Album: Nothing Was the Same
Producer: Noah “40” Shebib
Label: Aspire, Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
When the tracklist for VIEWS materialized on Wednesday, arguments broke out on Twitter about what makes for a classic album, what the distinction has to do with the expression of meaningful ideas and the test of time. The second verse of “Tuscan Leather” is all about talk—who is doing it behind Drake’s back, who he’s not talking to, who he’s tired of hearing from (and about). He’s remorseful for neglecting his friendship with Nicki Minaj: “That’s why I need her in my life, to check me when I’m tripping.” (Is unchecked Drake the sound of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late?) He’s grading the output of his (lesser) peers: “You get an E for effort.” He’s seen the comments and he’s voting fuck you.
Presumably he hears about the Twitter talk—these “classic” convos aren’t a new phenomenon, aren’t specific to VIEWS—and I’d bet it’s what aggravates him the most: “I’m tired of hearin' about who you’re checking for now/Just give it time, we’ll see who’s still around a decade from now.” The time spent talking about how tired he is of talking is essentially Drake. —Ross Scarano