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2011 sophomore album from the Canadian rapper. The album features collaborations and production from the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Andr‚ 3000, Boi-1da, Noah 40 and others. Features 'Headlines' and 'Make Me Proud'.
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One night a post appeared on my Facebook wall that Amazon was offering this album for 25¢, so of course I was like "Well, I'll give it a go!" I have to say that it was a wonderful investment. My perception of Drake's music has changed dramatically after this purchase. I see him now not only as a rapper, but a 'floetrist.' He actually SAYS something within his lyrics. He may sometimes speak of adult situations but he doesn't go over the top with it as many artists do. My favorite songs on this album are "Headlines," "Marvin's Room," and "Hyfr."
Thanks to a GREAT Amazon promotion, Drake got a new fan!
And I have to admit that I was surprised. The record is better than I thought it had any real reason to be. Drake is not a particularly good rapper (he is clumsy and his punchlines are rarely memorable) and his singing voice is nothing to write home about. But he does have some sort of charm and a clear vision for how he wants his record to sound and flow. That sort of ambition is nice, especially in an era when putting together an entire album is something of a lost art form. He even creates a few memorable songs in the title track, and "Crew Love", which features the Weeknd. "The Real Her" features some fairly pedestrian singing, but it does have a verse from Andre 3000, and his presence on the mic always lifts everything he's on. And "Lord Knows" has a terrific Just Blaze beat and a terrific guest verse from Rick Ross. So even in an album that is clearly meant to be heard from beginning to end there are some top notch individual moments.
And the production on the record is unified, and excellent throughout. The record has a great sound, perfect for a drive at three 'o' clock in the morning. The beatmakers and producers (most notably Noah "40" Shelib, the records main producer) have done a fantastic job here.
So why the three star rating? Well, again, Drake is not much of a rapper. His flow is clumsy at best and he rarely has anything of real interest to say. Where someone like Kanye can mix the introspective with the humorous and playfulness, Drake is dead serious. He also occasionally tries to play like some gangster, and that pose is entirely phony and comes across as such.
Singing wise he's not much better. His voice warbles, which to some might come across as intimate but to me comes across as just not very good. There is also entirely too much of his singing, especially on the middle section of the record.
And there are many songs that don't work. "Cameras" is boring and drones on for too long. Drake sounds uninterested on "We'll Be Fine", and that feeling certainly rubs off on the listener. Lead off single "Headlights" is false bravado that Drake lacks the skills in really selling. And second single "Marvin's Room" might as well be called "Playa Haters Anthem", as all it is a dude seriously hating for five endless minutes.
So, should you buy "Take Care"? Sure, why not. I can pretty readily admit that this record was not meant for someone of my disposition and musical tastes, especially in hip-hop, but the record surprised me by not being all that bad. I can understand why people who really dig the dude and what he is doing would find this to be a great record. I don't think it is, but if you find yourself wanting a modern commercial rap record, "Take Care" is certainly better than anything Waka Flaka Flame has ever put out.