malbin’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

2. Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Drake Nothing Was The Same 1
Released under OVO Sound/YMCMB/Cash Money Records via Republic Records (Buy Here)

It took me quite a few years, but 2013 was the year Drake’s greatness fully clicked with me. Drake continued his reign of being the greatest urban artist of our generation in 2013 with the release of Nothing Was The Same. It didn’t take much time for the album to hit full stream, as for the intro ‘Tuscan Leather’ set the tone for what we were going to hear for the rest of the album right off the bat. Drake cleans out his closet full of success and wealth with his never ending insecurities coming out as well. With those three ingredients mixed with ambient & key heavy production as well as quotables for days, Drake’s influence within modern-day culture is hard to knock. He seamlessly can go from creating timeless sounding records like ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ to shit talking, sneak diss records like ‘The Language’. Move onto ‘From Time’, where Drake recalls his mother telling him how he will never be as big as Trey Songz. I can relate to that, but obviously I wasn’t compared to Trey Songz. Or airing out personal issues with his family while addressing his anxiety of becoming a superstar on ‘Too Much’. Most importantly, what about him on ‘Paris Morton Music II’ where he addresses everyone that tells him that he should be humble and thankful for what HE accomplished thus far.

I applaud Drake’s message he sent forth in many of these songs. Don’t be scared to openly share the accomplishments that YOU achieved by YOURSELF. And don’t be afraid to come back on your worst behavior to shit on all those people that have have a problem with you shining. This album helped me further define my mindset. I woke up at 7AM to catch a train to Chicago to go to school until 11PM every Tuesday for the 2013 fall semester. This album really helped keep me pushing and my confidence high when I needed that. I NEEDED this album, man. I can’t explain the feeling of listening to ‘Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music II’ while walking down Michigan Avenue after the shit I put myself through to get help get me to where I want to be. I don’t want to say that Drake is my role model, because he’s not, but this album showed me every reason why he could and deserves to be one.

(Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2 (Feat. JAY Z)