Is Drake’s “Take Care” Album Too Soft to be Called Hip Hop?(Album Review)

Is Drake’s “Take Care” too soft to be called a Hip Hop Album? The biggest criticism of the album has been that it is too soft, too R&B. Was Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” a Hip Hop album? The Friday Hip Hop Report crew review Drake’s “Take Care” album.

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Juan Fernandez says:

They sound like str8 up haters

Edgar Martinez says:

Stop Hating already Fuk hes a fuken raper wtf are you

imperialshalom says:

duh

Kidz24 says:

Song on the Album Like
HYFR, The Ride, Lord Knows, Marvin’s Room, Take Care, We’ll be Fine, Underground Kings, Over My Dead Body, Headlines, Cameras, Make Me Proud, and Look What You’ve done he’s clearly rapping. And the parts of the album in the R&B Sections of these songs where he or Someone else is singing there are still Raps from him or other Artist. Like Shot For Me/Practice/The Real Her/Crew Love. The majority of the Album is Hip-Hop.

bigkev9539 says:

You also make a great point. I call a mutual truce. By the way, you should check out Phonte, the guy who is not only Drake’s influence, but is way better than him. Also, check out the article on the website dorkmustache titled ‘It’s All Real Hip-Hop, But It’s Not All Equal’.

Juan Mora says:

Nd lets not forget wen he raps nd he does he is one of the realest rappers, top 10 probly even 5 in the game today. When rapping his shit is real, metaphors similes punch lines lyrics all of this he has.he jus chooses not to cus he doin wat he wants nd likes, he has that power to do that

Kidz24 says:

LMAO, dude we’re having a side argument that doesn’t pertain to the original topic. And you just proved my point by saying its the “more relevant” aspect that defines the Hip-Hop culture. Without Rap music the Culture itself does not evolve to the Machine that we know it as today. White Kids in Suburban homes back in the day and currently wouldn’t dress/act/speak or would not be apart Hip-Hop culture if it wasn’t for the music. The Music IS the biggest part of the culture, obviously!

imperialshalom says:

I can see your point it encourages people not to make excuses for the lack of quality an artist puts into an album. However, the question I was presenting was is it hip hop? And if so how does it reflect the culture of hip hop? Just because you can rap and sing doesn’t make it that, it just means you made an album in which you attempted to sing and rap both of which Drake does on a mediocre level intentionally.

Kidz24 says:

2nd of all you’re trying to allude to the fact that you and others question Drake’s album being a Hip-Hop album when you’re talking about the comparison to Hill’s 1999 record.

What I’m trying to say is if its not Hip-Hop (for some reason for you and others when there is RAPPING on the MAJORITY of the album.) what category does it fall into? R&B is the only closets genre that can define his album. Which doesn’t make any sense because he’s only singing completely on 5-6 tracks on the album.

imperialshalom says:

If you think its the prime component of hip hop culture then you need to be educated about hip hop culture. It might be more relevant than the other components now but that’s because of a lack of education of those who embrace the culture. The ignorance of the masses doesn’t make my point untrue it just makes the masses ignorant. You should know better than that!

Kidz24 says:

Fred Durst was doing both. Same thing with Linkin Park/Mike Shinoda…. These guys were making hybrid music of both Genre’s. So you throwing them in a specific box of saying this is “STRICTLY ROCK” or “STRICTLY HIP-HOP” is a TERRIBLE mistake. Plus, When was the last time a a Rapper RAPPING over Melodic beats ever R&B? One of the Obvious Requirements of R&B is that you sing, not rap to it lmao. Again, I agree that the Instrumental/Sounds are Slowed down and similar to R&B but its new age hip-hop.

Kidz24 says:

You can’t agree?
But you can’t tell me the FIRST thing that comes to mind is rap music when it is about the hip-hop culture. Its ridiculous to say other wise. I don’t understand where you’re driving at when you’re saying “Oh Rap Music isn’t specifically hip-hop”. That is the FIRST thing that anybody will say is associated with hip-hop. So your argument you’re trying to make is pointless.

superpiff420 says:

These niggas corny,dudes need tough music to feel tough cornballs

gyp Rosetti says:

drakes album appeals to Britney Spears fans reason why he sold so much

Kidz24 says:

Thank You, Just proved my point…..

imperialshalom says:

Why is it still hip hop? What makes it hip hop? RKelly did about as much rapping on his first album as Drake did on this one. Does that make his album a hip hop album?

Kidz24 says:

It doesn’t even really matter. Again this is WAYYYYY beyond the point. When you’re a rapper who isn’t in the Indie circles or Underground and are in these major labels that are pushing your music. You’re no longer Anti-Establishment. Anti-Establishment is Immortal Technique/Mos Def/Talib Kweli/KRS-One. Guys who speak out and rap against Governments and Corporations and not on those Major Labels that are affiliated with the Establishment itself. You defeat the purpose of being Anti-Establishment!

Kidz24 says:

And Also…. From the mid 90’s all the way to now… Hip-Hop has been Deeply, and I mean deeply involved into materialism. It hit mainstream with Biggie and it hasn’t stopped. The Shiny Suit Era with Diddy and Mase… These dudes were Glamorizing the high life. Dudes started having music videos is big house and big booty girls and it obviously continues today. This type of “Anti-Establishment” sound has gone back to the underground with guys like Mos Def, KRS-One, and Brother Ali. Come on now…

imperialshalom says:

Appreciate it homie. I got Charity Starts @ Home and I agree with you on two levels he is way better than Drake

imperialshalom says:

You are confusing anti-establishment with revolutionary music now..sure those artist made music that we would consider materialistic but they did it from the standpoint of being in a place of poverty and oppression and rising above there circumstances as a young black man. They give insight into there struggles as well as their accomplishments while maintaing that they didn’t have to kiss the white man’s ass to do it. Also there is no coonery involved.

