“Take Care” by Drake Review

"Take Care" by Drake

"Take Care" by Drake

Daily $wagg grades reviews based upon the Grade Point Average scale. Identical to the system used by most schools to measure academic excellence, Daily $wagg grades an album track-by-track on a scale of 0-4 (F-A) then adds them and divides by the number of total tracks leaving an overall average somewhere from 0-4. Albums will also receive grades for Lyrical Preformance (flow, voice, etc.), Lyrical Content (what they rap about), and Production (beats, instrumentals, etc.).

With a #1 debut and nearly a million and a half copies of his debut album, Thank Me Later, sold to date, Young Money/Cash Money superstar, Drake, has become one of the most sought after R&B artists/rappers in the entire world. Synonymous with forehead tattoos and teenage love, Drake is undoubtedly one of the leaders and iconic figures of a generation. After much acclaim and criticism for his softer, more rhythm and blues oriented, mushy, lovey sung hooks, and surprisingly charming, (or annoying depending on how you view him) ringing, monotone voice, Drake released his second album, Take Care on Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records in late November. The album, as expected, debuted #1 and went gold its first week. It is now certified platinum and is nearing the bi-platinum mark as the former nickelodeon actor’s stock continues to rise. However, despite his successful sales, many pondered, ‘would the former Grammy-nominated artist suffer the looming sophomore slump, or continue to make some of the most desired and hot, pop-oriented music around today?’

After about 2 listens, Take Care warranted a 2.81 on my GPA scale. Take Care, in my opinion, fails to carry the weight or excitement of Drake’s first effort. Despite brief high-points of real storytelling, lyricism, and interest, Drake’s second effort generally gives off the vibe of a soppy love story that failed to reach a climax. With songs like “Headlines”, “We’ll be Fine”, “Lord Knows”, and “Look What You’ve Done”, Drizzy Drake manages to retain his knack for clever lyricism as well as relatable, interesting storytelling. These, undoubtedly being Drake’s most appealing traits, are unseen throughout most of the album and only appear on tracks here and there. However, Drake lands the usual expected all-star guest cast for lyrical help and mostly verses, with Lil Wayne (twice), Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Birdman (who hardly plays a part), and the highly desired and rarely heard, Andre 3000 of Outkast, all appearing on tracks . Most of these star’s parts are hits with a miss here and there but an overall good selection from Drake’s camp for outside assistance. As far as lyrical performance, Drake’s output is as solid as ever. Despite this, Drizzy occasionally exceeds the amount of singing that should be endured by a hip hop fan within a brief period, sometimes falling into the soggy, boring tone the album caries at times. Nonetheless, Drake manages to find a decent balance between rapping, storytelling, love stories, ballads, and soppy singing.  Lyrical content-wise, Drake also manages to find a decent balance, at his best when speaking into his own life, narrating the ups and downs of his encounters with stardom and widespread fame. Drizzy Drake’s only problem in this category is his tendency to fall victim to generic, boring, and often irritating love songs. Pertaining to production, Drake stays solid, sticking to personal friends, 40 and T-Minus, as well as big-name producers Boi-1da and Just Blaze among others. All in all, Take Care displays a slightly above average performance from Drake, with an excess of lazy, slow love songs continuing to dampen Drake’s hopeful bright spots found on Take Care.

Drake in the Rogers Center, the Stadium of his Home Town MLB Team, The Toronto Blue Jays, for the Shoot of his Video, "Headlines"

Drake in the Rogers Center, the Stadium of his Home Town MLB Team, The Toronto Blue Jays, for the Shoot of his Video, "Headlines"

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3 thoughts on ““Take Care” by Drake Review

  1. I’m going to have to disagree with you on this review. I feel that this album should be an easy 3.7, and the reason I say 3.7 and not 4.0 is because as you said his rapping can get a little boring and some of his songs feel like they are dragging on. But I’d say only 2 songs suffer from this. Practice and Marvin’s Room. In my opinion these songs are kind of hard to get into, because its just him singing or what not, then halfway through the song he’ll start rapping and doing his thing like as he does in Marvin’s Room. For the first half of that song all does is talk about how he is trying to get his girl back and what not, but the second half he gets into and starts rapping. And as you said, I believe that Drake is probably lyrically the best rapper out. His problems that he encounters and how he raps about them, make you feel how you might of been hurt and what you did or he’ll put you in that mindset. Even though he only had like 2 songs were he raps throughout the the whole song (The Motto and Headlines) I thought his album was really good. And I’m not saying this because he is a huge rapper and he’s all the rage and what not. I felt like I experienced a connection through his lyrics. It felt like he was telling me his whole life story through this album, and some people might not like that but I personally enjoyed it. Also, I can feel where your coming from this review on how he talks about love to much and his “monotone voice”. If I did like his rapping thats probably what I would be saying as well, but I think he’s one of the better rappers out there. Good Job on the reviews, looking forward to more Daily $wag.

    • First off, thank you for the feedback and I appreciate you taking your time to read this. While you bring up a few excellent points, such as Drake’s ability to tell relatable stories and speak to people, there are a few things I disagree on. In my opinion, if Drake would stick to more rapping and songs like “Headlines” with a little bit of singing and some sung choruses or small parts of verses, he would be better off. Now given that I’m a huge old school and hardcore rap fan and am not very much into R&B and softer, more pop oriented rap, “Take Care” at times put me to sleep. I also think his production held him down a little bit and really slowed the pace and tone of the album (as I said about “a long love story without a climax” in the review). Also, while Drizzy is undoubtedly at his best when letting his clever wordplay and self reflective rhymes do the work, I would not agree he is one of the best lyrical rappers out there. To me, his actual rhymes don’t come off as mature enough or ready to be talked about with lyrical heavyweights yet. Some of his singing may impede and alter his lyrical presence at times but I do often wonder if Drake was disappointed with his album being far more R&B motivated or if that’s how he wanted it..

      • Well I will agree with you that “Take Care” is a more R&B orientated, and by that I was somewhat disappointed but I guess I got over it. And on “Take Care” it seems that you either love the album or hate it. And I understand where you are coming from that on this album he has become more of a pop rapper, but I do respect your opinion. So on that note I have nothing more to say. I’ll be sure to critic some of your other reviews and I’ll gladly voice my opinion on them.

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