer records? How many rappers want to have top selling albums? If these rappers truly talk about making money why wouldn't they. I'm a a music fan first, not just a hip hop fan. And as a music fan I cant knock Drake's hustle. His music is not that bad. He's not the best singer or the strongest rapper. But he has clever rhymes and that "I'm-going-to-ride-this-train-til-the-wheels-fall off" mentality . That can get annoying but it worked for Lil' Wayne, Plies & DMX. How does Plies, with two Gold selling albums and three Top 5 singles, get more credibility than Drake?

The rap/R&B genre is not new. But a new wave of hip hop/R&B acts are hitting the shelves. Kid Cudi & B.o.B have been doing it for years. T-Pain was a rapper before he found auto-tune. And Andre 3000 made an R&B album. Now its Drake's turn to put his bid in. Drake's singing is no better than other hot R&B artist like Trey Songz & The-Dream. And he is not Rick Ross or Young Jeezy when it comes to rapping. But he is only 23 years old. Drake's lyrics has an early Kanye West feel to them. Which isn't bad. But just like Kanye, I expect his rhyming skills to improve. This album is not as overhyped as people think. Sure there are something's Drake could have left out. And there are things he should have added. But if you just woke up from a coma and never heard of Drake and listened to this CD, you would notice a young artist laying the ground work of more to come. And his growth has no ceiling.
29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars: Almost, but not as crispy as I expected. June 30 2010
By RonDO - Published on Amazon.com
Alright, Drake's rapid rise to fame is much more warranted than other artists who come out with a monster song and fade away. If this was true, he would have been his plateau last year and he'd be in everyones rear view mirror. Instead, with MAJOR support of young money and other huge names in the biz like Kanye and Jay, he got propelled to the top quick. However, unlike other artists, he had hit after hit after hit! Also, SICK verses like on I'm goin in with weezy, say something, and lets not get it twisted, best I ever had is just one of the illest songs in a hot while. This is very characteristic of pop artists currently. Look at artists like Katy Perry, a couple cookie cutter hit songs and now she's one of the biggest pop stars in the world! Thats how it works now. The problem with hip hop is that its much more difficult to create hit song after hit song when compared to pop music. That being said, Drake has been able to put together catchy versus with a pretty sick flow that makes many of us wanting more. Also, he's different, he's form the burbs, he's educated, he doesn't have the "traditional" hip hop background; I just hope he embraces this and doesn't try to put on a fake show of being thug life, that would be a travesty. Living thug life is not prerequisite for hip hop artists. I have found that this type of lifestyle simply provides anecdotal situations to rap about. Hip hop music is bigger than ever now an it cannot and will not be reserved only for those from the hood.

Let's face it, when you hear "Kush roll, glass full, I prefer the better things.." with your speakers blasting your whole situation gets hyped. Drake sounds great rapping, without questions, he sounds like a coherent less wheezy, weezy, which is a good thing. True, he does not have struggle to rap about, he raps about popping bottles and women with some songs from the heart. On the other hand, lines like "I dont really know who I'ma lose this year.." front a thug life that he simply isn't living. Also, his liberal usage of n---- just seems like he's trying to hard to fit into some thug mold that is just not believable. I'd have much more respect for him if he told stories in his raps (ala "fireworks"), kept his flow, and stop referencing anything remotely related to struggles experienced by those in the hood.

This album has its ups and downs:
Ups:
Over
Find your love (ehh, repetetive, mediocre singing, but fun to listen to)
Up all night
Fancy (love the swizz beats influence)
Fireworks (perfect example of what Drake should be -- rapping flawlessly about who he is, his vulnerabilities, and whats real)
Karaoke (Lot of people don't like this song, I think it has a nice, chill flow)
Over (although he sounds like he's trying to be too hard on this son)
Show me a good time (great showcase of the ability to rap quickly while enunciation without sounding gimmicky)
Miss me (his style of R&B)
light up (jay's verse)
Thank me know (love the flow, the cockiness that exudes from this song, and the infectious hook)

Downs:
The resistance (nice hook, rest is eh)
Shut it down (unnecessary, boring, sounds like a bad r. kelly karaoke)
Unforgettable (sounds like one verse on repeat..)
light up (drake's verse)

Drake's not going anywhere, thats a fact. He can rap, kinda sing, and kinda act so he's got the triple threat. Plus he's intelligent and has high expectations. If he can limit his singing to appropriate times (like singing hooks, and singing catchy songs like "find your love," singing will work for him. If he raps about real life situations and tells interesting stories, his flow is tight enough to keep his rap career on full blast. He's close to creating a legendary album I think, he just needs to get focussed and cut the fat.
28 of 40 people found the following review helpful
How about Thank You Never? June 23 2010
By J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If 1993 had Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1998 had DMX and 2003 had 50 Cent, then 2009-10 had Drake: The heavily saturated newcomer with mountains of industry-manufactured hype. Except the Toronto native born Aubrey Graham already had the profile of a superstar a year before the release of his debut album (national ad campaigns; several hits on commercial radio; magazine covers; mountains of press).

