Initial Thoughts On Drake’s Nothing Was The Same
The album starts promisingly with some typical “Drake drums”, the spread-out but hard-hitting thump dumps you can also hear on “Started From The Bottom” and elsewhere.
It should be noted, I think, that none other than Steve Jobs was responsible for (what I always called) the “Tuscan leather” look of certain iOS apps. Apple has since moved to a non-Tuscan leather, ‘flat’ design.
Cappadonna, C.R.E.A.M., Wu-Tang Forever: Drake’s certainly got an agenda. While I find it 100% laughable for anyone to make fun of the incongruity of Drake liking Wu-Tang (because honestly, everyone loves Wu-Tang, especially middle class kids who grew up in suburbs - duh). I earlier tweeted that Drake should have learned from the line, “The dumb are mostly intrigued by the drums” because too many songs on NWTS entirely lack a coherent drum part.
Drake vacillates almost violently between everything being for her (“you”) and telling shorties what to do.
Drake raps about his mom a lot. There’s a really touching part where he laments her psychological inability to get dressed up and leave the apartment to do something fun. I sort of feel the same way about my mother, and that part almost made me tear up on the subway this morning because I think about that a lot.
It was pretty humid and packed on the 5 express, so maybe it was just that, though.
Another thing I tweeted earlier (I only have a few ‘good’ ideas per day) was that the music blogosphere makes a lot of fun of Drake for being soft or whatever. I think that just betrays some callowness. As you get older and make more money, you start to spend more money on nice things: couches, beds, clothes. You don’t have to buy a couch from craiglist or pretend whatever the heck that outfit you pieced together from stuff that still fits from high school and the ripped up sweatshirt that might be your roommate is cool. But since Drake isn’t quite as obviously id-drunk ostentatious as Kanye (or ‘blinged’ out trap rap) — since he seems like a level-headed upper-middle class fellow who shops at LL Bean, J Crew, and Crate And Barrel — it’s easy to make fun of him for his bourgeoisie/not-quite-relatable values. But Drake is a lot like me. I like J Crew and Crate and Barrel.
I guess what I’m saying is that I find NWTS very relatable. But not always in ‘positive’ ways. I wrote previously that Drake is a template for modern masculinity whatever that means. He’s like a less ‘beta’ Nice Guy (TM). I went into NWTS wanting to read Drake as a Nice Guy 2.0, but I’m not sure yet if that reading fits. But I do know that Drake isn’t necessarily a nice guy. Not a nice guy, not yet a Nice Guy. Masculinity is hard, guys.
To be continued? Or not. Who knows?