Drake dropped his much-anticipated new album Nothing Was The Same today and it is already being heralded as one of the year’s best releases, thanks in large part to Drake’s ability to blend genres.
In early reviews of the album, the singer is being praised for his unique blend of hip-hop and R&B influence, with Drake showing off his skill as both an MC and a singer. This combination makes for a unique release that blurs typical genre definitions. The album’s latest single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is a disco-inspired song that sees Drake singing throughout. Compare that song with the album’s previous single “Started From The Bottom,” where Drake raps a pull-yourself-up-from-your-boot-straps anthem over a rumbling bass-line and sparse piano keys, and can see the contrast in material on the album.
The album is also being praised for its personal subject matter. Recently Drake performed one of the album’s stand-out tracks “Too Much” on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He prefaced the song with a message to his family, telling them that he loves them and cares about them very much. During the performance, it became clear that that message was a preface to a verse found in the “Too Much” lyrics where Drake criticizes his family for not chasing their dreams and laments the family time that they spent together prior to Drake’s fame and fortune.