The buzz of the past couple days has been the early online leak of Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later. While a few bloggers are taking a stand against the leak, vowing not to post any more downloadable tracks, this one frankly does not give a damn…no, I mean, I don’t give enough of a damn to either post a link for download (though you’ll find some videos available for a listen down bottom…these will most likely get pulled in a day or two, so enjoy while you can) or to care about Aubrey Drake Graham’s record sales as a result of the leak. If I’m going to “take a stand” on anything, it would be to ensure people go out and buy more underappreciated artist who actually need the support…the kids will support Drake regardless. I’m not a fan myself, but I know a jam when I hear one, so I won’t front like Drake has never made a good song, though.
In the current state of the music industry, how smart is it to sit on an anticipated album like Thank Me Later for as long as he has? People aren’t buying CDs to begin with, so to have people waiting over a year (the 2009 EP So Far Gone was a slap in the face to real Drake fans who already had a lot of those songs, so it doesn’t really count) is a little arrogant…no wonder people jumped on it the first chance they got. If we have learned anything from the recession and decline of album sales in recent years, it’s that if people can get it for free, they will, and technology being what it is, it isn’t hard for the majority of people to download your whole album, track by track, free of charge. Stop disappointing those that are pressed enough to find a store and actually purchase the physical copy by pushing your album back to kingdom come. Sh*t’s corny, B.
And let’s be honest…it’s not like Thank Me Later was supposed to be Illmatic or Reasonable Doubt. It’s Drake, for God’s sake, not Dr. Dre. It’s hip-hop’s Al B. Sure. And for the record, I don’t hate Drake, but the dude is grossly overrated, which is in a way to his detriment; if people weren’t fawning over the guy as if he was going to completely change the game (aside from basically perfecting the stardom-from-the-mixtape-grind formula), he might just fly under the radar as a decent entertainer…but people love to bandwagon and overexaggerate a person’s skill level. Drake writes some of the simplest, rappin’-after-school-in-your-friend’s-garage-on-a-karaoke-machine bars ever, which is fine, but when people start crediting you as a formidable MC (the YouTube comments praising Drake from kids who obviously were born after 1992 are hilarious) when you’re really just marginally talented as both a singer and rapper and know how to put together a song, it becomes a problem. There is a difference between a dope MC and those who just make good songs that suit the audience he does it for.