That a rapper like Drake is taken seriously in 2010 says a lot about the state of (mainstream) hip hop because to put it quite bluntly, his official debut album, Thank Me Later, is god-awful. Damn near unlistenable to these ears. Why?

*sigh* Where do I start?

Maybe it's the annoying, fake Southern accent he raps with, sounding like a white prep school kid doing his best Lil' Wayne impersonation? Straight up, this guy sounds like Jamie Kennedy doing a bad Memphis accent when he raps.

Maybe it's the hilarious (auto-tune aided) attempts at crooning? What's worst is that the majority of TML is actually comprised of this haphazard attempt at singing! When I first heard the single "Find Your Love", I honestly thought I was listening to an amateur 'boy band'....the flat in-the-shower singing; cheesy mid '90s Euro synths; cornball hook...and he's not trying to be ironic!

Maybe it's the drowsy, samey downbeat production that makes most of the tracks sound indistinguishable from each other?

Maybe it's the annoying and immature self-importance that shrouds the album? Drake comes across as a sheltered, pretentious, pampered white school kid who thinks that his (rather insignificant) thoughts are somehow profound when they're actually fairly vapid, dull and common.

Maybe it's the sheer corniness that is obviously just Drake's nature? The painfully corny punch lines, the phony "emotionalism", the wimpy lyrics. Hip hop is a style that's known for it's sheer swagger. This man has absolutely NONE.

All of these above reasons makes me scratch my head not at Drake's massive current popularity (he was shoved down the public's throats and the American public, by large, practices groupthink-questioning or deviating from the established common consensus is discouraged) but by the fact that many hip hop heads actually take him seriously. It's amazing that MC Hammer was seen as a dancing sell-out 20 years ago or that even a party rapper like Coolio was dismissed in hip hop circles two decades ago yet in 2010, a (bad) singing, unapologetically corny former teen actor who makes dour pop music is called the "future of hip hop" by some. Sign of the times, indeed. It confirms that hip hop's interest is now 100% corporate.

Thank Me Later is pure product and not a very good one at that. It sounds like a even duller, lamer fusion of 808s and Heartbreak (which this album's approach, like Kid Cudi's similarly awful debut, is based on, even by Drake's admission), British R&B/pop dullard Craig David and the Backstreet Boys. Except even cornier. Will the same bandwagoners who currently sing his praises be bumping this album in 2 years? We all know the answer to that question.

Instead of drinking the (dying) music industry's Kool-Aid, check out REAL emerging young rappers like Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Fashawn, Blu, Nipsey Hussle, Curren$y and B.O.B. (whose poppy major label debut, while not bad, doesn't display his full rhyme genius).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Weak Debut June 18 2010
By Juan A. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not the first to say that i embody hip-hop...but Drake's CD debut's strength is not this album...but all the hype surrounding it.

As a real hip hop fan and musician, I checked this album out for a coupla reasons: one, that I'd been really diggin' the stuff off of Drake's previous mixtapes, and two, to see what all the hype was about. This CD gets two stars in my book. It's like, Drake had put all his hottest music out there BEFORE his label debut! He should have saved most of it for his debut-it would have had a bigger impact. Still, I'll see what his next CD will be like to decide if he is either all hype...or just getting started.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Drake can thank a lot of people. June 28 2010
By sonicjazzboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
He can thank Eminem for being the 1st huge mainstream rapper to share what was on his mind in that conversational tone. Drake, when he does decide to rap, is fairly adept with flow skills. That being said, he's not a Jay-Z, Biggie, Rakim, or anyone else you'd put in an elite catagory. What he says is not as good as the way he says it. I agree with the reviewer that said "fake southern accent".(It's whats hot right now) but...somehow it dissapears on "Thank Me Now". Drake can thank Ja Rule and 50 Cent for gettin away with singing poorly on hooks. Drake takes this to a whole new level by singing poorly not only hooks but full songs on TML. 2 star deduction. Leave the boy band stuff to Bieber. He can even thank Kid Cudi for making that awful CD of psycho-babble so Drake believes we actually care about his "inner" thoughts. Not that Drake is being too deep, all the raps seem to revolve around the same subject...Drake. The production is good. On par with whats hot today. I would love to hear him with Primo, 9th Wonder, or Pete Rock on the boards. The real issue here is does the release live up to the hype? I cant say it doesnt because he might have 4-5 legitimate hits on the CD. I cant say it does because the hype was so huge it needed to be on par with Supa Dupa Fly, Doggy Style, Slim Shady, Get Rich or Die Tryin and Ready to Die. Thank Me Later doesnt even come close.

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