Beyoncé — who invented the surprise album her self-titled set Out of Nowhere in 2013 — decided to free us from endless worry by revealing Thursday that her highly-anticipated seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” is finally out. Will release in July. 29.
But a few hours later, Drake tried and announced to Queen Bey one-by-one that his own seventh studio LP, “Honestly, Nevermind,” would drop at midnight.
Just when it seemed like it was all Harry Styles’ world, in one day, two of music’s biggest stars made the summer hotter.
“Honestly, never mind”—and a wild video for the first single “Falling Back,” featuring a parade of women vying for his bridesmaid—comes just nine months after Drake’s “Certified Boyfriend Boy”, Despite the success that “They 2 Sexy” and “Girls Want Girls,” were somewhat disappointing by their standards. And this 14-track LP is a radical reset for 35-year-old artist Aubrey Drake Graham.
It’s a full-face from hip-hop to house. And it’s a vibe.
Drake has made two forays into home territory before hits like “Passionfruit” and Rihanna’s collaboration “Too Good” and most memorably, “Take Care.” But “Honestly, Nevermind” — whose gothic album cover looks like it might be more heavy metal than house — has a trancey, trippy twirl in Club Underground that’s more “After Hours” than The Weeknd’s 2020 blockbuster. ” Is.
No doubt about it, this album isn’t about the hit singles that have been falling on us relentlessly since 2009’s “Best I Ever Had.” It’s about busting a move – and a mood.
South African DJ/producer Black Coffee helped lead Drake to the dance floor, whose 2021 LP “Subconscientiously” won a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album in April. But it’s the spirit of groundbreaking designer Virgil Abloh—Drake’s good friend and head of a household who passed away last November—that you can hear pumping through these beats.
In fact, “Honestly, never mind” is dedicated to Abloh. And Drake not only gives the former artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear a shout-out to Afro-house jam “Sticky,” but he samples his voice, too.
“Sticky” and the hypnotic “Calling My Name” also make Drake look very sexy. “Your pee-y is calling my name,” he sings later.
But in the end, Drake is like a certified Lovelorn boy on the heartbreaking home of tracks like “Down Hill,” “Tex Go Green” and “Liability,” on which he uses a vocoder to deepen his voice. Is.
And while Drake is more of a creamy-voiced crooner than a rapper on “Honestly, Nevermind,” he ends the album with his most hip-hop track in “Jimmy Cook”—his old ” Degrassi: The Next Generation”. Character Jimmy Brooks – As he spits it out, “Throw a party for my Day 1.”