So where do I start? Lets just jump right in; this Take Care album is straight fire! No exaggeration it's a hot album from start to finish, when he said Thank Me Later he must have been referring to this album because thank yous are definitely in order for this joint.
Now before the Draters (Drake Haters) start screaming d**k rider let's begin digging into the album from a critical stand point. First off I think this album consist of maybe 3 fillers tops, and those are “We'll Be Fine,” “Cameras,” “Look What You've Done” and even those are arguably good tracks.
I think where the over critical analyses lies with Drake is from his own fan base and what they want to hear from him, half his fans simply don't want to hear any singing with the exception of the hook, and of course women on the other hand are all for the love songs. Then you have the listeners like me who's been rocking with Drizzy since early 2007 before the singing, then got introduced to it later on and saw it as a bonus. I feel a healthy balance of both is what makes Drake who he is.
This Take Care album has a perfect mixture of Drake and R&B Drizzy, there is no way you can doubt his lyrical prowess on tracks like “Under Ground Kings,” “Hyfr (Hell Ya F*****g Right)” featuring Lil Wayne, “The Ride” (iTunes Bonus) and of course “Lord Knows” which he's really talking some s**t on.
That record in participial defines where Drizzy is in his career at this point, he's completely comfortable in his own skin and he's become much more confident which you can hear in the rhymes. He really feels like he's the one that can old the crown, they say you don't know who you truly are as artist until your third album and Drake is already showing you glimpses of what he's going to become.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Drake's vocals have improved immensely; just goes to show you what vocal training and some studio magic can do.
Though he's not actually a real singer per say, it doesn't change the fact that he's a incredible song writer and when he does sing, it works for the songs he writes. Songs like “Doing It Wrong,” “The Real Her,” and “Good Ones Go Interlude” are all solid R&B stacks that any R&B artist will respect.
Then you have the best-of-both-worlds joints like “Shot For Me,” “Marvins Room,” that have a great balance of both versions of Drake and of course the title track “Take Care” featuring Rihanna, which I guarantee you will be the biggest record on the album.
And Of course you have records like “Motto” on which Drake completely channels the Bay Area, already becoming a street anthem, though I feel like Lil Wayne under delivered on his feature.
Speaking of features the album has the right amount and didn't go over the top, that Kendrick Lamar interlude was definitely a good look and is surely a prelude to something else to come from Drake and Kendrick. The Rick Ross feature “Lord Knows” is also a sign of what's to come from Drake and Rick Ross on their collabo mixtape YOLO (You Only Live Once).
The hottest new R&B act The Weeknd who's been in the studio allot with Drake, his features on the album are merely a fraction of what these two have been doing.
The overall subject matter of the album is more of the same you expect from Drake, that average Joe rap that everyone can relate to. From relationships, heartbreak, ex-girlfriends, fame, family to money; the album has a little bit of everything.
If your not a Drake fan then there is more than enough content on here for you to pick from to call him soft, gay or whatever other reasons you make up to dislike him. The overalls fans will be bumping this joint straight through to January and the over critical fans will at least like half the album.
I give this album 4.5 out of 5.
It's a great album but doesn't scream classic, hence the imperfect score; but that's just me what's your rating?