Drake
Thank Me Later


3.0
good

Review

by ShahSRDX USER (1 Reviews)
June 18th, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some repetitive beats but classic Drake style and delivery.

So Drake released his much anticipated debut CD Thank Me Later. Hallelujah! After being pushed back 3 weeks and being leaked Drake can finally get a load off of his chest.

So lets jump into the review cause someone like Drake doesn’t really need much of an introduction: canada, degrassi, lil’ wayne, young money, jewish, secret love for nicki minaj, the guy your girlfriend is constantly fantasizing about when she isn’t fantasizing about trey songz. There you go.

Thank Me Later isn’t much of a hip-hop CD, it is more of an rnb CD with some raps sprinkled on. Regardless of the style of music, Drake’s delivery is one of the best I’ve ever heard. His lyrics are smart and precise, matching the beats he chooses very well. “Money just changed everything, I wonder how life without it would go, From the concrete who knew that a flower would grow, lookin’ down from the top and its crowded below, My fifteen minutes started an hour ago” -Fireworks (Feat. Alicia Keys). There are plenty of good lines on this CD and that is literally the first 5.

OK lets move onto the beats. In my opinion the beats are 1/2 of a good rap CD. Thank Me Later has some of the freshest sounding beats I’ve ever heard Drake spit over but sadly I feel like I heard them all on So Far Gone. Drake said that Thank Me Later would be different than anything he’s ever done but listening to this CD i get a lot of flashbacks of listening to So Far Gone. His delivery is very similar, the beats are very similar, and the subject material is very similar. Pretty much 80% of the beats on this CD sound the same as So Far Gone which means a lot of the beats on Thank Me Later sound alike. This is probably due to the fact that 10/14 tracks on this CD are either produced by Boi-1da, 40, or both. Thankfully Kanye and Timbaland add something extra to this CD with the help of some lesser known producers BUT! They’re all co-produced by 40 or Boi-1da. I feel like I could make most of the beats on a bootlegged Fruity Loops in my basement.

Lets move onto what Drake raps about. This CD should be renamed Thank Me Later: Listen To Me Rap About Girls and Failed Relationships/A Slightly Better 808s and Heartbreak. And that last sentence pretty much explains the lyrical content on Thank Me Later. He raps about living a life of partying and having money but the negatives of it all, but it seems like Drake is pretty happy with his life unless he’s really depressed and can hide it really well in interviews.

The hooks on his sad relationship songs sound pretty corny and are just Drake singing a few words but holding them out for a long time making listeners think to themselves, “oh he’s sooooooooo sensitiveeee”. Now there are some pretty good catchy hooks on this CD like Fancy (Feat. Swizz Beats and T.I.). But a lot of them could do without the hooks.

Guest appearances! Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj (not surprising), T.I., Swizz Beats, The Dream, Young Jeezy, Jay-Z (not surprising), and dun dun dun! Lil’ Wayne (not surprising). So the thing I like about Thank Me Later is there isn’t heavy guest spots. A lot of good debut’s are ruined by featured artists which can take away from people listening to the actual artists because they get excited and can’t wait to hear their favorite rappers part. Thankfully everyone shows up with their A-game except The Dream who sounds like a baby on some parts.

Drake I’m going to thank you now (du-dum-tiss!) for not getting heavy on the autotune! The vocal effects he uses sound great and are not saturated at all.

So I know I touch on a lot of the negative in Thank Me Later but don’t get me wrong if you’re a Drake fan pick this CD up. If you’re a hip-hop fan give it a listen and see what you think. If you’re an rnb fan then get this CD! It’s different and it’s good. Personally I couldn’t wait for this CD to come out. After hearing some of the leaks my anticipation lowered because they weren’t the best. BUT It’s a CD that will grow on you and something you can bop your head to. Even if the snare hits are the same rhythm on most of the beats.


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East Hastings
June 18th 2010


4391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Drake can finally get a load off of his chest.

lol

fromtheinside
June 18th 2010


18703 Comments


"classic drake style and delivery?"

lmao, i have fingernails longer than this guys been around.

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

BSX
June 18th 2010


1633 Comments


If you’re an rnb fan then get this CD! It’s different and it’s good

LIES!

Jonathan10
June 18th 2010


760 Comments


He's in a wheelchair

Mclovin
June 18th 2010


293 Comments


Lol'd at AugustBurnsBread

Not bad first review; but as an immediate observation, don't have three paragraphs all start with "so". Fix dat shit son.

NewYorkZoo
June 18th 2010


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"classic drake style and delivery?"

whats that even mean. review is...

Mclovin
June 18th 2010


293 Comments


Sure, the review says some silly stuff and it has some grammar/stylistic issues, but the substance of it isn't bad - certainly not bad for a first.

Shah, if you'd like, I could pick through it and give you some constructive criticism.

Jonathan10
June 18th 2010


760 Comments


My first was better

Jonathan10
June 18th 2010


760 Comments


Did you take into account he can't walk?

Parallels
June 18th 2010


6641 Comments


whos drake?
the bad guy from 007 Nightfire?

NewYorkZoo
June 18th 2010


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay, constructively cuz i can't do the jerk thing very well: i just think he shouldn't sound so... orderly. definitely for a first review, there's been worse and being on this site and continually reviewing will obviously make him better.

the second paragraph shows some promise. i do like it. it's sassy, for lack of a better term.

Dryden
June 18th 2010


12928 Comments


"whos drake?
the bad guy from 007 Nightfire?"

ya

ShadowRemains
June 18th 2010


21024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ahahahha

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

ShowStopper0328
June 18th 2010


28 Comments


"Drake I’m going to thank you now (du-dum-tiss!)"

lolz. pos'd cause of this.

Calculate
June 18th 2010


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah, good review dude.

Bulldog
June 18th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

secret love fo nicki minaj?

Dryden
June 18th 2010


12928 Comments


b-drill

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2010


7026 Comments


^ 123

Bulldog
June 19th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

how can he have a classic style and delivery this is his first fucking album


As much as I fucking hate to defend Drake and this album. There are two problems here.

1) Illmatic and Ready To Die were first albums. 'nuff said.
2) Even though it's his first album, Drake has had other releases.

Now, Drake being put in the same category as Biggie and Nas is fucking lol, but the point stands, that it's possible to have a classic style and delivery on your first album.

Also, Drake has already achieved widespread fame, and it's not like he just started and this is his first ever piece of music.

That being said, "classic style and delivery" = bullshit, hip hop is mixed with r&b and pop all the time, and his delivery, if you are talking about his vocal delivery, is shit.

NewYorkZoo
June 20th 2010


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i just hope that you'll miss me a little when i'm gone
i just hope that you'll miss me a little when i'm gone



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