Welcome to Musical Appreciation. No, this isn’t a joke. You are reading this correctly. I am actually doing a Musical Appreciation on a Drake song. The guy who’s made several appearances on Target Practices, Random WTF Lyrics, and Worst Songs lists is the subject to praise. I’m just as surprised as you are, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Aubrey can be a damn good rapper when he tries and in the past, he has made some good records. The reason he stood out in the first place was because he used to be more personal and relatable with his rhymes. It can be annoying when he’s constantly talking about his wealth, success, or exes like someone who still isn’t over it, but when he makes a good song, he makes a good song. Today’s Musical Appreciation is the title track from his second album, which remains his best work to date outside of So Far Gone. Featuring Rihanna, this is Take Care.
First thing we have to talk about is the instrumentation. It samples Jamie xx’s remix of a Gil-Scott Heron’s cover of Bobby Bland’s I’ll Take Care Of You. So on some Inception shit, this is a sample of a remix of a cover.
All sarcasm aside, this is some good instrumentation and it’s the best part of the song. The light piano, the simple house beat, the shimmering guitar. It’s a relaxing sound. If I did have an issue, it’s that it’s WAY too similar to the Jamie xx remix, only without the bridge. But that’s just me. I do like hearing this sound and it hasn’t been desecrated, so it gets a pass in my book.
The original song is about being there for someone through thick and thin and in terms of capturing that feel, even if Gil-Scott nailed this and had the best interpolation of the song, Drake and Rihanna did a good job at it as well. Rihanna shines the most in this song. “Does she shine like a di-” *gunshot* She captures the emotion of someone who’s been beaten down emotionally and wants things to work out. While I’m not the biggest fan of Drake’s singing and there are corny lines in his verses (I guess some things just comes with this guy), it’s blended with his raps seamlessly to the point where I can tolerate it and the lines he present aren’t bad. He sounds like someone willing to settle down and doesn’t care what others think, he’s willing to put in work for the relationship. Like I said, this isn’t the best version of I’ll Take Care Of You (again, Gil-Scott Heron; look it up), but it’s still a great song and one of Aubrey’s best.
So that was Musical Appreciation. Next time, we’ll talk about Miss Jackson.
SONGS OF THE WEEK
I’ll Take Care Of U-Gil-Scott Heron & Jamie xx
Smiling Faces Sometimes-The Undisputed Truth
Really Doe-Danny Brown ft Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, & Earl Sweatshirt
California Soul-Marlena Shaw