Claire Peeler, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Most of us know Drake by his catchy lyrics and beats that you can’t help but dance to that are often repeatedly played on the radio station, but it is very clear that Drake is done singing about the club on a Tuesday on his new album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”
The mysterious mixtape that Drake released on Thursday, Feb. 12 tells fans that the old Drake is gone and there is a new, harsher rapper in our presence.
Now that Drake has risen to the top he is only rapping hard-hitting lyrics that both express his fame and his threats to those who still see him as “that Drake from four years ago,” words from “No Tellin.”
My favorite song on the album is “Madonna.” This tune truly expresses Drake’s change in lyrical style and perhaps attitude about his new and improved lifestyle. The slow, methodical beat and mellow lyrics simply show that Drake is done fighting to be the best. Instead, that part just comes naturally to this reflective rapper.
In his song “You and the 6,” fans finally get to see a part of the old Drake that overly expresses himself and listen to the honest lyrics that fans grew to relate to. Drake openly discusses issues he has had with his single mother who raised him. It took me several listens to realize Drake was confessing details about his life because that’s just how suave this song and album is.
A part of me misses the old, somewhat happier tunes that made me fall in love with Drake, but that doesn’t mean I am not a fan of this new sound. It’s clear that none of these songs are poppy enough for the radio, but it’s also clear that the search is over for Drake’s innovative music.