The much anticipated Certified Lover Boy album by Drake has finally dropped! It’s been two years since Drake’s last album, so we are excited to share and discuss a few songs that stood out to us.

Papi’s Home
Throughout the album, Drake opens up and shares with the world his journey as a father and this song is a perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the project. It contains samples from R&B singer Montell Jordan’s “Daddy’s Home”, which makes the song title “Papi’s Home” hit even harder because Drake is famously known on Instagram as “@champagnepapi”. The soulful sample combined with crisp drums and Drake’s rap flow reminds us why he has been at the top for so long. The song’s outro also includes a voice over from his labelmate Nicki Minaj.

On this song, Drake exemplifies that sometimes a chorus doesn’t always need to be extremely complex for it to sound good. The simple rhyme scheme makes it easy to sing along to and remember. The chill minimalistic beat also allows Drake’s baritone voice to shine through.

Pipe Down
Normally on the soulful type beats Drake would paint a picture by strictly rapping, so it’s great to hear him sing on this track. The instrumentation by the producers is also excellent. The drum fills, rimshot, and bassline goes so well with the soulful background vocals.

Knife Talk
Drake wants everyone to know that he is a Certified Lover Boy, but on this song he reminds us he has a dark side as well. The eerie piano and the subby 808 bass drum by producer Metro Boomin with added vocals by rapper 21 Savage makes this one of the more hard hitting songs on the album. In addition to this, Drake returns to his Memphis roots by having the iconic Tennessee-native Project Pat leave his southern flavor on the song.

Final Thoughts
This album was another classic by Drake. It includes elements from his signature sound from the past decade but also demonstrates how he continues to evolve. At this point, it seems like he doesn’t have much left to prove so he’s just having fun and making music he enjoys. Once again, Drake also managed to recruit an impressive list of guest features with names such as Travis Scott, Future, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug and others. One notable exclusion from the album is Canadian producer Boi-1da, who has been a staple in Drake’s projects for a long time.

What are your thoughts on the album? How does it compare to Drake’s other projects? Let us know in the comments below.

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