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All the Houston References On Drake's Nothing Was the Same

Today Drake will officially crown himself the current king of not only the rap charts, but moving the needle (both on and offline) with the release of his third album, Nothing Was the Same. The buzz around the rapper, ne Aubrey Graham, has swelled to almost insane levels thanks to Nothing's album art, which was ridiculed; the single "Wu-Tang Forever," which of course pissed off rap traditionalists to no end; and Drake's long-running infatuation with being the rapping/singing pop star du jour.

These are all necessary qualifications for any buzzworthy album, but something else goes without saying -- Drake loves Houston to death. No one man has flown a more appreciative Canuck flag for Houston than Drake, and little reminders of that are all over Nothing Was the Same.

Unlike, for example, A$AP Rocky or a few others who find themselves enamored with H-Town culture, Drake has been in the city enough not only to know established antiques, but inhabitants and then some. He's an honorary Houstonian whether you want to admit it or not.

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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