August 07, 2018

Drake - Thank Me Later (2010)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Contemporary Hip-Hop
Style: Pop Rap
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© 2010 Cash Money, Universal Motown
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra
By the time of the release of Drake's first full-length album, the Canadian rapper was already a star thanks to his huge single "Best I Ever Had," his celebrated mixtape and then EP So Far Gone, and his spots on hits by Young Money and Eminem. Thank Me Later had the tough assignment of living up to the anticipation and further Drake as an artist, and it totally lives up to the hype. Thanks to the rich and nuanced production and Drake's thoughtful, playful, and intense lyrics, Thank Me Later is a radio-friendly, chart-topping collection of singles but also a serious examination of Drake's life that holds up as an album.
Most of the record finds the young rapper (23 at the time of release) conflicted about his growing stardom and fame. Whether it’s a relationship splitting up as on the melancholy “Karaoke,” worries about the fame changing him (“The Resistance”), fears that so-called real hip-hop fans will find him manufactured (“Show Me a Good Time”), or the difficult nature of romance when you’re a star (“Miss Me”), Drake isn’t afraid to examine what the past year has done to his life. He’s also not afraid to talk about how great life has become as well, dropping plenty of lines about the money, the women, and his own prowess as a rapper. His belief in his own skills is well-founded, as the list of collaborators lined up to work with him attests. T.I., Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Drake's mentor Lil Wayne all drop by to add verses, sing hooks, and produce tracks, and their presence sometimes serves to liven things up and keep Drake away from his melancholy nature.
The T.I./Swizz Beatz track “Fancy” is a fun and sassy summer jam with a huge hook, his track with Jay-Z ("Light Up") is a fierce takedown of the Industry and the damage it can wreak, and the Nicki Minaj collabo "Up All Night" is a tough-as-nails boast that features Drake at his most insistent. Elsewhere, Lil Wayne's verse on "Miss Me" is his usual breathtaking verbal roller coaster, the-Dream's vocals on the verses of "Shut It Down" are heartbreakingly sincere, and Jeezy adds some welcome ferociousness to "Unforgettable." It’s like all the guests had to bring their best game to keep up with Drake, and they didn't want the youngster to show them up. He never shows anyone up exactly (though Jay-Z's verse sounds kind of out of breath compared to Drake's), but he definitely proves that he belongs at the very top of the game. His nimble flow is impressive; his words are heartfelt, brainy, and surprising; and while his singing may not be the best, it shows a vulnerability that is rare in rap circles. Indeed, it is this willingness to be introspective and honest that makes Drake unique and helps make Thank Me Later special. It is the rare album, rap or otherwise, that follows through on the artist's potential and the fan’s anticipation.

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6 comments:

  1. Why don't you guys upload some of Lil Wayne's albums? It's not a request, I just thought it was weird that you don't upload albums for one of the biggest rappers today.

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  2. Because we don't own or like his music. This is not a website that uploads whatever we can find. Sentinel has never enjoyed the Cash Money catalogue and I don't either with very few exceptions. Lil Wayne hasn't been active for years now. He had a another boom during the mid to late 2000's but that's over. That hardly sounds like "one of the biggest rappers today" Sorry love. We're consumers first and we won't spend money on music we don't like or have any interest in.

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  3. I mean his new album "Tha Carter V" is a hit but ok ypu can do what you want. It doesn't matter anyways if you upload some of his albums or not, cause I'm not a very big fan of him myself.

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    1. I didn't enjoy "Tha Carter V" I listened to the album and did not like it at all. He was gone for a long time and he came back with nothing new, original or ground breaking. I can't buy something I don't enjoy and we certainly are not going to buy random albums just to publish them on our site. That's not what we do here. If we own the album, we'll share it. If we don't, we won't. Sometimes we have whole discographies and sometimes we don't. The reason for that is because we just don't enjoy everything that our favorite artists put out. In the case of Drake, I was done with him in 2013. I didn't like any of his songs that he has put out since 2013 so you're not going to see any of his other albums on here. Sorry babe. It's not going to happen. There's only so much of the current market we can consume.

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  4. It's ok too. I don't like Drake anyways๐Ÿ˜. Not before 2013 and certainly not after 2013๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Oh don't worry love, you're not alone when it comes to that and I completely understand why people dislike his music so much.

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