Album Review: Thank Me Later

By Matthew Jordan

We are taking it back to an early 21st-century classic album, a time when this artist was on his rise to stardom. Thank Me Later by Drake is a throwback to 2010, an album which helped create plenty of memories from middle school, as the majority of the current SHS students were in 6th or 7th grade.

The album is mainly about love as Drake, along with featuring artists, explains throughout the album to always take care of your girl and treat her like a queen. It contains 17 tracks, the majority of which share a calm, mellow tone toward the listener, so if you would like to kick back and just listen to music, this is a go-to album. The album opens with a song titled “Fireworks.” The song opens up with fireworks going off in the background followed with the soothing sound of a piano, providing a very calm mood with a very deep meaning. Drake usually ignores questions in interviews, so what he decided to do with this song was answer those ignored questions that required more than one answer.

The song following “Fireworks,” is one of my favorites on the album. This song, “Karaoke,” is a story about relationship troubles Drake has as he rises to super stardom. The song states “ Isn’t it ironic that the girl I want to marry is a wedding planner/And tells me my life is too much and then moves to Atlanta.” The girl in question is named Jade Lee, who is now a very successful wedding planner in Atlanta. Another favorite song of mine on the album is the fifth track, named “Show Me a Good Time.” The main reason I enjoy it is the instrumental parts of the song followed with the tone of Drake’s voice during the chorus. The story behind the song is how Drake was dumbfounded about how this girl is still with him after all that he put her through.

Even though “Fireworks” and “Show Me a Good Time” are great songs, the one I enjoyed the most on the album is called “Fancy,” featuring T.I. and Swizz Beatz. The main reason why I like this song is not only because of the lyrics and the beat, but also the flow of the artists, especially T.I.’s verse. The song is mainly about how all the girls across the nation should be proud for who they are and what they want to be.

The last song I really enjoyed is “Best I Ever Had.” The song shows the passion Drake has towards the girl he truly loves. He enjoys her company and no matter what she looks like, he will always appreciate her. One of my favorite lyrics of the song is “Sweat pants, hair tied, chillin’ with no make-up on/That’s when you’re the prettiest, I hope that you don’t take it wrong.” These lyrics explain that no matter what his girl looks like, she will always be gorgeous to his eyes.

Overall, the message behind the album is to always treat your woman like a queen or treat every woman in this world as if they were supposed to be here on this earth. Their is no woman in this world that isn’t beautiful, through what Drake has stated in his album. This album receives 4 flames out of 5 due to some of the songs not having the positive, mellow vibe I enjoyed. However, I highly encourage others to listen to this album again, or if you haven’t listened to it, I encourage you to just sit back and give it a listen because you will not be disappointed. On the Mat Jordan Fire Fuego Scale, it receives 4 fires out of 5. 🔥🔥🔥🔥

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