The months leading up to the release of Drake’s third studio release were cloaked in a spirit of anticipation. Both men and women-temperamental and ice-hearted-anticipated the lust-struck confessions, admissions of imperfection and cuffing season play-by-play of hip-hop’s most emotive rapper-slash-singer. There’s something about the amiable Canadian, with his therapy session flow and his save-a-trick tendencies, that strikes a collective nerve. After his tears seeped through speakers on Thank Me Later (2010) and Take Care (2011), it was safe to assume listeners should prepare for Sept. 24 stockpiling boxes of Kleenex. NWTS wasn’t quite that.
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