Note: This review was originally published through Complex Magazine as part of their "Internet's Top Tastemakers Consensus Panel"
For the past few weeks we have been publishing a review and rating of a recent mixtape or album for our 'Mixtape Monday' series. This week we decided to switch it up and put two of the bigger hip hop album releases of the year head-to-head, to decide which was "better". Remember this review is the opinion of the writer, not The Masked Gorilla as a whole. Read and leave your own thoughts below.
Nostalgia: the “yearning for the past, often in idealized form”. Sounds like a horrible idea to me. Feeling nostalgic keeps us in situations we shouldn’t be in, or even worse, clinging to relationships that are long past their expiration dates. Oh, you thought I was talking about you and your girl? No, Iʼm talking about old hip hop heads, specifically bloggers, and their relationships with Jay Z. It’s this same fucked up, ‘well past the expiration date’ relationship which propels the aforementioned hip hop heads to dismiss Drake as some new “emo” rapper, who seemingly isnʼt “too hip hop” after all.
“Watch The Throne”, in its entirety, (the promotion/ packaging, listening party, the no leaks, that one music video, and the concert series) was an amazing collective piece of artwork. But once you take off the packaging and strip away the hype, was the album as a whole really that great? Eh.
Drakeʼs ʻTake Careʼ was a progressive and cohesive project, which not only perfectly embodies Aubrey as a whole, but has created countless relatable and influential anthems for the younger hip hop audience. The album possesses endless, full playback value, with a little something for everyone.
True, ʻWatch The Throneʼ had a few hits, and some enjoyable songs. But “Take Care” may go down as Drakeʼs single greatest effort when itʼs all said and done. Speaking of it being all said and done for a rapper... Hov, put the snapback down, youʼre trying way too hard, bro.