Drake: Take Care

I’ve been meaning to sit down and give this album a good listen since it came out instead of just listening to Make Me Proud on repeat. I had a late lunch/early dinner with one of my best friends today and we were discussing this album, so I figured why not do it while my mind is on it? We’re getting at Drake‘s new album Take Care tonight!

I guess this is the first artist I’ve done two posts on – but Drake is a good one to double up on. I’m sure as this blog goes on there will be more doubling up. Who knows. The first track is oddly riveting – it’s a lot less music than you would expect and more just focusing on Drake. The boy can really rap.

Headlines has such a great beat and Drake’s raps run by like a chocolate fountain over a fresh strawberry.

Although she can’t live up to Nicki, I love when Drake and Rihanna are on the same track. Take Care is definitely not a disappointment as Riri opens it pretty slowly with a totally un-autotuned voice. Drake drops in with some fierce beats afterward.

We’ll Be Fine is a nice edge to it after a couple slower songs. I love Drake’s random mentions of Nicki. Am I the only person who wishes they’d just get together? This song leads into Make Me Proud, which I have listened to no less than 40 times. Nicki is such a great rapper and this song is one of my favorite rap tracks of all time.

Surprisingly, Drake pulls out some impressive singing on Cameras/Good Ones Go (Interlude). I had to check my iTunes to see who the guest was, but there is none showing up, so I’m assuming it is indeed Drake himself. And it’s pretty nice.

Could anyone on Cash Money Records get through an album without having a guest appearance from Lil Wayne? I think not. He’s not my favorite by any means, but he drops in during HYFR (Hell Yeah F****n’ Right). I can’t decide if this is actually a decent track on its own or if it’s a Cash Money Ripoff of H.A.M. by Kanye West and Jay Z (which clearly wins the contest).

Drake caught me off guard when he started singing a rap classic in the form of Back That Ass Up in Practice. I actually like Drake’s slowed down version better than the original.

I’m not sure I like the wind-up song, The Ride, enough to write a line about it, so we’ll move on. This is a pretty solid album – a couple let downs, but it does contain the fabulous Make Me Proud, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s all right by me. I should probably go listen to that track again, actually.
Key Tracks:
Make Me Proud (track 10)
Take Care (track 5)
Headlines (track 3)

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