Until now, Drake’s videos have been straightforward performance clips featuring cameos from famous friends, bosses and label mates, or slightly tongue-in-cheek visuals flaunting the bodies of his female counterparts, all known to bring smiles—and probably something else—to a viewers everywhere. Despite these trends, we’d be stupid not to think two albums and his own lofty goals wouldn’t give way to something truly special by now. And when considering the fact that he’s teemed up with Rihanna, the professional history and seething storm of sexual tension is too powerful to ignore. Seriously, guys? Can you try it out one more time, just for us?
Directed by Yoann Lemoine, “Take Care” is the most minimalist and artistic Drake video to date, which seems contradictory to all those who remember his “Practice” video from a couple months back, consisting almost entirely of a lone booty making a slow clap. But what it trumps its predecessors in terms of performers (count ‘em: Drake, Rihanna, an intimidating bull, one flexible dancer, a fish and a blue jay) it pulls back in terms of storyline, opting for zero dialogue and the vaguest of plots, while two stars are given the chance to do some of their best emoting. (Maybe Battleship won’t be so bad after all!) And that’s a good thing. Vast arctic landscapes introduce us to the conflicted feelings between the two, with quick cuts taking us from the narrating Drizzy to a somber and lonely Rihanna, and stately animal in between, allowing for horoscope enthusiasts to enter their own takes on the importance of Taurus, the sign of the bull and the astrological symbol of none other than Chris Brown. We’re open to other interpretations, but when inserting the likes of Breezy—who seems incapable of not being brought up in Rihanna conversations—Drake’s making a pretty bold statement, assuring his collaborator, and perhaps all in Brown’s path, that he’ll always be there for epic hug sessions. Moody and beautiful, with extreme gossip column potential, it’s a huge departure from the early days of Aubrey Graham in “HYFR.” Everybody needs to be multi-faceted! Watch below.