Who New?: Three Things That Aren't The Same About Drake According To "Nothing Was The Same"

Hop on your favorite social media site and within 10 minutes you will probably see one of three terms: #NWTS, Nothing Was The Same, leak. Over a week before the scheduled September 24th release, Drake’s highly anticipated third album, Nothing Was The Same has leaked in full to the internet and reveals a few startling things about the rapper.

Drake turns 27 on October 24th and this would make the fifth year since a coyly assertive 22 year old Toronto child star bursted onto the scene with the emo-driven So Far Gone.

Nothing Was The Same lives up to its name.

His Relationship With Young Money Is Complicated

Paperwork  taking too long, maybe they don’t understand me/I’ll compromise if I have to, I gotta stick with the family/Not even talking with Nicki, communication is breaking/Dropped the ball on some personal sh*t, I need to embrace it.-Drake on “Tuscan Leather”


Straight from the “Tuscan Leather” intro of Nothing Was The Same Drake shrouds his relationship with parent label Young Money in a few vagaries. After being the only Young Money artist who has released an album to not appear on the Rich Gang album, Drake revisits rumors of his departure from the label with “paperwork taking too long, maybe they don’t understand me.”  While Drake has asserted on numerous occasions(and on the intro itself) that he will forever be on Young Money, other artists have also questioned Drake’s true intentions with the label:

Is he not in Young Money. I’m not saying it wrong but something is definitely not the same as the first album [with Drake]. That’s how I feel. How do you feel?-Nicki Minaj on Funkmaster Flex Show on July 29th, 2013

His once faux wife, Nicki Minaj, questioned Drake’s status with Young Money and later hinted at a disconnect between her and her one-time collaborator:

It gets a little hard to have a real connection when people are on different sides of the world, working on different things. You just never know who people got in their ear or what they’re feeling or maybe they felt wronged in some way. I don’t know. I just know that Drake is my baby and Wayne is my everything.

Drake’s Family Is Not The Same

My uncle used to have all these things on his bucket list/Now he’s acting like ‘oh well this life I guess’, nah fuck that shit/Listen man you can still do what you want to do, you got to trust that sh*t-Drake on “Too Much”


In the past, Drake’s family has been sources of motivation to the young MC in one way or another. Whether  his late grandmother looking out for him or his mom loaning him her car, Drake has painted his family as supportive bystanders of a child star’s sudden switch to pursuing music. On the album’s emotional apex, soul-infused “Too Much”, Drake gives a more mature outlook on his family addressing their complacency. Saying that “money got my family going backwards”, Drake examines how there are no more family dinners, his sick mother has become a hermit and his uncle has given up on his dreams. While the implication that his success has in a way stunted the progress of his family is surprising, the most startling revelation comes from the fact that not only has him and his father (the subject of his harshest family criticism in the past) have patched things up:

We been talking about the future and the time that we wasted/When he put the bottle down, girl, that ni**a’s amazing. Well, fu*k it, we might’ve had a couple Corona’s/Might have rolled a white paper just to hold us.

Drake REALLY Misses The 90’s

I sip Depora and listen to Cappadonna/The Fresh Prince is at dinner with Tatiyana/No lie/all these 90’s fantasies on my mind/the difference is with mine/they all come true in due time.-Drake on “Tuscan Leather”


Drake has a tattoo of Aaliyah on his back as well as appeared in the “ode to the VHS era rap” video of No New Friends and Nothing Was The Same does not necessarily disprove his fixation with the 90’s but it is the most tangible manifestation of that borderline obsession. Whether it’s quoting Wu-Tang members (and naming songs after them) or Drake is an 80’s baby living a 90’s. Drake even flips Ma$e’s classic “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” verse and given the landscape of commercial rap music, hits the nail on the head:

Who’s hot who’s not/Tell me who rock, who sell out in the stores/You tell me who flopped who copped the new drop/Who’s jewels got rocks/Who else make rap albums doing numbers like it’s pop? Drake.

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  • I’ll tell ya one thing that will never change.. the fact that dude music reminds me of that baby lotion that comes in the pink bottle….

    • 2012Industry1

      Sooooo….all rappers gotta be hard?

      • Brindle

        just harder than Canadians

      • keepitthoro

        what a hater, how you gonna just blast a whole country cuz you feel some way about one man..

      • Brindle

        LOL…. its a joke, but truth be told, when it comes to hiphop, i don’t think most intelegent people expect you to be hard, just no overly soft…

      • Kadadah

        Ummm you meant “intelligent”? SMH…

      • naw.. not at all… Just figured at the very least a song named Wu-Tang Forever would have some type of boombap to it… I was wrong.

