Take Care might not be regarded as a classic album by the masses, but it’s a classic to me, this will be the Drake album that stands the test of time, it’s his deepest work, and it’s truly quite gorgeous at points.
In 2011 Drake released his second LP, Take Care. The album went on to win a Grammy, selling over 600k in it’s first week and just over 4 million copies to date.
Let’s get one thing straight, it terms of production and lyricism, this is undeniably Drake’s best work, by a million miles. Slow, deep Drake is the best version, working with The Weeknd helped him massively in the album. Tracks like Marvin’s Room, Shot For me and Doing It Wrong leave you immersed in Drake’s thoughts, and if you connect on a deeper level you can be immersed in your own thoughts. Everybody can connect with some of these tracks, heartache, love and pain are all part and parcel of being human, Drake was one of the guys who connected with it so well in his music, he can presumably thank Yeezy for the inspiration.
Inspiration can also be drawn from James Blake, who it was rumoured was heavily played in the studio when Drake and his team were making the album. It’s believable when you look at some of the low key production on the slow tracks, less was more, the minimalistic nature of the of the production was often chilling.
Every feature made a unique impact on their songs. Andre 3000, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar just to name a few all delivered. Rick Ross was near perfection like always, The Weeknd and Rihanna were spot on.
Drake is an oddity in rap, he’s the biggest name in the game and he breaks every record there is, but does he make classic songs? I’d argue on the whole, no he doesn’t. In 10 years time people won’t be listening to If Your Reading This It’s Too Late, and they certainly won’t be listening to What a Time to Be Alive. If you want a classic song from Drake, you have to listen to Take Care for the most part, it’s his best work to me by quite some length.
Take Care might not be regarded as a classic album by the masses, but it’s a classic to me, this will be the Drake album that stands the test of time, it’s his deepest work, and it’s truly quite gorgeous at points, it’s something Drizzy is starting to lose, we can only hope that Abel and Aubrey can make Take Care 2 before it’s too late.