By Nicole Sims
Drake’s third album, “Nothing Was the Same,” is a testament to the rapper’s ability to entice fans through emotional lyrics that are sure to leave listeners begging for more.
The album was leaked nine days before the Sept. 24 official release date and left fans buzzing across social media outlets.
The album mirrors the smoothness of his first studio release, “Thank Me Later,” delivering a mix of hip-hop, R&B and pop that allows listeners to get a clear glimpse of the the artist’s newfound confidence and apathy towards critics.
This is an attitude that didn’t shine through in his sophomore album, “Take Care,” that went double platinum this year in April.
“I’m tired of hearin’ bout who you checkin’ for now/ Just give it time, we’ll see who’s still around a decade from now/ That’s real,” Drake raps in “Tuscan Leather,” the first track on the new album. The six-minute opener is bold statement to the fact that he’s not afraid to record a song without a hook or chorus.
In the track “Own It,” Drake serenades his female listeners: “Next time I stand tall I wanna be standin’ for you/ And the next time I spend I want it all to be for you –” lyrics that are sure to please fans that prefer Drake’s sensitive side.
For a majority of the album, Drake doesn’t depend on features from other big industry names to add depth to his songs. Instead, he successfully showcases his skill of lyrical storytelling through sentimental, passionately emotional tracks.
Overall, the album delivers a successful portrayal of Drake coming into his own as an artist that isn’t reluctant to show off his softer side, while still reminding us why he’s one of the best rappers in the industry today.