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Drake: Living in “Paradise”

This past Valentine’s Day, recording artist Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake, launched his Club Paradise Tour to debut his new album, “Take Care”.  Fittingly enough, Drake is living in a paradise all his own.

Between Twitter wives, fervent fans, seemingly everlasting fortune (he’s “25 sittin’ on 25 [million dollars]”) and a recognized name, Drake has reached a new level of fame.  His success continues to do him well, and he’s enjoying life on the road.  However, he’s reached new mental and emotional heights, and has shared them with anyone willing to listen.

Drake, at the end of his song “Headlines”, gives the listener a brief account of what “Take Care” is all about:

“I heard once that they would rather hear about memories than enemies; rather hear what was or what will be than what is; rather hear how you got it over how much it cost you; rather hear about finding yourself than how you lost you; rather you make this an open letter, about family and struggle and it taking forever, about hearts that you’ve broken and ties that you’ve severed. No doubt in my mind that’ll make them feel better.”

Perhaps one of the reasons he’s reached seemingly ultimate success is because of his new album.  “Take Care” is a unique album with many different mood elements to it.  For one, Drake raps about lost love and the pain that accompanies it.  His song “Marvins Room” is a somber and modern-day account of a previous relationship and dealing with the loss of a loved one to another man.  He also raps about living life in the proverbial fast lane much like his colleagues and mentors, particularly Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.  The third mood genre of the songs on this album describes how Drake is savoring his success and reflecting back on the road he’s traveled.

Drake’s living out his dream, one concert at a time.  After being asked in an interview with VMagazine, he mentioned that the biggest misconception about being on tour is, “That it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be…’cause it is.”

To view Drake’s performance of “Headlines” on tour, click here.


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