In the past year, young Aubrey "DRAKE" Graham has been recording on the low, building an empire on the low and secretly taking over the game. This past weekend was major including the Mayweather vs Canelo fight on Saturday and another glued-to-my-seat episode of Breaking Bad. Somewhere in between those two events rumors started spreading that iTunes mistakenly made Drake's new album available to purchase. Nobody could confirm until random suspicious possibly photoshopped jpegs started surfacing of the album playing on peoples computers. Sure enough last night (Sunday) conveniently following Breaking Bad, Nothing Was The Same did in fact leak, only it was track by track and the initial source was never identified. At this point "leaking" your album early can only benefit you in the big picture.
I wouldn't be surprised if Drake leaked the project himself, knowing the anticipation of the album was at the highest threat level. Drake's music has always resonated with me deeply due to his intense storytelling and my ability to relate to a twenty something year old. I'm still processing and sorting out the details of Nothing Was The Same, but already having listened to it a dozen times, I can say he doesn't disappoint one damn bit. There's nothing extra I would have wanted out of this album. Perfect production, just the right amount of featured friends and minimal young money support. Of course Drake is Young Money Cash Money Records forever but he did ink an independent label deal with Warner (OVO Sound) and his bff Noah "40" Shebib last year allowing him to be more independent. Since his last album Take Care, Drake moved out to Los Angeles and with that said, Nothing Was The Same.
Tom Ford is the Tuscan Leather Drake is referring to and apparently it smells like a brick. 6 minutes of pure rap. If that isn't rap I don't know what is. One of the keys to making a great album are the transitions it possess. this record has multiple. Can't quote much of the album because if I did I would quote them all and this would turn into a thesis on Nothing Was The Same: A Drake Story. The soul of Whitney Houston can be felt lying in the song sample. It's only right the executive producer of the album, 40 produces the intro.
Furthest Thing is produced by a dude named Hagler possibly Mike, unconfirmed and 40. I call the the actual intro. Tuscan Leather was the pre party before the party started.
Started. So Started From The Bottom produced by Mike Zombie has gone double platinum since it's release back in February. Everything was independent about this song, from the promotion to the video, Drake did it himself. He has grown his cult following by a few million since the last album, which gives him the confidence to stay completely original and try different things. Everything so far has worked. The titles expression has potentially been used from anyone to your local priest to Obama for sure.
Late last week pre-order of Nothing Was The Same became available on iTunes and the song Wu Tang Forever produced by 40, was released with that. Featuring vocals from Wu Tang record It's Yourz, the song is anything but gangsta. The blend of rap into singing does kill though.
I'm wondering how many babies born in the future will be able to say, "yeah I was conceived during the Drake song Own It." Produced by 40 (unconfirmed) Own It is a step in the right direction of slow jams. More storytelling from rapping and singing perspectives.
Did you know that British Columbia spells Behavior (Behaviour)? Well they do and Canadian Drizzy uses it for the next record Worst Behaviour. Also my personal favorite at this time. Apparently Dj Dahi alongside 40, produced this demonic turn up track and it seriously makes my neck hurt. Drake uses his big boy voice in his worst behavior to angrily vent on the track. Wow #INDJDAHIWETRUST.
Some features including Jhene Aiko weren't included on the "official" track list released, but released on the "unofficial track list" last month. Hippy Soul Jhene Aiko ends up on the song From Time. Production orchestrated by 40 and produced by Chilly Gonzalez. Drake and Jhene really sound like they are talking to each other lowkey.
I wasn't a fan of Hold On, We're Going Home when it first released. I can also admit when I am wrong about a record because the song has grown on me heavily in the past couple weeks. Maybe it was bad timing initially, but it stayed strong and found its way into my heart. The song features a newly signed artist to OVO Sound, Majid Jordan and young producer Nineteen85. The song has gone Gold with over 550,000 copies sold and will continue to grow in the anticipation of the album Nothing Was The Same releasing September 24th.
Another strong favorite of mine is Connect produced by Hudson Mohawke. An baseball commentator announcing a homerun (not sure what game or what player). The sound is different and dark and I love it. SWANGIN' is the phrase Drake uses throughout the song. Pure heat.
The one and only Young Money Cash Money feature comes from The Language and it features a ghetto sermon from bossman Bryan "Stunna/Birdman/Baby" Williams. I haven't been able to read between the lines too well, but there are rumors that the first line Drake raps is directed to and is a response to Kendrick Lamar.
Transition to 305 To My City produced by Young Money Cash Money producer Detail. Sounds like an ode the Miami (305), which makes sense this is where the YMCMB compound is stationed. Another song I have trouble reading between the lines.
Drake and super singer Sampha appeared on Jimmy Fallon Late Show to premiere and perform a new song Too Much. Drake also worked with Sampha on another song they released called The Motion. Sampha is best known from his vocals and collaborations with SBTRKT.
The first song to spring a leak last night (leaknight) was Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 featuring Jay Z. Such a smooth and melodic sample of Ellie Goulding Don't Say A Word, playing in the background. Yes Jay Z has legit bars, but this is why the song transitions to Paris Morton Music 2. Drake won't let Jay Z take the throne on this one. Boi-1da, Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett co produce the song. Paris Morton is supposedly a woman Drake knows.
The album closes with a feel good, top down record called Come Thru. At about 2:20 the song drops in tempo and transitions into a freak nasty vocal seduction. Long time friend Chase N. Cashe gets the opportunity to bless and complete Nothing Was The Same.
All Me produced by Key Wane technically closes the album, it just doesn't fit or make sense in that location. However it is still a club banger with features from 2 Chainz and Big Sean. The original version released included an intro from Aziz Anzari (taken from Funny People) and a transition to a minute outro of Drake rapping.
Drake's third solo album Nothing Was The Same definitely stands tall and in it's own league. He is someone who accepts his individuality and doesn't try and copy what is trending. A motivational and highly inspiring album to say the least. A nationwide tour Would You Like A Tour is starting 2 days before Nothing Was The Same releases. (September 22nd NY) This album is a complete show in itself. I predict well over 550,000 albums sold first week. I'll leave you with a snapple fact, Drake will appear on Justin Timberlake upcoming sequel to The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2. Epic.