OK Canada, let the beat drop. The reigning King of Canuck Rap returns with his latest album Take Care. Filled primarily with moody tracks and subdued beats, Drake creates the ultimate in coffee house rap. If Take Care was a live recording it would be more like an intimate evening with Drake, rather than an arena concert.
Even though the music might be a moody, jazz flavoured vibe, Drake doesn’t hold back on the lyrics. On tracks like Over My Dead Body, Headlines and the album’s opening track Cameras, he tells it like it is without holding back. At times Take Care brings to mind the soulful side of Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, The Roots or even Dream Warriors.
Standout tracks include the title track which features Rihanna, Crew Love with guest The Weeknd and Make Me Proud featuring Nicki Minaj. HYFR is the toughest track on the album and perfectly works with Lil Wayne, who drops a ton of F-bombs along with Drake. Stevie Wonder also makes an appearance on Doing It Wrong, which could be the biggest single if they chose to release it – that harmonica is unmistakably Stevie.
The best thing about Take Care is that it doesn't fall into the usual Canadian rap trap of overly produced commercial fodder. It’s a street level album with some great guests, a good vibe and a whole lotta’ attitude.