By Sean Idris, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
This month’s new albums from the biggest names in the music industry did not disappoint to bring such conversations and/or debates all around the internet.
Aubrey “Drake” Graham, a profound artist hailing from Toronto Canada had been alluding to the long awaited “Certified Lover Boy” album release for some years now. The album released on the 3rd of September, yielding an immense 613,000 units sold in the first week alone, marking the highest first week sales of 2021. The album had an ample amount of features from artists such as Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi and many more. Despite the success on the billboard charts, many Drake fans did not shy away from sharing their opinion of the album on the internet. The main issue with the album when described by critics was that the project had little to no artistic value that Drake presented in his prior albums. Others claim that the album was actually well put together, and say that the album just needs time to get better.
Kanye West released the contemporary album “Donda” on September 1, which was teased for years by the Chicago artist, pulling in 309,000 units sold in the first week. The album received good reviews in terms of West’s artistic presentation which was heavily influenced by his recent association with Christianity. Sounds of Gospels, Sunday Services, and Bible Quotes were sprinkled throughout the album with features from the likes of Travis Scott, Jay Z and the late Pop Smoke. Kanye West fans so far are praising this album because of its uniqueness and production quality, while critics state that it’s not up to par with the modern standards of rap.
The internet has pinned these rap behemoths against each other, asking which album was better. Regardless of who released the better album, both sides have shown the sheer impact they have and have had on the music industry.