Man how time flies, it seems like it was just a year ago I was telling everyone that this kid Drake had something special to offer to the game. At the end of 2006 I posted a track from him called City Is Mine (before the singing) and said this guy is going to be the future and I remember everyone saying I don’t know Chozen a rapper from Canada? It’s not gonna work, people just couldn’t see this kid from Degrassi being taken seriously in Hip Hop.
I don’t do too many album reviews but since this site was one of the first to cover Drake and became the go to source for everything Drizzy, it’s only right that we take a look at his journey. From before the singing to his first failed attempt a mainstream and then to finally reaching the defining moment that changed everything. I think it’s safe to say that there’s mixed reaction about this album but would you have the same reaction if you had only heard the singles and no leaks and yesterday was the first time you heard the album in it’s entirety? It affects the way you view album when you hear most of the tracks scattered over the web, none the less it doesn’t affect it to a point where it can make a good album suck.
Similar to Lil Wanye most of Drake’s best work isn’t on his album, though the album has some special moments like Over, Light Up and Miss Me and Miss Me especially reminds me of mixtape Drizzy which I think he intentionally went for with that track. That track is good but would have been better with original hook which simply sounded better, Light Up displays how veteran rappers are supposed to collaborate with the new comers in the game, and in classic Jigga fashion he schools Drake to the game and what to expect in the coming years. The album has healthy balance of Rap and R&B tracks and songs like Shut It Down and Find Your Love are two stand out the most to keep females interested and the fellas can appreciate those songs as well.
Listening to the album straight through you can hear some inconsistencies like Show Me A Good Time (should have been replaced with 90 AM In Dallas) which comes off a filler track and features from T.I. and Nicki Minaj were expected to be more epic but instead they fell short. Karaoke and The Resistance are very reminiscent of So Far Gone and are good songs depending on what your looking for from Drake. Then he pulls you back into the album with a song like Unforgettable which features Young Jeezy and apart the Jay-Z feature on Light Up, Jeezy is the most notable feature on the album and made the track a instant after your first listen.
Though the title Thank Me Now is a fitting title for the last track on the album the song is self isn’t special and left the album on a low note.
When it’s all said and done the album fell short of a classic, and more is to be expected from one of the leaders of the new school. He’s still one of my favorite new artists.
I give Thank me Later 3.5 out 5.
Download:Drake – Thank Me Later
Your score and thoughts on the album?