      • 2012Industry1

        I remember when De La Soul, Tribe, and Comon were considered Soft music when compared to N.W.A., Geto Boys and 2 Live Crew at the time. It’s not soft, it’s different. There’s more people like Drake then there is like Gibbs, and the “harder” rappers who’s in the game today. Most of the cats calling Drake soft and gay, are just as soft, if not softer than him. You can’t deny dude got bars and dope tracks. To me that’s what matters.

      • so ur saying u like the album?

      • 2012Industry1

        I like the album, but more than that, I appreciate the artistry and effort you hear in whatever it is he does. He may be “soft” but he’s a great offspring of Kanye’s Movement. Like Kendrick, Cole and Cudi is. Different and Reminiscent at the same time.

      • Ralph Chef Leiva

        please don’t put Kendrick in the same category as the clowns hes a real rapper

      • Caliwaver

        yeah and that real rapper has a song with drake and that man name drake took him on tour with him.

      • Ralph Chef Leiva

        that’s the first person that fucked up the rap game kanye I agree drake album is trash if I want to hear a love song ill listen to frank ocean

      • 2012Industry1

        You don’t get it at all, and I cant blame you, then again I can. Hip Hop is a Genre of Music that SHOULD have Sub-Genres. Hip Hop is the only lane of music that hates itself! Sounds hella familiar! Open your mind, or Hip Hop will never be respected as a musical art form!

      • DreamZ

        got to walmart and see which isle you can purchase a sense of humor moist ass nigga



    • DreamZ

      Imabout to get kicked out the library laughing pink bottle

  • don’t matter, the album is dope. He’s not a great rapper maybe in the traditional sense but the dude has great musical sense and is a superior talent as an artist.

  • DJ7

    Nice promo plug b.u.t. I can almost guarantee that radio stations (insert your city) are already up on it…since I’m not a radio head I guess I’ll miss all of that…dang!!!

  • Dubz

    This is why Drake is so mad……….”Contract all F’d up…I guess that means you all F’d up…you signed to 1 ninja…thats signed to another ninja…thats signed to 3 ninjas…now thats bad luck…That ish even the odds now…you better off selling that hard now…you call it living out your dreams? You can’t fly without your wings…you get it”

    • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

      He’s only signed to one nigga. He’s not YMCB, he’s Cash Money.

      • Dubz

        Naw, He signed to YM, who is under Cash Money, who is under Universal….Lil Wayne signed him.

  • Are we quoting rappers word for word now? These are the same people how try to fool us thinking that DJ Khaled was trying to marry Nicki Minaj a month ago? The Hip-hop soap opera continues

    • Nemesis_Enforcer

      This website is OPTIONAL. You’re allowed to skip it.

      • Reading my comment is also OPTIONAL…..You’re allowed to skip it as well.

  • brotha_man

    album sales: drake vs r. kelly.

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      I’ll tell ya one thing that will never change.. the fact that dude music reminds me of that baby lotion that comes in the pink bottle….

  • PhilTheGreat

    Let’s be honest… the 90’s were the sh*t. Life was just better in general. The wars were over real things and the music was about more than random ass dudes making a quick buck and they put substance in damn near everything (including rock and R&B). Golden years of TV back when we had “the real” MTV and those classic teen shows; now everything is the next reality TV show and making ignorant a$$ people rich who diss their own fans. Then you got even dumber people saying ish like “nikka you hate just cuz you aint got that sh*t”. We’re heading towards that movie “Idiocracy” one day at a time. The only thing that is really interesting about now is technology.

    On the topic of the album though a few nice hip hop and I feel like the rest is emotional strip club music.

  • Young Savvy

    I’m from Cali and they compare me to Jay Z….
    Ok so I said I wasn’t gonna be the nigga postin shit that has nothing to do wit the article….. But ay I gotta make it in this game. My skills warrant more recognition than I got… So look I dont want u to just look me up. If I’m lyin I want u to respond to this post and tell me the shit sucks. Youtube/ Young $avvy “Control Freestyle”. Thanks for your time if you actually do look me up. IE, CA.

    • Charismatic Asshole

      bored so i looked your shit up, i thought it would be garbage but its was kinda nice tho…..real talk.

    • Luicecannon

      Keep grinding….I feel ya!

  • Luicecannon

    This album is wack…keep your money.

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    • You really like this album your broke ass just can’t afford it. Kid get good and step your money game up.

      • Luicecannon

        I didn’t mean to offend the gay community…Bitch nucca!

  • Invisiblebully

    ….. Wack album