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:
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)
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.