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Ryan Stanford
Album Review
February 1, 2012
Drake “Takes Care” of Rap Game
Twenty four year old, Toronto born, New Orleans grown, Drake, delivers his best album to date. “Take Care” features nineteen songs that all show off Drake’s unique talent to combine both his soft singing voice and his sharp, deep rap verses. Drizzy’s sophomore album can be compared to some of the great, only 2 months after release date: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter” series, Kanye West’s “Graduation”, just to name a couple. The album is a breath of fresh air to the so called “dying” rap genre. Although I do agree the album is a classic but it isn’t the saving grace of rap. Rap has changed dynamically since the 90’s and Drake is the perfect example of how’s it’s changed. Drake brings a whole new subgenre of rap, where he uses emotion and smooth styles and combinations of singing and rapping to create a masterpiece. Quite frankly no one can be compared to him, which is why he is talented and successful. He is clearly the best at what he does, and “Take Care” is living proof.

Besides his inimitable style of rap, another thing that stands out from other artist is the way he so easily relates his songs to the audience. Drake is richer than us, has sex more and with more beautiful women, his loved by so many, yet we feel like we can relate to him. And the reason is. Because he raps about his true life and doesn’t pretend to be someone he’s not. Throughout the disk song after song it tells us about his life. The emotion he uses connects with us. Maybe we’re tired of listening to the rap that talks about pussy, weed, the hood, bloods, crips, and money. While what other rappers and saying about their life I’m sure is true, what average person can relate to that? In “Take Care” Drake raps and sings about love! That’s crazy, call him gay call him soft call him what you want but the man’s album went Platinum, he is doing something right.

As we take a deeper look into the album...
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