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Thank Me Sometime Soon

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This post was scribed by my boy @LylevsTony. If all goes according to plan *rubs hands together diabolically* you’ll be seeing more from him (and more from me, ha!) here. Enjoy this post.

Gangster Rapper, Aubrey Graham

Well, the fuss is over.  Thank Me Later has dropped and the hype has died down…considerably.  We went through a period of projected sales, endless spins on the radio *Tell meeeeee what’s really goin’ on*, and of course, the haters.  In fact, the haters came out in full force (riot gear included).  Still, that is to be expected for someone who has come pretty much out of nowhere, aka Canada, to end up holding The Game in a Figure Four Leg Lock, or Sharpshooter depending on your move-set.  I kind of like the album, but many, many, many, people feel otherwise.  The number one complaint I have come across is: “He sings too much,” which more or less equals: “It’s waaaaay too soft.” My reaction always looks something like, -_- .  Did everybody else miss the fact that a while back, he nicknamed himself Heartbreak Drake?  That’s a pretty big indicator of what to expect as far as content goes.  If I play a track where Fabolous calls himself “Funeral Fab,” I’m sure that somewhere along the line, there will be death in his lyrics.  Similarly, if Heartbreak Drake drops an album, I would be more than surprised if I thought I was listening to Beanie Sigel’s The Truth.  Let’s be honest; Drake is not coming Straight Outta Compton, and I doubt he knows Who Shot Ya.  In fact, unless I missed it, he never tried to position himself in that light anyway.  As far as I’m concerned, he’s just a dude with bars who also happens to sing. Very often.

Here’s a challenge: listen to So Far Gone again.  For those who don’t know, that’s the title of the mixtape that propelled him from the depths of the underground onto the main stage(s).  At the time, it was more than refreshing; it was what we needed.  Ripe with punchlines and variety, it featured some of the biggest names (Weezy, Bun B), as well as some names unknown to many (Lykke Li).  Still, not too many that it seemed crowded.  Overall, it was good music (no Kanye).  Now that I think about it, I think I’ll put that on now. #pressplay.  It only takes the first 2 or 3 tracks to get the gist of Drake’s style: a rapping-singing hybrid thing.  This is definitely not a bad angle.  So, why is it that So Far Gone was revolutionary and original, while Thank Me Later was “too soft?”

One word: Flow.

A friend of mine *cough* @Meezyy *cough* brought this simple problem to my attention.  In an entry over at his blog, SongZige, he inferred that the overall flow of the album was off.  The track listing seemed erratic and, therefore, made the album less enjoyable than it should have been.  He even went as far as to rearrange them in an order he believed to be better more suitable.  Eureka! @Meezyy’s Thank Me Later was better than Drake’s Thank Me Later after simply switching the order of the songs.  How can this be?! The kid’s got talent…seriously, the kid’s got talent.

Alas, there will always be those who will forever prefer bang-bang-shootem-up-pitchin-rocks-on-da-corner music.  That’s perfectly fine with me, but even though Styles P is at-bat on my iPod, Lupe is on deck, and Wiz Khalifa is warming up.  It’s safe to say that the new generation of Hip-Hop heads is more than willing to make room for so called, “soft rappers.”  I’m also pretty sure there was a similar backlash when gangsta rap came on the scene.  Then again, music has always evolved to suit the times (see: Fight the Power and/or F*ck the Police).  Either way, the stars have pretty much aligned in favor of Aubrey “Drake” Graham, and I’m interested to see how it all turns out.  Who knows; maybe like mainstays such as Jay-Z, people will start really appreciating the 1st album further in his career.  He may actually receive some gratitude down the line…or Grammys.  After getting through that media circus, I will no longer let these things take over my life.  *cross my heart* Now, if you’ll excuse me, SportsCenter’s on.  I have to catch up on Lebronocalyse.



Written by PJ

July 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

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  1. Y’know I feel where you’re coming from, but I don’t quite agree all the way. Even in the new order, I’m still not feeling it. It’s not about the order or flow, it really is the content.

    You hit the nail on the head – it’s a bit too soft. Not to say hip hop needs to be gritty all the time, but I grow tired of hearing about break ups and women all the time.

    There’s definitely a spot for him though, LL and Ghostface rapped about their heartbreaks. But the reason the average cat still rocked with them is because they contrasted the woman talk with some other kind of tough man talk. Even on So Far Gone, he found that balance which is why I was surprised he deviated from it on the new album.

    With all that said, he’ll rock. Men don’t buy albums, women do. And Young Money is about making $$$, it’s in their company name. Heartbreak Drake will continue to thrive.

    Seattle Washington

    July 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

  2. Very good argument coming from Camp Drake. Your argument didn’t scream ” I Love Drake’s crotch” like some of the die-hard Drakettes out there and I’m not referring to the females.

    I totally agree with @Meezy’s point around the fact that the album had a very poor flow which honestly took away from the album. But whether you put track 1 in place of 15 or 9AM to Dallas as the Intro, a spade is a spade. The album is more of an R&B toned album then a hip hop album. No one is saying that RIM’s posterboy should be singing about guns, crack and tricks. But similar to the dopeboy rappers of crack, Drake has monotony as far as subject matter for this album.

    Now as a hip hop critic, I feel Drake did not set a proper foundation for himself to be considered not in just artist discussions but more importantly, MC/lyricists discussions.

    BLaCk Bruce WaYnE

    August 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

  3. Thanks for the props, homie.

    Jemar Meezy Souza

    August 29, 2010 at 11:41 am

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