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September 27, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 4

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Drake releases LP

Drake has certainly come a long way from the token black guy/handicapped character he
portrayed in the Canadian television teen-smash: "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Perhaps the role of an over-privileged actor is the notorious "bottom" that Drake brags about starting from on his third LP, Nothing Was the Same.
For those who are familiar with Drake, don't worry; Nothing Was the Same should be titled
Pretty Much Everything is the Same.
If you are new to Drake or, like me, have just ignored his existence for the past five years, Drake is Lil' Wayne's sidekick and protégé, providing the more sensitive side of hip hop, entwined with catchy, misogynistic lyrical themes.
His new album is certainly single-oriented, as from beginning
to end, the LP is a little monotonous, and it is unclear as to when one should zone into the music. Tracks like: "Started from the Bottom," "Hold On, We're Coming," "All Me" and "Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2" are standouts, which feature hip hop friends Jay Sean, 2 Chainz and Jay Z.
The most impressive song, however, is easily "Wu-Tang Forever." Drake raps with distorted vocals and synthesized instrumental pads, reminiscing of a past love who shared an appreciation for the Clan.
Drake is certainly no RZA or Ol' Dirty Bastard, though displays his self-indulgence on Nothing Was the Same, discussing how his life has evolved from his portrayal of Jimmy on the Canadian Television Network.

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