CERTIFIED LOVER BOY: What does Drake’s new album have to offer?
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Singer Drake has released his sixth album, Certified Lover Boy.
“Far as the Drake era, man, we in the golden ages”, the superstar rapper reflects on 7am On Bridle Path, one of 21 tracks on his sprawling sixth studio album.
Over the course of almost 90 minutes, the 34-year-old revisits his favourite subjects, including how he still doesn’t get enough respect despite his vast success.
He samples the lyrics of The Beatles’ Michelle on first track Champagne Poetry, as if underlining how he belongs in A-list company, and talks about himself in the third person as he outlines his power and influence.
“You get Drizzy on a track, he’ll put you on the map” he boasts on No Friends In The Industry, noting he’s been in the business so long his first record deal “came through a fax”.
But he sounds disillusioned with the cost of fame when admitting “career’s going great, but now the rest of me is fading slowly”.
There’s a vast array of producers and numerous guest appearances on the much-delayed album including Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, with Nicky Minaj among those providing background vocals.
However Drake mostly remains front and centre, although he cedes the spotlight on Yebba’s Heartbreak to the Arkansas singer on an understated song backed by simple piano.
The cover by artist Damien Hirst may have divided opinion, but Drake is at the top of his game on tracks like Knife Talk, Fountains and No Friends In The Industry.
Way 2 Sexy, which samples Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy, is painful and should have been ditched along with the puerile Girls Want Girls.
But no-one is editing Drake at this stage of the game, and most of the time Certified Lover Boy is almost as good as he thinks it is.
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