Tuscan Leather: It's a universal truth that once you clear the age of five, high pitched chipmunk voices just aren't as appealing as they used to be. Unless of course it's Drake chipmunkifying Whitney Houston for the masterful 6 minute long intro to my new favorite album. He makes a Coming to America reference, shouts out Ellen Degeneres, and Tom Ford too because that's what rappers do nowadays. Give it a few listens and you'll fall in love with the rock and roll vibes after that beat drop from the first verse.
Best Line: "Rich enough that I don't have to tell em that I'm rich/Self explanatory you just here to spread the story wassup"
Furthest Thing: Remember in middle school when you had to read assigned books and you would get that feeling of electric joy and excitement when you found the passage in the book in which the author states the title? This song is that moment. Drake reminisces on a girl he used to know (sigh probably a stripper because that's Drake's preference) and then halfway through the song it changes tracks completely into a jubilant tune that reminds me a bit of Lord Knows from Take Care with the exalting choir background vocals.
Best Line: "I still been plotting on the low, scheming on the low/The furthest thing from perfect like everyone I know"
Wu-Tang Forever & Own It: On my first listen through the album, I actually thought this was just one giant long song. There's a theme connecting the two of them and they even kind of blend together in a way that I love, so thanks Drake for the needless confusion. I guess there was a lot of controversy because Wu-Tang fans didn't like that Drake named the track what he named it, but eh I think Drake's sensitive self just wanted to give a bit of tribute to them I don't think he came from a place of disrespect. Drake was brought up to be an upstanding Canadian citizen! He meant no harm I promise! Wu-Tang has him talking about how the rap game is his, Own It has him talking about how his heart forever belongs to this girl he used to know, and that's basically Drake's whole rap career summed up in two songs.
Best Line: "Couple b****s tryna have me on the Maury like n***a it's yours you should be supportin"
Worst Behavior: THIS SONG gets me so hype I can't even. I would consider myself to be a fairly well-behaved individual. None of that matters when this track comes on my iPhone though because I was literally calmly walking to my class listening to this album (I haven't stopped listening to it since it came out) and when this song came on I actually took a moment to myself to Drizzy Hand in the middle of the street.
There is never a wrong time for that gif of him as a child.
Best Line: "I'm with my whole set, tennis matches at the crib/I swear I could beat Serena when she playin' with her left" I also really like the line about bar mitzvah money but I feel like that's everyone's favorite line because it's hilarious.
Hold On We're Going Home: This song sounds like NOTHING else on the radio right now. Everyone's bringing back the 90s and Drake was just like "nope I'm taking it even further back, let's jack this song up with 80s synth vocals and upbeat 80s workout music beats in the background" I adore the harmonies he does with Majid Jordan and the whole feel of the song. Best Line: None. Look at the rapgenius for this song because I didn't even realize that there actually no lyrics because he says the same 3 phrases over and over again. That's how catchy and awesome the song was. It blinded me to the lack of actual substance and even know that I know, I ain't even mad.
Too Much: Sampha Sampha Sampha Sampha Sampha. He has no clue who I am, but I really want him to understand how much I appreciate his soulful crooning and slightly creaky pitch. Drake's always been personal in his songs, but this song gets super real. We get that insider peek into his relationship with his mom and his uncle (two extremely important people in his life) and things aren't ideal and he's just trying to reach out to them and the chaos he's feeling inside is mirrored with the off kilter beats but juxtaposed with Sampha's melodic chorus and the lyrics of said chorus and I've thought about this a lot guys. A lot. Even though Sampha encourages me "don't think about it too much." Heheh!
Best Line: "I'm the only one that's putting shots up/And like a potluck you gotta come wit it/Don't run from it like H-Town in the summertime I keep it 100"
Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music II: There's no way I'm going to be able to pick a Best Line from this song. Most of the best lines I picked above were kind of arbitrary now that I think about it because I like all the lines in the songs which is why they're my favorites. I very slightly prefer Paris Morton Music II over Pound Cake just because that piano riff in the background makes me jubilant and I heart Drake reminiscing about the phone call from Lil Wayne that changed everything.
Best Line (this whole song is filled with oneliners but this one in particular cracks me up because it's the kind of thing I would think to myself): "They should put a couple more mirrors in here so I can stare at myself"
Come Thru: My favorite song on the album because Drake actually becomes like a parody of himself and rises to his soft hearted tender sensitive rapper status, but in the best way possible. That last minute or so when he's singing to this girl "Why has it been so long? Where have you been? Who you've been crying to? Who you been flying to? Who's bed are you sleeping in cuz someone's been hiding you?"
Yes. Those lyrics are sung by his golden voiced self and it's not even bad sounding it's just Drake being concerned and warm hearted like he always is. Let's take a moment to appreciate the good vibes from this track though. Did you take that moment? Because I would have really appreciated this song being released as a single or something over the summer since it's the perfect early evening/twilight/dusk summer cruising song when it's exactly 72 degrees outside and the moon and stars are in the sky but it's still light out and you're driving to the Spectrum to catch a movie with friends and everything's good.
The harmonies when he's singing "come through girl you deserve rounds tonight" are absolutely gorgeously layered I can play that part on repeat and be totally satisfied. But also at one point of this song he speaks about ordering chicken so there's also that poetic imagery too if you prefer it.
Best Line: "It's supposed to be a lot of hard working goin on/But who the f*#$ can focus with this twerkin' goin on?"
Wow. I applaud you for reaching the end of this post and making it through my heavily biased fangirly review of Drake's latest : ) I'm seeing him in Boston right after my birthday (October's Very Own WHOOP! We were born two days apart I'm just throwing that out there we belong together sorry not sorry I'm done now) and I don't know if you can tell, but I'm really excited to hear these songs live.