Drake’s “Her Loss” is A Solid Return to Form

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Listening to Drake since 2018 has been an unnerving roller coaster ride. After losing a rap beef to Hip-Hop legend Pusha T, and being exposed for having a secret child, something fell off the music machine known as Drake. The downfall officially began when he released his fifth studio album, “Scorpion.” While received positively by critics, many fans disliked this 90-minute album, with the album earning a 1.83/5 on RateYourMusic (9,504 votes). 

Between 2018-2022, there was a return to form from Drake on singles including his 2021 smash hit “Wants and Needs,” but a lot of his work has been mediocre, especially his seventh studio album released in June 2022, “Honestly, Nevermind,” gaining an average rating 2.06/5 rating on RateYourMusic (6,929 votes). 

Teased at the end of the “Jimmy Cooks” music video, the announcement of “Her Loss” was a surprise, as it was less than four months after “Honestly, Nevermind.” Most had prayed for a return to form from the 6 God (Drake) considering his album partner, multi-platinum-selling Atlanta rapper, 21 Savage. They have a history with each other, having partnered on multiple tracks. Drake’s 2017 track “Sneakin’,” 21 Savage’s 2020 track “Mr. Right Now,” and the most recent song, the aforementioned “Jimmy Cooks” appears on Drake’s “Honestly Nevermind” album.

While it doesn’t reach the peak of Drake’s 2015 collab album with Future, “What A Time to Be Alive,” “Her Loss” was an enjoyable album, and adequately showed the strengths of both artists. Drake has been well-known for trying to please fans of multiple genres on each album, but on “Her Loss,” he threw away that baggage and made it to satisfy the hip-hop community. 

He reminded fans who he is, whether it’s on “Rich Flex,” or “Treacherous Twins,” where Drake shows versatility as a singer and rapper. “On BS,” where he is on that BS, with aggressive and cold-hearted bars such as: “If he held his tongue on that live, he’d be alive again, damn,” or “I pay a half a million for his soul, he my nemesis.” There’s also the classic introspective Drake track “Middle of the Ocean” which uses The O’Jays’ “Real N*ggas” in the second part of the track, creating an interesting vibe to the song.

Meanwhile, 21 Savage perfected the role of a glorified feature. 21 Savage is well-known as a featured artist with amazing appearances on recent tracks such as J Cole’s “My Life,” Drake’s “Knife Talk,” and Nardo Wick’s “Who Want Smoke.” He only appeared on 26% of “Her Loss” compared to Drake’s 66%, but he still stood out in the context of the album. 

21 Savage especially shined on the song “On BS.” Going into a deeper analysis of the song, the back-to-back flows that Drake and 21 Savage have shown the ability of a longtime duo flourishing under lights. “3 AM on Glenwood” from 21 Savage was exactly what this album needed. Drake is well-known for his more introspective and sometimes sad tracks, and seeing 21 Savage successfully rapping over Drake’s specialty is something special. He has some hard-hitting bars as well with “Real gangster, when I’m gone, carve my name in the cement.” Despite ending as a glorified feature, 21 Savage brought some much-needed peace to the album, while adding some competition for Drake to up his level.

While there were high points on the album, there were a few low points. “Hours in Silence,” is a 6-minute 39-second track that does absolutely nothing and feels like a drag to listen to. It starts with Drake using a terrible autotune, before entering a woozy rap verse. Enter a weak 21 Savage hook which was only compounded by Drake continually repeating “Turn my b*tch up.” After that hook and a three-minute stretch where Drake is weirdly neither 100% singing nor rapping, the song disappoints me, especially compared to the rest of the album.

The production of “Backoutside Boyz” likely took inspiration from fellow Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Gunna’s track “Ski,” but fails to live up to the energy of “Ski.” “Ski” is a high-energy and overall fun song but in comparison, “Backoutside Boyz” drains all the energy out of that song. There were other forgettable tracks including “Spin Bout U,” “Jumbotron Sh*t Poppin,” “More M’s,” and the album outro “I Guess It’s F*ck Me.” The production is bland, the rapping is dull, and in some cases, it’s a combination of both. The album only charts in at 61 minutes, much shorter than the 90-minute marathons such as “Scorpion,” and “Certified Lover Boy,” and the number of dull tracks on “Her Loss” is thankfully much less than the previous albums.

Overall, this album charted as decent for me. Drake (at least somewhat) returned to form and shone in this album. Albeit a glorified feature, 21 Savage had his moments as well. Like Drizzy himself, “Her Loss” was a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs that culminated into a solid piece of work for Drake.

  • Rating: 5/10
  • Favorite Tracks: “Rich Flex,” “On BS,” “P*ssy & Millions,” “Broke Boys,” “Middle of the Ocean.”
  • Disliked Tracks: “BackOutsideBoyz,” Hours in Silence,” “More M’s,” “Jumbotron Sh*t Poppin.”