An album release by Drake is always an event in itself. It must be said that the Torontonian is the most listened to artist with 150 songs that have crossed the 100 million listeners milestone! We were waiting Certified Lover Boy for a long time. The album was first announced last August with a release scheduled for early winter. Finally, it will have taken a few more months to reach us.
On Certified Lover Boy we find Drake who does Drake. It is an album with few surprises, but which dispenses the songs with good melodies halfway between rap and pop with an effective regularity. We do not find any strokes of genius on the album just as we do not find weak tracks there either. This is exactly what we expect from Drake and it is perhaps for this reason that it is an album which leaves you hungry for more.
On y you Drake rapping about subjects that were once delicate without blushing, including her son born of a passing relationship. He does it as soon as Champagne Poetry which opens the album. Roughly speaking, the lyrics of the album revolve around his son, being a “lover” and all those rappers who want to prove themselves better than him. In other words, we are in the same subjects as his two previous albums. It is not very very original. That being said, Drake always has the spark to deliver it all with conviction. We don’t have the impression either of being in front of a has-been which tries by all means to stay hooked to a character. He even has fun with the concept on You Only Leave Twice while he is accompanied by Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.
Moreover, there are many collaborations on Certified Lover Boy. We find Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, Kid Cudi and several other big names in American rap. One of the most successful, although the text is a bit dubious, is Way 2 Sexy where Young Thug and Future show what kind of fire they get. Dubious lyrics are also present on the album. Drake and Lil Baby embarks on a kind of funny rap called Girls Want Girls. Casually, Drake rappe quand même : « Starin’ at your dress ’cause it’s see-through / Yeah, talkin’ all the shit that you done been through / Yeah, say that you a lesbian, girl, me too ». Bel essai Drake, I’m pretty sure you’re not a lesbian. What quibbles is that there is still male lesbian fetishism. It’s a 16-year-old.
There are also good times that hit the nail on the head like the committed rap of 7am On Bridle Path or that of No Friends in the Industry. However, on the latter, what makes the piece an interesting piece, it is also the composition of the frame which returns to Vinylz, OZ and Nik D.
In other words, Certified Lover Boy is a decent album by Drake which does not represent a step forward for the Canadian, but which does not make big mistakes. Some fans of the rapper will be content, but fans more demanding rap may find it reheated.