Dan: A lot of the early complaints with NWTS centered around the disappointment that Drake’s rapping has improved and he didn’t showcase it anymore on this project than he did in previous ones. Do you think Drake will ever drop a complete uber-masculine, traditional RAP project to appease the boom-bap community?
Drew: I doubt it. But he doesn’t need to appease that community because they don’t produce top-shelf albums and are, in reality, a very small part of the music-buying public. If Drake is trying to appease any group, it’s the loyal fanbase he’s spent close to a decade bringing along with him from mixtape success to major popular artist credibility. I think he’s even more loyal to those folks than he is to newcomers, as evidenced by the sentiment of “No New Friends,” which I don’t believe is his strongest work but does represent some of his strongest sentiments about fame and the torment that can accompany it.