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Take Care, A Brief Look At Drake’s Second Effort

Posted: November 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , | No Comments »

Well October’s very own is back at it again with his second of what fans hope to be a saga of great albums. I can’t lie a week ago when I heard Take Care leaked I was on it, so here’s my opinion on Drake’s second effort.

“I guess I killed everybody in the game last year, fuck it I was on though,” says a confident Drake on his intro track “Over My Dead Body.” Seems like Toronto’s ambassador picks up exactly where he left off from his previous album Thank Me Later. Yet, Take Care is a journey through his humble beginnings as a mixtape artist and his adaption to his new found fame. Mix that concoction with a dose of his patented love tracks and you’ve got a pretty dope project.

While Drake conveys tales of his aspirations to garner the same success as label mate Lil Tunechi in “Underground Kings,” he addresses his critics in “Lord Knows”. The track features Maybach Music Group general Rick Ross and the production is courtesy of the one and only Just Blaze. In comparison to majority of the songs featured on Take Care, this is one goes the hardest. Not only that, but both Drake and Ross deliver a phenomenal verbal onslaught of lyrics. Aside from that, Drake sticks to his formula of love, lust, and heartbreak. He collaborates with Rihanna on the upbeat love track creatively titled “Take Care” (coincidence? We think not), which solidified the I help your album you help mine deal. The homie Nicki doubles back to the studio for another (Drake) album feature on the independent women tribute track “Make Me Proud” as Minaj eloquently puts it “Imma star, sheriff badge!”

Don’t let the radio waves gas you. While “Headlines”, “Marvin’s room,” and the newest single getting bookoo spins “HYFR” (Hell Ya Fuckin Right) features Weezy are premiere records on the album. Drake still creatively mixes his R&B and Hip Hop abilities to bring a unique sound to what has transformed into an untraditional Hip Hop album. Keep your ears open for “Crew Love,” which features newest Canadian sensation The Weeknd. The track has become an instant sub topic on twitter “Hey are you loving the crew?” and the bonus track “Hate Sleeping Alone” which wreaks of honesty and something a lot of listeners can relate to. So that’s just how I about Drizzy’s second effort, so listen to the album and let Drake Take Care of the rest, no pun intended. – Shah A.

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