Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” simply had this 12 months’s greatest debut week, a testomony to his immense endurance greater than a decade into his profession. But this album additionally displays a slowdown within the Drake Industrial Complex: He’s pulled again on sonic innovation, and his story tropes have gotten acquainted.
Is the age of Drake nearing its conclusion? He has been probably the most influential pop star — in any style — of the previous decade, however his concepts have been extensively disseminated and copied.
On this week’s Popcast, a dialog about Drake’s habits and tics, his relationship to social media, and the lengthy arc of the period he formed — and whether or not it’s going to ever actually come to an finish.
Charles Holmes, a author and podcaster at The Ringer
Jeff Ihaza, a senior editor at Rolling Stone