Drake’s highly anticipated album was due to be released on September 24. Fortunately, as is the case with just about every album nowadays, it leaked a week early and was instantly absorbed by the internet.
Universal Music Group did the customary thing where they pull a few videos off the web and make it look like they’re legitimately trying to do some damage control, but in the end everybody knows the deal: Once an album leaks, it’s a done deal.
Thus far, the reviews for Nothing Was the Same are mostly positive. At this stage in the game everybody knows what to expect from Drake, and Drake knows what everyone expects. That makes the process go a lot smoother. Whereas his first album, Thank Me Later, was a confusing compilation of tracks that weren’t even better than some of his mixtape songs, Take Care hit the perfect note. It didn’t try to be anything other than what it was – a bunch of good songs. Not too deep. Nothing historic. Just an enjoyable listen, from start to finish.
Nothing Was the Same follows in Take Care’s footsteps. You’ll never confuse Jimmy with Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole or any of the other preeminent young rappers in the game now lyrically, but just on the basis of making pleasant tunes, he’s as good as anyone in music today.
Check out some of the best cuts from Nothing Was the Same below.