Drake Two Ways: A Conversation About 'Take Care' : The Record : NPR
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They are the Ross and Rache l of the music industry. Were they on a break? Can they please just work it out, for the sake of humanity? There are a few semi-obvious explanations. For most, there is an uneasy feeling that comes along with the idea of settling down. Our generation does not want to commit the rest of their lives to a companion, when the rest of their lives has yet to be even remotely explored.
Maybe the grind of working and touring constantly makes the relationship unsustainable for the time being. It really hurts to think about that being a possibility, but it is one. These things were all inextricably meant to be. Cupid or God or some higher being put them together for a very specific reason.
When you think of one, the other almost immediately pops up into your head. So, should Drake and Rihanna be mentioned in the same category? Is AubRih not just what the people want, but what the two megastars actually need to live out a life of fulfillment?
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The only way to really find out for sure is to look at some variables. Dating Histories Here is a list of some of the men Rihanna has been either rumoured or confirmed to being romantically linked with: Of the men on that list, who could you realistically list as a better prospect than Drake? Justin Timberlake is married, so no.
Matt Kemp already lived through the entirety of his prime. And Chris Brown is, well, Chris Brown. Drake is charming and soothing and just the right amount of corny. He is on a streamline to being one of the most successful musicians ever, as is RiRi. It's emblematic of our moment of crashed markets and occupied streets, and it speaks to a generation beginning to question whether the All-American, celebrity-endorsed credit card lifestyle will make them anything but bankrupt.
The song's interpolation of Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up," an early milestone in the the rap subgenre of strip club narratives, locates our loverboy's conquest in a realm where love is always on the clock. Drake's voice droops toward a monotone; the music drags him into a quagmire. What's in his lover's sweat? Only pain and regret. I know Drake's not the first to ponder such dim realities.
Sad is a good look for most players, whether they're pondering their own isolation Kanye West's favorite game or gently lecturing the women in their lives thanks, Lil Wayne, for teaching us how to love. Take Care, however, raises the stakes by fully dwelling in that discomfort zone where not just sex, but every personal exchange — with admirers, among friends, within a family — starts to feel like a financial transaction.
Extending the mood of his self-doubt takes Drake beyond the realm of self-pity, offering a critique of the very culture that's created him as an artist. That's one reading of what Drake is up to on Take Care.
There's much more to say, though. Do you think what he does with Drake throughout Take Care works? What's your take on Rihanna and Nicki Minaj's guest turns? Can you forgive Drake's use of typically misogynist rapper lingo in light of the deeper agenda I'm identifying?
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Or do you think I've just been dazzled by his burnished bling? Listening to this album is like getting trapped in Drake's head — in this world it's almost like he never speaks to anyone, like everything is happening silently, like nothing else matters except the way he feels about what's happening around him.
But I'm having a hard time figuring out how his sleepless nights are emblematic of the 21st century's everyday struggles. A friend of mine has worked at girls' rock n roll camps for years, and she told me that during every session, the counselors ask the campers who they are when they're listening to the song. In their imagination, are they the person singing the song?
Drake Two Ways: A Conversation About 'Take Care'
Or the person the song is about? She says almost all the girls imagine themselves as the person the song is about. It seems to be gender specific. The counselors have to do work every single time to help the girls see that there are another few ways to listen. I did some unscientific polling around my office and it held up for grown-ups ish. I am sure there are books and multi-syllabic words to explain this phenomenon, but I don't know them. The stories Drake tells on this album, even more so than earlier songs, are so rooted in his own experience I don't see how anyone — regardless of this whole subject-object thing — could put themselves in his shoes.
We are the people Drake is singing about. We don't have a lot of power here. Which obviously makes it less OK how often dude and guests use the word "bitch. On "Doing It Wrong," which features a baffling harmonica solo from Stevie Wonder, he says, "We live in a generation of not being in love, and not being together. But we sure make it feel like we're together, cause we're scared to see each other with somebody else.
Is Drake unhappy about his state? Does he trust anybody? Is he a writer or a story-teller? Is he a pop star? He certainly isn't as creative or weirdly precise as Andre is on the same subject, in his verse on "The Real Her": But we look up to them, they wish they were us.
They want some new trim, we lust for some trust. Now that both of us are colorblind cause the other side looks greener. I guess I'm just totally distracted by how much better Andre is at rapping about similar trials. F But Frannie, Don't you think the musical settings on Take Care -- so insular, preserving Drake's voice and those of his guests in purple-syrupy amber — make the insularity you're noticing almost oppressive, and in doing so, force listeners to acknowledge that these fantasies are seriously flawed?
Removed from their hyperbaric chambers, his verses can offend. But I don't think of Drake as that kind of battle rapper, whose words resonate best through crystal clear delivery.
I appreciate his hybridity as a singer who rhymes and a boaster who whispers. I'm a huge Andre fan, too, but when he applies flawless diction to the pronouncement, "Bs got the rabies" — that's when the hair on the back of my neck goes up.
Or maybe it's just sneakier, and I'm a sucker. I'm in love with the way this music sounds; its minimalist reworkings of TLC 's minor-key soul and the trancey rhythms that land somewhere between paranoid Sly Stone and smoked-out Maxwell make space, I think, for multiple interpretations.
I'll give you that Drake, or the character he's playing these days, is often nasty. I'm uncomfortable about his reckless use of the "B" word, and also the "N" word, which he flings with abandon, though this son of a Yiddische mama leaves the loudest reference to Jews to Rick Ross. He's one of those irritating alpha-beta males whose inability to claim power leads to a particularly nasty kind of passive-aggressiveness. He's self-absorbed in exactly the same way Kurt Cobain was sometimes self-absorbed — trapped inside his own head, too insecure to embrace success, lashing out at those closest to him.
That predicament — the inability to locate oneself within everyday power relations — is one that's afflicted existential antiheroes throughout modernity.
It's the plight of Camus's Stranger and of most of the great losers in film noir. It is a problem of masculinity, because women, traditionally denied easy agency, are usually pumped and prepped when they finally get it. Mary Gaitskill writes about Drake-like women in her fiction — I'd love to read what she'd have to say about Take Care.