A Totally Biased Album Review: Drake “Take(s) Care” of Business With Sophomore Album

Drake has had an incredible amount of highs and lows in his early career. From a twitter devoted to his eyebrows (rightfully so, those things are caterpillars!), to his amazingly constructed shows, and his odd relationship with Lil’ Wayne, his Young Money boss. Many people were wondering what Drake would do to follow up his amazing debut, “Thank Me Later”, and let me be the first to say, many, including myself, didn’t give Drake much of a shot. Drizzy proves us wrong… again.

The album cover depicts a man unhappy with success, something the tracks also echo

In a growing age of digital music, where you are forced to have an “iTunes banger” to really get the traffic you desire, Drake fits in perfectly, thank to his incredible flow, emotional lyrics, and his ability to rip off his own hooks, with an amazing voice to boot. On top of all that, Drizzy handled the leak of his album like a true professional. He took to Twitter to tell fans to listen, and only buy it if they enjoy it, and even streamed it to his personal website, something he definitely learned from J. Cole, who did the same a few months ago when his album leaked also.

With an album loaded with features, I decided to take a new route to reviewing this album. I categorized all the tracks, since Drizzy has so many different styles, and a plethora of guests on the album. Don’t worry however, I’ll still touch on every song, and which ones are really worth your time. I highlighted the track title’s in case anyone only has interest in a handful of tracks, most of them can also be clicked on for a YouTube link [Cause I got you like that]. The number preceding the song title is the number track on the actual album. I hope you enjoy the album as much as I did. Take Care readers.

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Ridin’ Solo
Aka. RnB Drizzy and Rapid Fire Drake

1. Over My Dead Body
2. Shot For Me
3. Headlines
6. Marvin’s Room/Buried Alive Interlude
7. Underground Kings
8. We’ll Be Fine
11. Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude
15. Look What You’ve Done
16. Practice

Drake always delivers on his solo joints,the only question is what Drake will you be getting before you slip the ear buds in. There’s the RnB Drizzy, with soft chorus’ and his serenade skills, and there’s his rapping counterpart, the Drake that will drop a quick 24 before you have time to take a breath. “Over My Dead Body” is the perfect blend of both. It’s the best track to open the album, and is produced by his OVO squeez Noah “40” Shebib. Forty also got to produce my single favorite track on the album, “Shot For Me“. Definitely one of the slower songs, I find the beat to be amazing, with phenomenal lyrics from Drizzy.

Drizzy Drake lookin' fly as a muhhfucka.

Drake finally busts out in “Headlines“. He took Boi-1nda’s beat, straight to the cleaners on this one. It leaked a good while back, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth skipping over. The biggest promo track for Drake was our next track “Marvin’s Room“. It was remixed by half the entire rap game, and probably symbolizes the Drake that people dislike most, which is his “woe is me, I hate being famous, blah blah blah”. But hey, you know what you’re getting yourself into with Drake, and it’s definitely worth dealing with.

T-Minus produced “Underground Kings“, and also snagged production rights to HYFR with Lil Wayne. Although I prefer the latter, UGK is still a banger. The beat is unlike any of the others, and might be Drizzy’s best in terms of flow and lyricism. Drake keeps his stranglehold over our ears with “We’ll Be Fine“, a mellowed out track with an extremely simple beat, but a chorus that goes as hard as any other. Drizzy flips the rhyme scheme three or four times over the course of the track, which is welcomed by rap fans and RnB fans alike.

If your a hip hop fan, you know that Lex Luger, only 20 years old, is perhaps the hottest producer in the game right now. Drizzy drops “Cameras/Good Ones Go” directed at the ladies, but it isn’t as slow as you might expect. This one took a few plays to really win me over, but it deserves a fair shot. Drake pours out everything he has in “Look What You’ve Done“. With verses about his Mom, his Uncle, and a voicemail recording from his grandma to close out the track, he gave fans more of himself than any other rapper has this year. You have to expect a plethora of heartfelt songs when you cop a Drake album, but he truly outdid himself with this one. “Practice” starts out with a slow, mafioso type beat in the background, and you can almost imagine it’s on in the background for the album photo shoot.

