Drake
Take Care


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
December 12th, 2011 | 2072 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Drake cries us a river

I probably have sat myself down around half a dozen times in an attempt to write something up for the latest Drake album, but there's something about Take Care that's making that impossible to do so. What is it? The fuck if I know, per se, but it keeps on growing with every spin that I give the album. It's something about Drake's over-emotional sob story. The irony and the audacity to call out “soap opera” rappers when what he's given us with Take Care is exactly that. The overinflated characterizations, the embellished emotional swings, the sex – they're all here, but where day time TV fails and Drake succeeds is in the humanity of it all. Drake still revels in the same kind of drama-laden story telling, but instead of the overacting and plastic jawlines he is the understanding thread of the common soul that lies within. I guess you could blame it all on Kanye West's rambling mad streak of wearing his wrecked and engorged heart on his sleeve and eventually making one of the few true break up albums for the teeth grinding E-tard club generation. Following it up with a statement that matched his batshit insane grandiose persona probably helped too. For the sake of argument “probably” means “of-fucking-course it did”. Take Care is Drake throwing off all his fake Weezy swag and hoisting the Yeezy flag high (By the way, can we get rid of the whole shortened nickname thing please? You're fucking rappers, not Teletubbies...), getting rid of the worst of his Thank Me Later cheesy party-isms and embracing his inner sensitive, drowning in pussy, emotional philosopher. Musically he plays the part with his in house songwriting/producer collaborator Noah “40” Shebib providing a moody and contemplative background to whatever Drake want's to put out be it singing, rapping, talking or stuttering – all of which he does a lot of. I'm not going to lie, it works. It works ridiculously well. Take Care is equal parts dick-waving egoism, emotional wreckage, and mature understanding. Does he talk about himself like he's the second coming of Christ? Of course, this is a modern pop-hop album and that kind of machismo is not only expected, it's required. Does he dwell on lost love and quick flings like somewhere deep in his memories lies the cure to cancer and the only way to reach it is to regurgitate everything to everyone? Well, duh, it's a break up album. Does he always take the high road and revel in the positivity of it all and place his former flames high on a pedestal, placing the blame on his own failings and creating one of the most genuinely human rap albums in recent memory? Absolutely, and that's something.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2011


17222 Comments


block of text yadda yadda yadda etc

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2011


31358 Comments


redsky4swag

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

AtavanHalen
December 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The fuck if I know per se


flows so awkwardly

nnnope
December 12th 2011


418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Does he always take the high road and revel in the positivity of it all and place his former flames high on a pedestal, placing the blame on his own failings and creating one of the most genuinely human rap albums in recent memory? Absolutely, and that's something."

amen

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"(By the way, can we get rid of the whole shortened nickname thing please? You're fucking rappers, not Teletubbies...)"

haha this. i pretty much agree with nothing else in this review but it's a nice write-up

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Tyrael
December 12th 2011


20899 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Write less, produce more music dammit

but good review

rasputin
December 12th 2011


14550 Comments


oh man you gotta break that para up, it's killing me

Activista anti-MTV
December 12th 2011


3146 Comments


This is a good review.

The paragraph signifies a number

Drake knows which 1

Zorak
December 12th 2011


3191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review. Though I do believe the paragraph needs to be split up.

AtavanHalen
December 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

they feel ya nigga

Kris.
December 12th 2011


12345 Comments


holy shit

Emim
December 12th 2011


26646 Comments


big fucking paragraph and terrible fucking rapper


moving on

qwe3
December 12th 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this isnt rap tho lol

Emim
December 12th 2011


26646 Comments


it's under hip-hop and sputnik knows its genres.


but rap by common definition

qwe3
December 12th 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hip hop =/= rap

Emim
December 12th 2011


26646 Comments


yeah see that was the facetious part of my comment, you know, the obvious part.

Zorak
December 12th 2011


3191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Genre Wars. New on the Discovery Channel.

qwe3
December 12th 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just saying that your original comment is like dismissing britney spears' music because she sucks at guitar

Emim
December 12th 2011


26646 Comments


she does suck at guitar, tho

Hordewolf
December 12th 2011


353 Comments


So, people are still fighting over this guy?



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