After Drake’s third album, Nothing Was The Same, he continues to prove why he’s already considered one of hip-hop’s G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time).
Jumping on the scene in 2009 with the classic mixtape, So Far Gone, he took the game by storm. Four years later, who would have expected an actor turned rapper would be the poster boy for hip-hop culture. The guy who signed him didn’t even see it coming.
Drake explains on track 13 of his third album, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2”, that Lil Wayne, the CEO of the record label he is currently signed to, didn’t know he would be under the Young Money label.
On arguably the most personal song on the album, Drake raps, “Right before Wayne came and got me out of the backroom where I was rapping with Jaz over beats that I shouldn’t have in the hopes for the glory/He walked right past me in the hallway, three months later, I’m his artist he probably wouldn’t remember that story.”
Young Money’s most versatile artist continues to aspire and with this album he clearly separated him self from majority. With Nothing Was The Same not being a star studded with the exception of Jay-Z, only supports Drake’s greatness. It proves that he’s talented enough to captivate the masses without any of his Young Money affiliates.
Some may call it disloyal, but I find it quite ballsy that Drake included Hov on his album and not his mentor Lil Wayne, knowing that the two artists aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.
Drake’s increase in confidence is evident on this album. Any listener can conclude that Drake feels as if he can’t be touched in the game. How can anyone argue? Drake revolutionized hip-hop so much that most people can’t decide what genre his music is. Is he rap, or is he R&B? It doesn’t matter; he makes good music for the culture.
Also on “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” his arrogance is noticed when he says,
“Look, f**k all that “happy to be here” s**t that y’all want me on/I’m the big homie, they still be tryna lil bro me, dog/Like I should fall in line, like I should alert n****s when I’m ’bout to drop something crazy and not say I’m the greatest of my generation, like I should be dressing different/like I should be less aggressive and pessimistic/like I should be way more nervous and less dismissive /Like I should be on my best behavior and not talk my s*** and do it major like the n****s who paved the way for us.”
Whether the Canadian artist is singing or rapping, most people are moved by his lyrical content. Somewhere on Drake’s track list, ranging from any album or mixtape, there’s always a song that can relate to a situation that you are currently in or was once in.
Is NWTS Drake’s best work? To hear him tell it, his next album will be his best album.