Jeff Ihaza, who reviewed Certified Lover Boy, joins host Brian Hiatt for the discussion. (One key line from the review: “Drake’s much-publicized feud with Kanye West, to whom the album devotes a great deal of subtle and not-so-subtle energy, appears to have corrupted much of what he does so well.”)
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