Drake
Thank Me Later


3.0
good

Review

by Tyler Brown USER (2 Reviews)
July 14th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With fairly impressive rapping ability and pleasant R&B choruses, Drake’s debut album is one you will want to pick up (and will eventually put down).

The current state of mainstream Rap music is wounded at best. Artists like T-Pain, Soulja Boy and current-day Snoop Dogg are all topping the Billboard 200 charts while frequently producing some of the worst excuse for ‘music’ I have ever had the misfortune of hearing. Auto-tune runs rampant like the crabs or gonorrhea that I’m sure they all have from sleeping around with groupies. Songs containing uninspired lyrics filled with misogyny where said rapper doesn’t even submit an idea on, just a flawed attempt to put out a No. 1 single. Needless to say, it is shameful in every sense of the word.

Enter Drake, known as Aubrey Graham to many through other ventures in the public eye. His previous EPs / mixtapes and collaborations with other mainstream Rap artists have given him some success, most notably “Best I Ever Had” off his So Far Gone EP. Seeing such mainstream success in such an unmarketed (but not unpolished) release as an EP, many critics and fans alike awaited his debut album, hoping to lap up another taste of his slow-beated ear-pleasing hits. His debut, Thank Me Later delivers on the unrefined listener’s hopes in every way, but those looking for an above-par pop-rap release may still be seeking more once the 14 tracks are over.

A large majority of Drake’s songs on Thank Me Later are quite similar to “Best I Ever Had”: largely down tempo and simplistic beats that are well-complimented by his singing voice in the choruses. This is not to say that only songs with singing are ones that hit home – “Over”, the album’s first single, is one of the best and most consistent on the record. The singing / R&B portions on the album easily propel any song to a level of catchiness that just good hooks with rapping cannot usually reach. The current-age of rap’s influence on this is noticeable within the first 5 minutes of the record, with many beats sounding like up-tempo copies of 808’s and Heartbreaks. Drake’s flow (for lack of a better word), though, is actually much more natural-sounding and seemingly refined than most of the guest artists on his album (save for Jay-Z), making for even the most lyrically simplistic songs to still sound pleasurable on the outer layer.

Lyrically, Thank Me Later is severely bi-polar. The substance of Drake’s songs range from the more introspective “Karaoke” to the painfully shallow and misogynistic “Fancy” featuring Swizz Beatz and TI. This trend is fairly steady, as most of the songs with guest spots tend to have less artistic depth and likeability than those where Drake is on his own. Also, many of the bars of lyrics start off interesting but end on a completely unrelated note just to save the continuity of the song and rhyming style (“Making sure the Young Money ship is never sinking /
Bout to set it off in this bitch Jada Pinkett”). Although this is all in the cards for a mainstream Rap record, it is still disappointing that the trend continues.

Though Drake’s first release is in no way ground breaking or, in some places, remarkable, is still a very pleasant listen, producing some songs that will be in rotation for quite a while. In the context of the popular records that have been released in the past couple of years, Drake’s Thank Me Later is definitely a standout record that has some artistic worth to it.

Recommended Tracks:
“Over”
“Karaoke”
“Thank Me Now”


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KnuckleChowder
July 14th 2010


157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wished this review would have had a little bit more length to it. I think I covered all points I wanted to, though. As always, all constructive criticism is welcome. Review took me approximately 45 minutes.

Dunpeal
July 14th 2010


3802 Comments




length is fine. good review man. compared to so far gone though, this album blows. bad move not making so far gone his first official LP. then he could have blamed this crap on the sophomore slump

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RosaParks
July 14th 2010


15055 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is sooooo terrible omg

Obfuscation24
July 14th 2010


3939 Comments


^ This

RosaParks
July 14th 2010


15055 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Songs containing uninspired lyrics filled with misogyny where said rapper doesn’t even submit an idea on, just a flawed attempt to put out a No. 1 single. Needless to say, it is shameful in every sense of the word.

You just described the album right there.

RosaParks
July 14th 2010


15055 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

btw I pos'd because it's a good review. I'm just going to guess you don't know much about hip-hop, mainly because of the 3 rating and the fact that your first review was an Architects reivew

Thor
July 14th 2010


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This will undoubtedly be the album that defines Degrassicore

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Dunpeal
July 14th 2010


3802 Comments




This album is sooooo terrible omg



lol

so true. changed my rating to reflect the fact that "over" is the 1 track worth listening to

Calculate
July 14th 2010


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm just going to guess you don't know much about hip-hop, mainly because of the 3 rating


Dumbest thing I've ever heard.
Ive given this countless listens now and have concluded that it's not too bad.

MUNGOLOID
July 14th 2010


4352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

agree. if this was just a straight up instrumental album, my rating would be much higher.

Bulldog
July 14th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

oh hey a good thor post who would have thought

Ire
July 14th 2010


41829 Comments


^no such thing

Urinetrouble
July 14th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

id shit on this niggaz toilet

RosaParks
July 14th 2010


15055 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dumbest thing I've ever heard.
Ive given this countless listens now and have concluded that it's not too bad.

Who read it to you?
I listened to five songs and I can easily say it's one of the worst hip-hop albums ever.

G3N3R1C
July 14th 2010


1945 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is (mostly) shit.

Urinetrouble
July 14th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.11705/title.drake-says-hes-begun-recording-his-next-album

i just died a little inside

KnuckleChowder
July 14th 2010


157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha I listen to almost no hip hop, hence my only references to other Rap being in the mainstream. Good educated guess. I wouldn't say all the tracks are as bad as you think RosaParks, but I can definitely understand your perspective.

Bulldog
July 14th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

but i can definitely understand your perspective


yea the perspective of a sane person isnt exceptionally difficult to conceptually grasp.

Dunpeal
July 14th 2010


3802 Comments



sputnik has spoken; this album is shit

MUNGOLOID
July 15th 2010


4352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

UGHHHHHHH!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uKSeyYFGRo



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