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Famous for playing Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi” and “Hotline Bling,” Drake is a Canadian rapper, songwriter, singer, and actor. He released his first mixtape in 2006 and steadily progressed until he caught the eyes of other musicians and agencies.
He’s become world-famous now and amassed a net worth of nearly 180 million USD. Drake recently released his sixth album, “Certified Lover Boy,” in September this year. There has been a range of reactions when it comes to its reviews. Let’s break it down.
Everyone is used to Drake’s forlorn lover boy trope in his music, but the album art for his sixth album has taken the debate up a notch. It depicts emojis of 12 pregnant women of different ethnicities. Some say this is because Drake’s album was delayed by nine months.
It was designed by British artist Damien Hirst, someone familiar with controversial artwork.
Most of the songs in “Certified Lover Boy” have a darker mood than Drake’s previous albums. The songs in this album mostly talk about how a man’s personal experience makes him project on others, not thinking his decisions through and playing with their feelings instead.
Previously, his albums have been more balanced with loving and heart-warming lyrics. The contrast is evident with the first song of Drake’s new album, “Champagne Poetry.”He isn’t interested in looking out for love even when he knows someone is out there waiting for him.
There’s constant pessimism and negativity on the track.
Drake has had some fantastic collaborations with Rock Ross and Lil Wayne. But you don’t see the exact synergy in his latest album. Drake collaborated with Kid Cudi, but it sounds like he’s trying to switch up his style to match Kid Cudi’s.
Usually, an album has a single emotion or message that an artist wants to convey, but it feels like a mixture of everything in “Certified Lover Boy.”Each song has a different emotion and message; for example, Drake is taking a jab at the industry and fellow artists, most likely his feud with Kanye West, in “no Friends in the Industry” and “Knife Talk.”In “Fountains,” Drake expresses his feelings for a love interest, and in Papi’s “Home,” Drake acts as a father to the industry in a boastful manner.
“Certified Lover Boy” has a lot going on in emotions, messages, and sounds. Since there’s so much going on, it almost feels superficial.
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