I know. Mention Drake’s name and people get their panties in a bunch. But there was a point when Drizzy could do no wrong…. And then he did – you know, that “Breast I ever had” video, the underage girls dancing on stage and the tripping – and everyone got on him like crazy. I’m still giving the kid a chance to show and prove. He’s released one great mixtape and already has a song with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, which is uncharted territory for a new rapper. Plus, music wise, he’s not dropping a freestyle or multiple mixtapes every 60 seconds, all up in my grill.
The question now is can he deliver? We’re at a point where it’s hard for an “unknown” rapper to come out the gate with a classic. In other words, we probably already know all the artists who have the ability to produce one because they’re all over the blogs. My homeboy and I were discussing Drake’s classic-opus prospects and he thinks the homie can do it. Why? Because he has yet to prove he can’t. Everything he’s put out so far has been consistent, with no universal bricks unless you’re steadfast on hating him, which means you could care less what his first project sounds like.
For those who do care, I’m curious if you think he has that potential to make a near-flawless album. I think so. Then again, people expected a lot of Asher Roth and Kid Cudi, right? These young cats have had a lot of time to think about this – their debut project – so it would seem that they have an advantage. That’s the reason so many first albums are considered classics, because they’re so long in the making compared to projects that come out later in an artist’s career. Jay-Z pointed this out in his interview with Oprah, saying: “That first album, Reasonable Doubt, is my favorite, because all the emotions and experiences of 26 years came out in it. That was the record I had 26 years to make.”
Well, Thank Me Later is the record Drake has had 22 years to make. If he does deliver a classic, that’d be a great thing for hip-hop. With that said, this is my last blog post, folks. It’s been real! Hope you enjoyed. –clovito
“Treat my first like my last and my last like my first and my thirst is the same as when I came.”