It exceeded my expectations because from everyone who listened to the leak they either loved it or hated it. And I was expecting to hear something softer than a 24-pack of Charmin, but actually I enjoyed the listen. He didn’t surprise me with his lyrics, because I was expecting him to lyrically bring something. He didn’t surprise me with his originality and creativity, because that’s his main contribution to the game. The beats were again subpar as they usually are, but maybe he just wants you to focus on him instead of the tight beat. #drakeshrug
I compared Drake’s freshman album to The College Dropout in terms of expectations. The album is better than The College Dropout, but it didn’t solve any problems that The College Dropout possessed, and it probably won’t be remembered like the College Dropout. The main problem with College Dropout was that every person who featured on the College Dropout did a better job than Kanye did. Thank Me Later? Uh… yeah, everyone of his features was better than him. The second problem with College Dropout was that when you are trying to make a splash in hip hop sometimes artists have a tendency to use too many punch lines that come off corny. Thank Me Later? Uh… yeah, filled with too many. Lastly, College Dropout had a gimmick and the timing that will stay with the everyone who heard this album when it came out. And it still relates to every college student in America today. Thank Me Later? Not really, this album can be forgotten, if Drake comes with something better in the future.
Actually, just like DJ Clue’s Springtime Stickup 96 mixtape has never been forgotten, So Far Gone will never be forgotten. And that’s another criticism of the album I have, two of his mixtapes are better than the actual album. We have to concede that point, the freedom on your mixtape is compromised when you have to actually cut an album. Also, there were no expectations of So Far Gone, he clearly exceeded expectations, whereas Thank Me Later was par for the course. I would not have expected anything less.
I found it hard to classify the album, whether it was R&B or Rap, so I left it as hip hop and the best thing to compare it to would be the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. And yes, I believe this album will be highly successful come Grammy time. This album also was classified as a Young Money Entertainment album, but it is very clear that this is not a Young Money album. It’s Drake. You are seeing who Drake is when you remove Lil’ Twist and Mack Maine, and it looks like he has a bright future. (Quiet as it’s kept, J. Cole just gained a little ground on the kid.)
Ladies and Gentlemen as we ride out on this review, let me tell you. I think that Drake is still the hottest name in the game. He has at least 3 more singles on this album, that we may not like the first time we hear them on the radio, but give us a few a spins in the club and we’ll be cutting a rug. Could it be better? I don’t think so, but that’s only a testament to how good So Far Gone was. So to close, for a redshirt freshman Drake is doing pretty okay for himself.