Toronto's actor and rapper
Drake (Aubrey Graham), a member of Lil Wayne's crew, became a star thanks to
Best I Ever Had, from the EP So Far Gone (2009),
and the over-hyped album Thank Me Later (2010),
on which he delivered some of the most ridiculous self-analyzing
lyrics ever rapped/sung to humble atmospheric synth-laden arrangements (mostly
Noah "40" Shebib) usually reserved for r&b crooners
(a cross between James Blake and
Over (one of his smoothest transitions from pop singer to rapper and viceversa), the relatively upbeat and pounding ballad Find Your Love and
Miss Me (in which Lil Wayne steals the show) further increased his popularity.
Take Care (Cash Money, 2011), another slab of obnoxious juvenile
autobiography, features the eerie soul narrative Marvin's Room
and spawned a record number of hits, notably The Motto.
The rapper fails miserably to engage, but the production by Noah "40" Shebib, Jamie Xx and Just Blaze is admirable.
Nothing Was the Same (2013), mostly produced by Shebib, includes the
pop crossover Hold On We're Going Home
and Started from the Bottom.
It was followed by
the mixtape If Youíre Reading This Itís Too Late (2015).
Drake's mildly innovative and stylish pop-soul creations, littered with
pale imitations of grime and Afro-beat, on
Views (2016), with the Rihanna collaboration Too Good and the more interesting Feel No Ways,
More Life (2017), whose highlight Get it Together is sung by
someone else and whose Free Smoke is typical of how pointless his lyrics
make for an incredibly boring experience.
Drake finally lost any artistic ambition on the
25-song double album Scorpion (2018).
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