Review of Drake’s ‘Nothing Was the Same’


Is F. Timothy Mountain rocking out? Not in the least.

Ever since his debut studio album, Thank Me Later, rapper (and apparent enthusiast of making mediocre music) Aubrey “Drake” Graham has been the king of mixing inferior and repetitive beats with sub-par lyricism. Drake’s most recent EP, Nothing Was the Same, most certainly lives up (or down) to the incredibly low expectations set by everything he’s done previously.

With an unnecessary use of beats that are graced by heavily-doctored, low pitched voices muttering incomprehensible noises, and a plethora of lyrics which are not only poorly-written, but also make no logical sense, Drake’s newest “album” is guaranteed to disappoint. (Assuming you had any expectations for it whatsoever, because I most certainly did not.)

Drake opens the album with Tuscan Leather, which was, shockingly, significantly worse than any other track on the entire album. For one, the entire backing track in the first two minutes of the song was entirely consumed by sounds which can only be described as “the cacophonous and murderous cries of satanic infant babies who have been possessed by a demon.” Secondly, I absolutely loathed this track because it went on for approximately six minutes, and every second that I listened to it I wanted more and more to perhaps puncture my own eardrums with a sewing needle.

The next track that stood out to me was Started From the Bottom. When I heard this track come on, I was absolutely astounded. Allegedly it had been released as a single, prior to the album’s release. The reason I was so astonished by this song is that I learned, upon listening to the line which is consistently repeated in the refrain of the song (“started from the bottom now we here”), which I hear mimicked very frequently by middle-school aged kids, actually exists. I wasn’t aware that any lyrics that were so meaningless and poorly-written could actually exist in mainstream music.

Wu-Tang Forever also stood out to me, because the title alludes to an album by one of my favorite hip-hop groups, Wu-Tang Clan. Needless to say, the track had little-to-no lyrics that were relevant in any way to Wu-Tang, and I can be sure that the song offended me, as well as everybody else who has any sort of decent taste in hip-hop music.

All in all, this album was severely inferior to anything else that has been released this year. Whether you’re a fan of great lyricism, masterfully-produced beats, or raw rapping-skill, this album does not exemplify any of these qualities.