Drake – Honestly Nevermind, Album Review

The 6 God's latest LP surprises in many ways, ditching bland trap for house beats.

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Drake, has this generation in a chokehold, and with the surprise release of his seventh studio album, fans expected to get what they always have. Except this time around, Drake gave fans something they weren’t expecting. A house record? This seemed like a strange move coming from Drizzy considering his stance for the past decade on proving he’s one of the best rappers to do it. If you wanted more rap from Drake than this project likely isn’t for you. As Drake dives deep into his melodic hitmaker/chart monster mode. ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ will likely break all kinds of streaming records, we’ve come to expect that from Drake. If you’re looking for something different from Aubrey, look no further.

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This project feels like an extension of Drake’s 2017 mixtape ‘More Life’. Drake reconnects with Black Coffee, the South African afro-house DJ and producer who contributed to the Jorja Smith featured single ‘Get It Together’. Of the three records on ‘Honestly Nevermind’, the most successful, ‘Overdrive’, we see Black Coffee team up with Drake’s go to producer and close friend Noah “40” Shebib. The two repurpose iconic funk motifs adding fleeting guitars and rich piano chord progressions to balance out Drake’s moody undertones which makes for a chilled-out, catchy listen.

Unfortunately, a lot of the records leave more to be desired. For example the lead single ‘Falling Back’ which released with a video of Drake marrying 23 women. On this record Drake simply sounds monotonous and boring, he’s reaching for something that’s desperately out of his grasp. The repetitive “falling back on me” line is cute at first, but quickly sours. These same high-pitched vocals return and sound much better on the perfected ‘Tie That Binds’. When it comes to his last LP, ‘Certified Lover Boy’, which we described as a “boring, bloated disappointment”. We’re just happy Drake is trying something different.

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Fortunately, ‘Falling Back’ proves to be one of the few bad records on this otherwise interesting project. ‘Currents’ and ‘Sticky’ serve as standout records while the southern hip-hop flavor ‘Jimmy Cooks’ which features 21 Savage showcase the pair’s collaborative synergy which generated one of the best songs of the album.

This album serves as a quick followup to Drake’s previous LP work, as most Drake releases often do, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ is an unexpected elevation from the bland trap, R&B remakes and Drake’s melancholic attitude to love we heard last time around. Drake doesn’t move the needle as much as one would hope – the album is still the typical woe-is-me narrative we’ve come to expect from Drake – but this new house sound at least gives him the creative boost his career’s been crying out for. It’s different and that’s not a bad thing.

Drake – Honestly Nevermind, Album Review
Production
7.9
Songwriting
6.2
Vocal Performance
5
PROS
Solid Production
Good Sequencing
Cleanly Mixed
CONS
Questionable Vocals
Lacks Substance
Lack-Luster Songwriting
6.4
MIXED
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