When delving into the current state of popular rap artists, Drake is one name that almost always comes to mind.
Aubrey Graham, better known by his stage name, Drake, evoked excitement this week with the release of his latest album, "Nothing Was the Same" on Sept. 23. The album, highly-anticipated among his devoted fan base, has already earned a plethora of rave reviews.
After starring alongside R&B artist Trey Songz and rapper Lil Wayne in "Successful," Drake became steady competition with other well-known artists in the industry and gained a hefty following. He debuted his first solo album in 2010, "Thank Me Later," and soon became a household name.
His third studio album, "Nothing Was the Same," is not much of a departure from his previous sound. The album includes 15 new songs, which range from slow R&B sounds to heavy hip-hop, rap songs.
Drake was a newcomer to the music scene for awhile, but he is now established as an artist in the industry and wants everyone to know. This album is composed of several boastful songs, with Drake essentially bragging about how far he has come in the "game."
In the album's opening song, "Tuscan Leather," Drake raps, "This is nothin' for the radio, but they'll still play it though / Cause it's that new Drizzy Drake, that's just the way it go." It sets the tone for much of the album, which consists of various lines of none-too-humble gloating.
Some of the album's best songs are "Worst Behavior" and "All Me" (which features fellow rapper 2 Chainz), where Drake does not deny the popularity of his music is and how far he has come as an artist.
Drake also mentions how much things have changed for him over the years in his music. He feels as if "nothing was the same" for him and some of his past friends and family.
In an emotional song about his life changes, Drake notes how his new lifestyle has affected those closest to him. The track, titled "Too Much" features artist Sampha and consists of lyrics such as "Money got my whole family going backwards / No dinners, no holidays, no nothing / There's issues at hand that we're not discussing."
Drake makes several references to his parents throughout the album as well. His success seems to have put a strain on his father, who lives in Memphis. He raps, "All my family from the M-Town that I've been 'round, started treating me like I'm 'him' now / Like we don't know each other, we ain't grow together, we just friends now."
Careful not to stray too far from the artist that his die-hard fans know and love, he also has a nice variety of songs that cater to his audience. Drake, who has a reputation for occasionally being sensitive and emotive, has a few select songs that cater to those who love this side of him.
Songs such as "Come Thru," "From Time" and "Hold on We're Going Home" reveal his softer side and focus on his former relationships.
"Nothing Was the Same" is a solid third album for Drake. It has the perfect balance between R&B and rap, with great features from other artists. This album is definitely one to check out this fall.
And for many fans, the title of the album doesn't hold too much merit, as the Drake his supporters know and love delivers his new music flawlessly. Although a tad more boastful, he remains the same.