Album Review: Drake – Take Care

“Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it…and take care until next time,” tweeted Drake last night as he found out his highly anticipated record Take Care was leaked to the public.

Instead of complaining about it, Toronto’s very own acknowledged it as a normal part of the music industry. Some may say that a leak is the most horrible thing that could happen to an artist, but once you listen – really truly listen to Take Care, you’ll understand why people would purchase music, in the age of technology and file sharing, to support their favourite artist. This album has been long awaited but not overdue. All this time standing by for Drake‘s sophomore album (can you believe it’s only his second CD?) was worth every second and our mind, soul, and ears could not be more pleased.

Take Care starts off with refined piano lines on “Over My Dead Body” in which Drake spits about his life and journey as a music artist so far. It gives an overview of what’s to come: Heartbreak, haters, and success. It’s a great moment to be a Torontonian when you get to “Crew Love” which features The Weeknd‘s intense and enchanting vocals folded in with Drizzy‘s verses on his love/hate relationship with his audience. Things go on a little bit of a wave as the next track “Take Care” with R&B Princess Rihanna speeds things up then mellowed out with the celebrated “Marvin’s Room”. On “Underground Kings”, Drake inevitably shouts out the Underground Kingz with great respect after having worked with half of UGK‘s Bun B on “Put It Down” last year.

There are many recognizable names on the list of collaborators on Take Care including Young Money Chief Executive Lil Wayne on 3 tracks (including bonus track), the legendary Stevie Wonder, Andre 3000, Nicki Minaj, and Teflon Don himself, Rick Ross. “Make Me Proud” with Young Money’s resident barbie Nicki Minaj is without a doubt one to take note of, although it is not comparable to their first collab “Moment 4 Life”.

“The Real Her” is a groove with Drake, Andre 3000, and Lil Wayne. With 3 of the best, it’s grounds for an impressive song and you’ll find yourself singing along to it. “Doing It Wrong” is the heavy-hearted confessional that speaks volumes; Drizzy drops heavy weight on that void in your chest you’ve been trying to ignore with verses like “We live in a generation of, not being in love, and not being together/But we sure make it feel like we’re together/Because we’re scared to see each other with somebody else”. Stevie Wonder closes it with a stirring harmonica solo letting you bask in the brutal honesty that was sophistic-ally laid down.

With all the different sounds on Drake‘s Take Care, there’s one thing in common that runs through the veins of the entirety of the album – Toronto. He puts on for his city wherever he goes, whether it’s in the city or all over the world. Only last week was he brought out by King of The Dot founder Organik at Flatline, one of KOTD‘s Toronto chapter battle rap events.

It’s been quite a ride for October’s Very Own, but Take Care until next time.

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