August 1, 2013
Drake’s new album Nothing Was the Same isn't due out until September 17th, but it’s not like Toronto’s proudest hip-hopper has been mum since releasing 2011’s brilliantly cool Take Care, as he's been quick-firing a steady stream of rock solid one-offs like the fired up and rattled tracks “5AM In Toronto” and “Started From the Bottom" alongside other odds-and-ends for the better part of this year. As we approach the release date of his third full-length, however, it makes the likelihood of a well-produced new listen like the 2 Chainz and Big Sean-featuring "All Me" an indication as to what listeners can expect on Nothing Was the Same that much more realistic. In what's become Drizzy's stylistic M.O., we again find hip-hop's reluctant anti-hero and his cohorts stockpiling a balance of not-so-humble brags ("I don't even know how much I really made / I forgot / It's a lot, fuck that, nevermind what I got...) and hook-ups ("My new girl is on Glee and shit / Probably making more money than me and shit...," spits Big Sean) into their ammo against the fame game as an ominous trump crafted by rising beatmaker Key Wane cradles each blow. Toss in a random Aziz Ansari soundbite for good measure, and dealing with the b.s. and drama of celebrity must pale in comparison to these three letting the good times roll. Confidence surely isn't lacking when you've proven this level of success in your career, so you'll have to excuse Drake at this stage when the beats behind his rhymes still feel like crushed velvet, but don't seek out listeners' empathy to make you want to sink your skin into them.
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