Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" Reviewed: "Pound Cake" / "Paris Morton Music 2"

As is befitting an album in which so few of the songs exists into themselves, the closer to Drake's Nothing Was the Same is a two-part, essentially two-song track, split into the self-congratulatory We Made It anthem "Pound Cake" and the more introspective "Paris Morton Music 2." They're both fine songs, particularly the latter, which features some of the album's more emotional moments, Drake temporarily breaking from his hard-earned narcissism (a la Kanye) to lament a female confidante having a kid and rejecting his support, to acknowledge how lucky he is that Wayne even discovered him in the first place, and as is again Drake tradition, to end the album with a reference to its title.

It's a pretty note-perfect way to end things--with one big exception. Well, two, really, since the scratched-up sample of the hook from Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M." that provides the refrain for "Pound Cake" is pretty sloppy--it actually sounds like it's being human-beatboxed, which, really? But that's nothing compared to how destructive the phoned-in Jay Z verse is to Drizzy's closing statement, a tapestry of awful cake puns ("Look at my neck, I got a carrot cake"), clumsy references to Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood, and a laundry list of artists who owe royalties on their fortunes to S Dot, which is kind of like a much more passive-aggressive (and much less fun) spin on the list of rappers Kendrick Lamar was trying to murder on "Control."

Sad to see Jigga not really helping matters for his former honorary protege, especially since a top-form Jay cameo could've really taken the track to the next level. Still, it's Aubrey who has the last word, and PMM2 is such a beautiful note to end the album on that Jay's verse is almost forgivable as a result. Almost.


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