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Thursday, 26 September 2013



Ended At The Top.

Hey now All-Stars. In the same big headlines week that Toronto announced that it will hold the 2016 NBA All-Star game, Canada's most-current famous export released his brand new album. They know, they know, but read all about Drake, this Toronto star and GQ cover boy who returns grand like Slick Rick despite the "emotional" hate and critical thinking he was 'So Far Gone' like his epic E.P. Cult track after cult track and the eventual release of his welcome, definitive debut 'Thank Me Later' and it's 'Over', 'Find Your Love' and 'Fancy' singles seems like only yesterday, but there's been a stellar sophmore set ('Take Care') since then that got deeper and darker. Now the third times an even more introspective and inspired charm with the release of 'Nothing Was The Same'. It all changes now.

The YMCB crew member and protege of Lil' Wayne gets even bigger with this bold and brilliant album. Anything but Canadian dry, the toast of the T-Dot is the rapper who can wear his heart on his sleeve and still wet the competition with the hands dealt from his power poker face in this rap race. Drake has hot again with his latest and arguably biggest single. 'Started From The Bottom' is his new calling card and represents his career, his crew and even serves as the perfect entrance music for sports teams to run out to. More than the game, even the Toronto Raptors could get caught up in this rapture like LeBron did 'Forever'. For their new, high flying season they'll need an anthem like this to save them from NBA extinction. This rapper isn't going anywhere himself however now he's shown how to 'Drake it in America'. The T-Dot still marks the spot for this up North cold and cool lyricist who begins his new set with the smooth touch of the 'Tuscan Leather' cut which is made of the tougher Run-DMC black material.

The classic beats continue to cut, chop and change on the following far reaching 'Furthest Thing' , as Drake makes contradiction classic for a conflicted age rapping "Somewhere between psychotic and iconic/Somewhere between I want it and I got it/Somewhere between I'm sober and I'm lifted/Somewhere between a mistress and commitment", before the singles come into perfect play. Drake has clearly put a lot of thought and work into this experimental and evocative project. From his '5AM In Toronto' sequel to his collectable '9AM In Dallas' iTunes bonus pick to his first album to his Marvin Gaye deep 'Hear My Dear' inspirations. Not only the album that Gaye wrote and recorded as part of his divorces legal requirements (what a response to all that stress and 'Anger' from the late legend) has influenced Drake's tortured but tough soul. The rapper even records in the soul masters old studio 'Marvins Room' which is also the name of one of Drake's greatest tracks off his last legacy making album. The young/old, switched up, side profile, oil painting artwork of this album is even reminiscent of the Notorious B.I.G's 'Ready To Die', Nas' 'Illmatic' or his partner Wayne's 'Carter III' and 'IV'. It's clear Aubrey Graham is shooting for legendary status.

The promotional single 'Wu-Tang Forever' furthers this testament and tribute to the greatest rappers of all time. Singing "It's yours" in homage it's clear to hear the game belongs to him right now. Drake even has the alliance of current top tier rappers 2 Chainz and Big Sean on the latest single 'All Me'. It's the second single 'Hold On, We're Going Home' featuring Majid Jordan that is even better than the biggest 'Started From The Bottom' however with it's sing-along "I got my eyes on you, you're everything that I see/I want your hot love and emotion endlessly/I can't get over you, you left your mark on me" odes. The rhythmic, cool, almost 80's feeling cut that's a different but decadent rap record, crowd pleaser and your iPod's new favourite track on constant repeat is the tip of the top. The great Drake proves as well as having wonderful wordplay he also has that velvet voice. One so rhythmic it serves as an instrument behind his brooding beats like the likes of Mos Def and Kid Cudi. This results in sweet sounds beyond the raps that make even the off-key singing able to hit the right note. 'Own It' continues to kill the competition. While the kinetic, boom-boast of 'Worst Behaviour' displays this character at his charismatic best as the Canadian king border lines his life lyrics, rapping it up with the statement, "Yeah, back and forth across the border line/Hate to leave the city, but I've got to do the overtime".

There will be no O.T. in this game however as this Toronto rapper wins before the final buzzer with his clutch plays. The piano play of 'From Time' turns the hands towards a more beautiful giving rap track with the gifted guest spot of Jhené Aiko. Drake furthers his link with his numbers man producer 40 and their profound and punctuated production on 'Connect' before collaborating with his Cash Money head honcho Birdman on 'The Language' which will certainly translate into some wrote cheques for this Baby's boy. The finer points of the Detail assisted '305 To My City' is the perfect highway ride track for a drop top down road trip to the GTA. 'HoustonAtlantaVegas' never looked this good. Back on the map the formidable feature player gets 'Too Much' with Sampha before 'Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music' really tops the bill and is the post mortem icing for the competition. With the king of kings Jay-Z by his side rhyming and rapping this young prince can watch the throne that Jay and 'Ye balled so hard and collaborated in Paris for. More of a french kiss is given on the deluxe edition of this album that 'Comes Thru' with the direction of 'The Motion' which is a great way and move to close an album that will stand next to it's peers in both Drake's and his competitions catalogue proudly. You don't have to wait until 2016 to see an all-star baller shine in Toronto. Right now Drake is hosting and holding the game in his own arena. H.Y.F.R. nothing will be the same now Octobers own has come early this year. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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