Juan Mora says:

I love drake I’m the biggest fan of his till now to forever nd I must say that his album not all hip hop but theres hip hop in it with his own, original, real fresh touch nd style. He has basically made his own lane UNDER hip hop. Do I respect that. Nd I like it cuz that’s that shit u cud ride around in the city at night in the car w. The windows down w. girls. Yes it’s soft but great.

Kidz24 says:

It just rubs me the wrong way when you say “Oh don’t kiss the white man’s ass”. Because you’re going to be kissing a white man’s ass or someones ass if you’re trying to get where you’re going. Because those are the same people you’re going to have to do Business with if you want to be successful in the long term. If you don’t, you will get blackballed. That’s just a fact. Plus, Materialism is the Establishments/Corporations objective. That’s how they continually make money off the population.

imperialshalom says:

If you can read I also point out the culture that these albums came from. Rage Against the Machine made an entire albums where they do nothing but rap but it’s still a rock album. As a matter of fact they rap more than Drake did on his album so does that mean because you rap more then its more hip hop? So what point are you trying to make?

Deondre Anderson says:

How is Drake not an MC? He has lyrical content, good metaphors, flow, style, excellent delivery.

imperialshalom says:

First you gave me a text book definition it didn’t seem like your definition. Second I never said it wasn’t a primary component of hip hop again your twisting my words. I don’t think that rapping makes hip hop what it is especially when you have so many other elements such as breaking, scratching, tagging etc. To drive my point even further rapping existed before the hip hop culture even emerged. So I can’t agree that it identifies hip hop.

Drizzy dracula says:

idgaf, this take care shit was legendary

imperialshalom says:

credibility as an informed person by trying to discredit me.

imperialshalom says:

If you think that I proved your point then you took a portion of my argument then repeated it back to me through a subjective lens much like the way you look at hip hop within a specific time range to define it, and you do the same when defining anti establishment. Your ability to examine facts is narrow and your desire to be right doesn’t allow you to see the larger picture. It’s like if I tell you a dog is a mammal you go no its not its a K-9. We are both right but you eliminate your

imperialshalom says:

so based on your argument…because he is rapping on this album then it is a hip hop album…so what about a Limp Bizkit album where the lead singer raps the entire album, or Rage Against the Machine. They rap more than Drake does on Take Care. Does that make them hip hop albums??

Jai Grant says:

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and 808s and Heartbreak had awesome lyricism. Take Care did not.

eagle12 says:

No it’s not hiphop anymore they are not even rhyming anymore they rhyme nigga with nigga. Drake is just a soft ass bitch who sucks at rapping.

imperialshalom says:

I never said they were strictly anything I was simply making a comparison to Take Care because you seemed to have generalized hip hop to rap in your previous statement and you haven’t given me any clear definition of what hip hop is to you other than rapping. Also you can’t compare the requirements of R&B to the requirements of rap…two completely different genres. And any genre can have elements of other genres and still be rooted in the primary genre itself. For example country artist rap but

eagle12 says:

No it sucked.

Kidz24 says:

Its the Prime Component of the Hip-Hop culture is Rap Music. Come on man, just stop…..

superpiff420 says:

These points are irrelevant the only nigga that caught a body was Gucci none of these other cats that talk about gunz and drugs are out killing people God I wish people were capable of thinking on a higher level

Kidz24 says:

So that’s why I have a problem of people calling this Drake album primarily a R&B album. When its Ultimately Soft/Melodic Hip-Hop. People just don’t know how to title sub genres of this Genre, and gets people confused as hell as to what is hip-hop or not.

Deondre Anderson says:

Ya well just Because its a New Sound Doesn’t make it not Hip Hop… Sugar Hill gang compared to Westside connections sounds completely different but it all comes from the Hip Hop culture. There’s too many people holding on to the Past that can’t see the future of Music and discredit Good Quality work like Drake because it doesn’t sound like older hip hop. Don’t be see afraid of Change. Change allows us to Grow and keep moving this Hip Hop thing Forward.

Kidz24 says:

Hip-Hop definition:
an urban youth culture associated with RAP MUSIC and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city.
Hip-Hop Music definition:
is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies RAPPING, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.
Reason I’m pointing this out is because you’re saying rapping for some reason isn’t a primary component that identifies Hip-Hop. Which it CLEARLY does in these definitions and common sense.

bigkev9539 says:

Nah, more like comparing a 7-9/8-8 NFL team to a 12-4 team who consistently makes the playoffs every year.

MJ's Glove says:

Nope not at all..not hip hop

Kidz24 says:

If you’re complaining about the sounds then yes I agree. But lets not get it fucking twisted here. The Album Clearly is Hip-Hop….

Kidz24 says:

And even then I can say on those tracks he’s singing on. He or someone else is rapping on it. So the album is 75-80% there is rapping.

I honestly don’t get it. Its like for example, Nirvana doing Grunge/Punk rock for 75-80% of their music and then they add elements of soft rock into their music from time to time (which they have done) for 20-25% and you calling them a primarily a soft rock group because some of the songs they’ve done. Its not wrong, but its not the correct title to call them.

Brianna Steele says:

i love the album to me it was more r&b

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