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Three more reasons not to be skeptical of Drake

drakeDon't hate the Candian-child-actor-turned-rap-superstar -- hate the game. (Kyle Gustafson/TWP)

By Chris Richards

I get it. When the entire planet bows before a rapper who used to star on the Canadian equivalent of "Saved By the Bell," the alarms start going off. But "Thank Me Later," the new album from pop rookie Drake, is truly worth your precious time.

My review ran in today's Washington Post and can be read in the post below. Meantime, here are three more reasons to give the heartsick newbie a chance:

1. Because you finally came around on Justin Timberlake.

Deja vu, right? Fans seem dubious of Drake the same way they were dubious of JT when he went solo in 2002. Makes sense. Like Drake, Timberlake was a former child entertainer who made his solo debut as a handsome bro in his early 20s with the endorsement of some of popland's heaviest hitters. Drake probably won't be as funny as Justin when he inevitably hosts "Saturday Night Live" this fall, but I'd still like to see him shoot a Laser Cat.

2. Because Drake could have recorded a slew of singles, but he recorded an album instead.

I'm allergic to the back-in-the-day-ist posture that full-length records are superior to singles, but it's still a nice change of pace to hear a hip-pop album with such a cohesive tone and mood. And while "Thank Me Later" hosts a gaggle of separate producers, Drake somehow coaxed each of them into locating their inner-Enigma.

3. Because love takes time.

Ever feel your spiritual blood-sugar crash after listening to a pop album that reveals all of its charms in one spin? "Thank Me Later" won't do you like that. It gains momentum with each lap. For a wannabe superstar so desperately pining for our attention, it's hard not to respect Drake for demanding our patience, too.

By Chris Richards  |  June 15, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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