‘Take Care’ | Drake

| Cadenza Reporter

For fans of
Lil Wayne, J. Cole, The Weeknd
Singles to download
“Marvins Room,” “Take Care,” “Crew Love”

Aubrey Drake Graham, more commonly known as Drake, has now almost become rap royalty. Many major hip-hop and R&B artists have collaborated with him, and his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” sold a million and a half copies with only one top 10 single. His new album, “Take Care,” has already spawned two hit singles: “Headlines” and “Make Me Proud,” which features Nicki Minaj.

As a whole, the album just seems very “Drake.” The rapper is introspective, dark and vulnerable as he explores his newfound fame and his past relationships. “Take Care” is creative, but it also stays in what has become Drake’s lane of rapping and singing his deepest emotions. The rapper has said that this album was less about creating radio hits and more about telling stories, and there’s no doubt that he delivered on his word. Songs like “Marvins Room,” “Look What You’ve Done” and “Over My Dead Body” display Drake’s uncanny ability to lay a story out in front of his listeners.

On the other hand, his album isn’t without its catchy moments. One of the best songs on the album, the title track “Take Care,” features an all-too-catchy hook from his “What’s My Name” collaborator, Rihanna. Far from the only guest, Rihanna is also joined on the album by Lil Wayne, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Birdman, Nicki Minaj and R&B newbie The Weeknd—who appears on five songs. The Weeknd is featured on another one of the better songs, “Crew Love,” which blends the singer’s musical style with Drake’s. While “Thank Me Later” was great, “Take Care” is even better as Drake expands the storytelling abilities that we have come to love.

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