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By Henry Adaso, About.com GuideNovember 11, 2011
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I wrote a 50-word review of Drake's Take Care. Here it is.
Idk which one i like better this one or BigGhostface’s haha
No offense to Henry, but let’s be real. That other review is amazing.
In other words- mediocre.
Nice review Henry
Great review Henry lmao!
agrred this album is Trash with a capital T.
well said henry!
Just one thing to add to that… K.Dot’s verse is one of the best all year! If only it wasn’t tacked onto the end of some drawling emo trash… Super deep (check the explanation on rap genius)
Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000’s verses did not disappoint.
This album was complete trash, but for some reason I liked the production on Crew Love.
ur making it nigga
In case you didn’t know this album is critically acclaimed. I like it myself. It’s much better dan his previous album
Yeah I don’t really understand why Henry hates Take Care so much?!? Or the rest of you for that matter…Take Care is easily one of the best Hip Hop album’s of the year along with Watch The Throne, The RED Album, Fear of God II, and Finally Famous… It’s deep, and you actually have to listen to the album and pay attention for more than five seconds to fully digest the album’s vibe and concept…It’s not just about beats, it’s not just mindless “zombie” music that gets stuck in your head… Take Care is far from flawless(TOO LONG!!!), but overall it’s still a very impressive album, and deserves much better than a 2.5 out of 5, I don’t care if your the biggest Drake hater in the world… I mean the album is getting a score of 86 out of 100 on Metacritic which is almost Twisted Fantasy good in terms of ratings…Drake is no joke, no matter how much people hate on him for being “soft”, the dude can flow, and he’s extremely creative…This review is shoddy and suspect of Drake hater syndrome at best…
You have much to learn homie. First of all, if you also think the RED album and Finally Famous are good albums then your credibility is already destroyed. I haven’t heard Fear of God II yet, so I can’t comment on that. Anyway, you claim that we don’t like Take Care, because it’s not “zombie” music, and it’s deep. Yeah right. The only people who think this idiot is creative are people that only listen to hip hop. His flow is actually really boring, although I do admit it’s somewhat better now that he’s backed off of the hash-tag style he stole from Big Sean. The lyrics are the real problem. He has nothing interesting to say at all. I don’t care whatsoever about his extremely corny relationship woes. Quit whining about fame… We get it already. You’ve been doing that since 09 now. He has a very immature perspective when it comes to women. Go listen to Phonte’s record if you are looking for real songs about females. Finally, the singing does nothing for me, and that comprises about half the album. I have nothing against singing either. Love me some Frank Ocean, but Drake’s singing is boring. Quit bringing up critical opinion like that matters. This dude has no talent.
I Agree that Little Brother is good, and Photes album was aight, but to compare Take Care to Charity Starts At Home is like comparing Jerry Rice to Walter Payton?!? They are two totally different styled albums…but for you to say Drake has NO talent shows how ignorant and out of touch with the times you are…you are probably almost 40 I bet… guarantee it, and I also bet you will come on here and say you are 31 lmao
And the fact that you say “the singing does nothing for me, and that compromises about half the album”, shows that you probably haven’t even listened to the album and your simply just a Drake hater hating because Drake is putting all of your old 90s rappers out of business…and I too like some of those 90’s rappers, but I doubt you even listened to Take Care because the album is not 50% singing…he sings sometimes but far less than half of the album is singing…he is still definitely a rapper…please people stop hating just to hate, it makes you look ignorant
Actually, they are two rappers that also sing over relatively ordinary hip hop production. Drake has even said he was influenced by Little Brother. Sounds REALLY alike to me. How can you say they can’t be compared? You seem like the ignorant one to me. You didn’t even address half the things I said about the album. You just said I didn’t listen to it, and that I am a hater… You don’t cite any examples or bring up any evidence. You’re actually caught up on the exact percentage of the singing… really? I don’t see you take up for his rapping style… oh yea that’s because he stole it from Big Sean. I don’t see you taking up for those corny lyrics… oh yea because they’re terrible.
“You girl, you right there, you look like you like this sh-t
How’d I know, how’d I know? Thats me on some psychic sh-t”
“Yeah, that’s it, right there, that’s it. Do it just like that
Only you could it just like that.”
You think that is good rapping? I rest my case.
And what does my age have to do with anything?
“Yeah, that’s it, right there, that’s it. Do it just like that. Only you could it just like that.”
“You girl, you right there, you look like you like this sh-t
How’d I know, how’d I know? Thats me on some psychic sh-t.”
You think that is good rapping? I rest my case.
Oh yea and what does my age have to do with anything?
At first I thought this Marcus character was blatantly trolling, but then I realized he was 100% serious, and then I became sad.
Bottom-line: Drake is mediocre, is way over-rated, has too many d-riders that run to defend him even though he could care less about them, and this Take Care album is garbage.
Wanted to add that the sooner we start ignoring these corny dudes, the sooner they will go away, and the sooner real talent will shine through.
