Let’s take a moment to lament the days of youth. To most, these years were full of adventures and excitement, as we truly felt like we were scientists trying to make sense of the world around us. Every sight was a new scene; every feeling was a new sensation. It was a time where there were no mistakes. Adults and the like would justify your actions, calling you inexperienced children who didn’t know any better. This innocence spread through all facets of your life, and as such, you began to consider things as they appear to be and not what they actually are. Eventually, a swear word here and an inappropriate image there washed away whatever innocence you had. After being told to “grow up,” you begin to follow the norms of society and occasionally look back at the nostalgia that was your upbringing.
Earlier this week, Toronto crooner Drake released the much anticipated cover for Nothing Was the Same, his next album which got pushed back to September 24th. The project, which features a much younger, chubby cheeked version of the YMCMB affiliate rocking an afro looking at a fully grown Drake on the alternate cover, definitely leaves the individual to inquire as to what the motivation behind the image was.
In an interview with MTV, artist Kadir Nelson revealed that Drake “…wanted something that was a little bit more artsy and had more weight to it, so I did a number of sketches, and when we picked out what he liked, I sculpted it together.” But you’re not a new jack to the world of Hip-Hop, you’ll know that this formula has been practiced in the past by some of the most prominent artists in the game.
Besides being regarded as one of the greatest albums in Hip Hop history, Nas‘ Illmatic is noted for being one of the most iconic covers of all time, beautifully juxtaposing the dreams and actions of a child with the harsh and bitter qualities of the streets. The biographical soundtrack changed the game more ways than one; The Notorious B.I.G, Lil Wayne, J Cole & even the newly self titled king of New York Kendrick Lamar all owe it to Nasty Nas.
But what makes this feature so admirable? It doesn’t matter where you call home or what the colour of your skin is, we can all connect (to some degree; If you live in the suburbs, you probably can’t justify sipping Moët and running from the cops) with Nas’ message of losing the characteristics of our youth and how it seems like our actions are a far cry from what we once were. Will Nothing But the Same follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned classic? Will the project be a flash in the pan? Love him or hate him, Drake’s talents can’t be swept under the rug. Let’s hope that he does justice to this tradition instead of being a pariah for this decision.
Here’s five tracks you may have missed during the everyday grind of the week…
1) Peter Leo – “Liquor Store” (prod. by DJ Concept)
2) Meyhem Lauren (feat. AG Da Coroner & Action Bronson) – “Drug Lords” (Prod. by Harry Fraud)
3) Bambu (feat. D-Styles) – “Last Year”
4) Ka – Peace Akhi
5) Wordburglar – “Rap Viper”