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“For All the Dogs” Review

“Workin’ on a album, now it’s finished,”

Drake is back. The OVO rapper dropped his latest album, “For All the Dogs,” featuring guest appearances from J. Cole, Lil Yachty, Bad Bunny, Sexyy Red and many more. The album marks Drake’s third studio album to be released in the past three years, following “Her Loss” and “Honestly, Nevermind.” However, “For All The Dogs” quickly turns into a snooze fest. Out of all the artists to drop an 85 minute album, Drake is definitely not the guy.  Although it has strong moments, “For All the Dogs” is yet another boring album from Drake.

 The Features of “For All the Dogs” are really the best part of it. 21 Savage returns again from Britain and proves that being British is not a negative. If 21 is on a song, he often overshadows the main singer, which is what happens with most of the songs on “For All the Dogs.” From J. Cole to Yeat, and even Adonis, Drake’s son who has his own feature on the album, Drake seems like he cannot keep up with them. Their verses are far superior and have a better flow when compared to Drake. 

Although Drake incorporates modern, innovative and unexpected production choices, such as the Atlanta bass music influence on “Rich Baby Daddy” or the smoky, soul-drenched minimalism on “8 a.m. in Charlotte,” because it's not a Drake album without a song that includes a time and a city. Although there are some good things about “For All the Dogs” these moments are not enough to elevate the album. Drake’s ability to take inspiration from a wide range of hip-hop styles and artists is evident and proves that he is able to create an interesting and thought provoking album. Despite this, Drake fails to create  a cohesive and captivating musical experience.

Furthermore, the album lacks focus, drifting away from the experimentation and genre-blurring that characterized his previous releases. “For All the Dogs” is neither an essential Drake album nor a solid contribution to his cultural relevance. Although Drake tries to attempt new things, it seems to be a misstep in his artistic journey, failing to capture the attention and excitement of listeners. This has recently been a pattern with Drake albums, and the days of Drake reigning supreme over the rap game are gone.

“For All the Dogs” is truly for all the dogs here, all bark and no bite.

<Star Rating>

Features: ★★★★

Sound: ★★★★★

Production: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★


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