27 Songs For Drake’s 27th

 |  October 24, 2013
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Happy Birthday Aubrey. Or as they say in Yiddish, A freilekhn geburtstog! Or something like that.

The boy from Toronto turns 27 today. We figured, what better way to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Drake’s birth than to reflect on his career-long body of work? From Comeback Season to Nothing Was The Same, we compiled (at least what we think are) the 27 strongest tracks from his catalogue. Read More

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In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.

So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.

Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.

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Every few years, there is a shift within a genre that meets the public’s ire or adoration (usually in equal parts). Drake represents a shift in hip-hop towards a spacious sound-scape and nakedly expressive emoting.
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The Rapper’s Guide To Catching Feelings

 |  September 26, 2013
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it’s safe to say that hip-hop has reached its Emo Era. rappers, for the first time on a major scale, are extremely comfortable expressing their darkest thoughts and lowest emotions. good for them!
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This ain’t for the faint of heart or the light of skivvies. This is anti-AutoTune. This is the world’s most dangerous hip-hop show, by a stretch. Parental discretion is advised. The clickables after the jump…
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Artist: Drake

Album: Nothing Was The Same

Label: Cash Money Records

Release Date: September 24, 2013

It’s lonely at the top.

“No new friends.” “Versace, Versace”. “Y.O.L.O.” Over the past six months, Drake’s music has been nonstop fuel for memes and Instagram hashtags, so it makes sense that he’d rather spend some time by himself than participate in a culture he’s largely contributed to. After all, you don’t sh*t where you eat.
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i’m going on the record right now as not hating drake’s new album Nothing Was The Same. on first listen, dead serious i fell asleep. but i think that had more to do with the fact that i hadn’t prepared myself to listen to an r&b album and those joints do a brother like warm cocoa on a wintry night. aubrey’s playlist has a similar effect and shouldn’t be consumed while operating machinery heavier than an iPhone or a calculator.
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first of all, pause that song title all the way.
 
now, another moment in hip-hop weekday singles release history happened today. jay z, temporarily descended from his throne of art collecting and international-ing, blessed the people (those wicked ingrates) with a verse from on high. and it’s on drake’s new album. reasons why this is major…
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Drake Premieres New Song On Jimmy Fallon

 |  September 15, 2013
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If this song is any indication of the tone of Drake’s Nothing Was The Same, sh*t’s about to get even more deep and uncomfortable. Drake’s best work is his most squirming, awkward struggle with fame set to the rhythm of an increasingly confident flow. A personal letter to his mother and uncle? That’s just the start.

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