Drake’s third studio album, “Nothing Was the Same,” shows that although he “Started from the Bottom” he will be on his “Worst Behavior” to “Own It” with album sales that are expected to “Hold On, We’re Going Home” to the top.
No matter what fans are expecting, the Canadian native rises to the occasion with relatable lyrics, sultry ballads and smooth beats to match his third project of his career, which was released Tuesday. Drake’s third LP expands his vocal ability and his mastery of words over creative beats to add to the last set of hip-hop summer release albums of the year.
Lyrically, Drake creatively opens up about relationship heartbreaks instead of normal street anthems with tracks like “From Time” and “Connect” that create storytelling images of how any relationship can take you on a roller coaster ride.
In addition, Drake offers a balance for his fans that are familiar with his confident lyrics that can make anyone feel like celebrating. Tracks like “Started from the Bottom” and “All Me” will have listeners bobbing their heads enthusiastically, especially in any nightclub.
The album features some of today’s hip-hop heavy hitters such as Jay-Z and 2 Chainz and Big Sean on the deluxe album. “Pound Cake” features a Jay-Z collaboration that takes fans on an old school ride and focuses on how both he and Drake lyrically remain at the top.
Big Sean and 2 Chainz’s featured song, “All Me,” which has elevated to mainstream popularity, allows fans to sing along no matter what the occasion is.
One of the most controversial tracks of the album is “Wu-Tang Forever,” which samples Wu-Tang Clan’s 1997 single “It’s Yourz,” seems completely different and original.
RollingStone.com calls the single “a heartfelt requiem for a girl he used to know.” While fans quote lyrics like, “It’s yours, nobody else’s,” they can relate lyrics back to any love story.
Critically, the album has been receiving mixed reviews. Rolling Stone mentions his melodic flow and said it allows him to get away with generic lyrics while other musical critics noted Drake’s rhyming skills, tone and inflection.
Although, the album had an infamous and expected leak on Twitter a week before the release date, fans will still appreciate Drake’s artistry. After NWTS remained a trending topic all week long, Tuesday’s release will still be one for the record books.