The Features
Aka. A Dream Team Lineup

4. Crew Love (Feat. The Weeknd)
5. Take Care (Feat. Rihanna)
9. Make Me Proud (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
10. The Lord Knows (Feat. Rick Ross)
12. Doing it Wrong (Feat. Stevie Wonder)
13. The Real Her (Feat. Lil Wayne & Andre 3000)
14. HYFR (Feat. Lil Wayne)
17. The Ride (Feat. The Weeknd)
18. The Motto (Feat. Lil Wayne) [BONUS Track]

Well holy shit, did Drizzy have some favors owed his way or what?! Drake was able to scoop up a multitude of talented rappers, an RnB princess, Rap’s baddest bitch, Stevie himself, and even Andre three stacks. Track number four blesses us with Crew Love featuring The Weeknd, who like Drake, comes from Canada. Not a hard feature to pick up, since Drake signed him late last year. The Weeknd specializes in RnB ish, and belts out a perfect verse, with a slow, piano based beat, which picks up periodically to smack you in the face with some techno.

Take Care, the album’s title track, immediately follows after, which I can almost guarantee, will be a radio hit, and an enormous one at that. One of the best tracks on the entire album, and will be the favorite of many. On Make Me Proud, we get an in-depth look at the relationship of Drake and Nicki Minaj. If I had to put my money on it either way, I would say they both use the gossip rags to fuel both their careers. Drakes verse has a purposeful ambiguity to it, making you wonder if he’s talking to Nicki or not. Miss Minaj of course goes crazy on the track, as expected. The beat is simple, but it suits both of them perfectly.

Drizzy + The Bawse = Body Bag

The Lord Knows, that when Ricky Rozay and Drizzy Drake both go in on a track, it will be completely destroyed. Add to the fact that the beat is one from producing phenom, Just Blaze, and I knew this one was a wrap. Drake opens the track with an enormous 56 bar set before The Bawse finished it off with a verbal beatdown. Look out for their joint mixtape, tentatively titled “YOLO” (You Only Live Once). Not to discredit Rick Ross, but, Stevie Mother-effin Wonder?! Jesus, Drizzy won’t let off the gas with his special guests. Doing it Wrong is the slowest track on the album, with two verses only four bars deep. The hook and chorus is where Drizzy really croons about a female that he knows he shouldn’t be with, but he finds it impossible to leave her. Wonder takes us out with a beautiful harmonica solo that lasts for the final 1:15.

Fans of older rap truly appreciate the greatness that is Andre 3K. The Real Her was the track I was most excited to listen to and it didn’t disappoint at all. Weezy belts out an actual heartfelt verse, and even does the rare thing of telling a short story with it. The track, lasting a full five minutes, had strong deliveries from all the artists, but especially the former Outkast front man, who drops his verse much faster than Drake and Weezy, rounding out a perfect track. His second song with Wayne, HYFR, standing for Hell Ya Fucking Right, surprised me. When I saw the title, I wasn’t expecting much at all, if anything. Boy was I wrong. The track is probably in the top five for a Drizzy/Weezy collab, and that says a lot. Drake’s first verse is one of the best on the album, and Weezy’s isn’t far behind.

Expect a handful of remix’s to the last two tracks, the first of which sees The Weeknd and Drake drop the verses of the century on “The Ride“… Kidding of course. There are no lyrics to the song, just a techno beat backdrop. I’m surprised The Motto was a bonus track, because it’s straight fire. Classic Weezy verse, with probably one of the best beats on the album.

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Incredible album, from front to back

In a year that saw many fantastic albums, from “Watch The Throne”, to “Carter IV”, and even “Sideline Story”, Drake did a fantastic job making “Take Care” stand out. The features were incredible on so many levels, and he is the only rapper out there to make as many soft songs as he does bangers, and still keep a mass amount of his male fans. Although their fans battle for their supremacy far too often, J. Cole and Drizzy killed the rap game this year.

I would definitely suggest purchasing the album, and I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did. At the end of the day, Drake is the sole MC who has no problem pouring his heart out over a track, and telling you exactly like it is… and after that songs over, he’ll make you kick the bass up, drop down the beats, and listen in awe as he drops a quick 16. There is no other person taking the risks that Drake does, and purchasing his album isn’t one you have to worry about.

Comments
One Response to “A Totally Biased Album Review: Drake “Take(s) Care” of Business With Sophomore Album”
  1. Travis Rand says:

    Definitely one of the best, but I’m really partial to “Shot For Me”. Glad you enjoyed it Nate!

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