So Jay, who do you like for hip hop? Or what albums would you say have been the best this year? To say Drake has no talent or that he can’t flow, is just a flat out lie, and for someone who claims to like or know hip hop to say either of those things shows that person is delusional or is suffering from hater syndrome…I never said Take Care was a classic, or that Drake was the best or even close to the best hip hop artist out, but I simply said that I felt 2.5 out of 5 was far from an accurate rating…I personally feel like the album is on par with a 3.5 – 4 rating, and 99% of the professional reviews I’ve read for the album have generally agreed with my view of the album…And I’m not just talking about reviews from the big name sites/mags like XXL, Source, Allmusic, and Rollingstone, but even the little know reviewers(DJBooth, Pitchfork) have given Take Care pretty damn good reviews… Henry’s review is litterally the first bad review I’ve seen for the album, and I knew this would happen with Take Care, just like it does with every other big name rap album that comes out, the hater’s come out too, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised…
I bet you would be hard to find any real hip-hop heads who enjoy listening to Drake…
There is now an ever widening gap in hip-hop between the fans who appreciated where the music came from and many classic artists that built up the culture throughout the 80’s, 90’s and less so 00’s. And the younger generation that doesn’t know the background to hip-hop or really care – these are the fans of Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross etc…
The change between the generations is a change in what fans are looking for in the music and culture – from real hip-hop elements of lyricism, real deejays, breaking and graff, to what now seems like an appreciation of flashy styles, media-created personalities and no real substance.
I’m not that old (32yo) but I love hip-hop and I can’t understand how people can dig these wack new school artists who don’t have dope lyrics, fat beats or authentic personalities. Things done changed!
Julian, chill. The gap is not nearly as big as you make it out to be- just look at J.Cole, Freddie Gibbs, Lupe Fiasco etc. There is still a lot of dope hip hop from this generation, you just have to look for it.
Also, authentic personalities haven’t been in style since the ’80s. I mean, did you the just skip the gangster/hustler personas of the ’90s? There were real guys living that life, and it showed in their lyrics, but a lot of those artists were cheap knock-offs just looking for a quick buck… kinda like today.
In fact, I’d say a lot of modern day rappers are more authentic than 90s gangsta rappers. They have to be because the authentic rappers are the ones that stand out in an oversaturated market.
So even though hip hop went from selling crack to smoking it, it still amounts to dope.
Co-sign with Guy. To say there is no good hip hop from today’s era is complete ignorance. But yeah, you do have to look a little harder for it.
Guy – I wasn’t refering to gangsta rap. If that is what you are classing as the great hip-hop from the 90’s you are way off the mark.
My point is this – you can’t compare the music in the 90’s from guys like Nas, Rakim, Guru, Biggie, KRS, Wu, etc…to guys like Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Drake, in terms of quality lyrics, dope beats and real talk. If you are able to, then please share the insite, because I have tried and I just can’t do it.
I’m not putting down ALL the music of today, don’t get me wrong. Of course there are still some great artists killing it like Mos Def, Talik Kweli, Pharaohe Monch, Kanye etc…but I don’t include Lupe or J. Cole in that class at all…I just don’t believe there is the same volume of high quality output. I can count on one hand quality hip-hop albums in 2011…no more than one hand tho.
Seems that high quality lyricists are no longer at the forefront of hip-hop and that’s sad. I saw Lil Wayne singing (terribly) on the music awards a few months ago and I damn near cried.
I in no way meant to disrespect Henry by any means, I was just confused with his rating of this album, because If you just read the review and didn’t look at the rating, I would have guessed he would have given it a 3 or 3.5, which would have been far less off and I wouldn’t have said anything. But my biggest pet peeve in the world is when people hate, simply just to hate. And it especially urks me when people hate on an album that they haven’t even listened to or hate on a artist they have never truly listened to, which I have a STRONG feeling more than half of the people ripping this album on this blog haven’t even listened to Take Care. I know Henry listened to it, so that’’s why I’m not really hating on his review (Although I do feel like he could have been a little more in depth with his review especially for an album like Take Care). People like Kris, dedxsad and probably a bunch more obviously didn’t even listen to the album but they come on here and hate just to hate…ridiculous…I almost wish Henry would drop another comment on here because I have a feeling, even if he isn’t the biggest fan of Take Care which is ok, he would even admit Drake is very talented because I know Henry knows hip hop some of these other fools don’t have a clue tho…
I’m honestly shocked you’re still insisting I haven’t heard this album…
I believe you did listen to the album, but if you think Drake is such a corny, boring, uncreative, untalented, Big Sean-style biter, why did you listen to a whole album by him in the first place?
The album is a sob story with mediocre production. Drake brings nothing new to the table, hasn’t said anything he hasn’t already said. Maybe I just can’t relate, but I found myself laughing out loud at some of the stuff this dude was saying throughout the LP. Also @Marcus, Fear of God II is an EP. Take Care should be nowhere near AOTY, but your comparisons with Watch the Throne, RED Album, and Carter IV were accurate (all painfully mediocre albums).
For me, I figured I would give it a shot due to production creds and features (Kendrick Lamar and 3stacks). I didn’t listen to Drake’s first album, for what it’s worth.
You are a badass, if you dont love dont listen, stop piss of someone … you are un FAGOT
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