If Take Care was influenced by the harsh Toronto winters then NOTHING WAS THE SAME benefitted from the comforting warmth of Drake’s new U.S. residence. The move to L.A. had a profound effect on Graham and Noah “40” Shebib’s creativity and it showed in the music. Drake’s bars were taut, his melodies brighter, and each song sounded crafted like it was meant to come alive in a stadium.

"I still live in Toronto and love the city, but there's just so much going on for me in the U.S. I recently made the move to L.A. There's a new atmosphere. I'm getting to know new people...Anybody knows that when it's new, that's when I thrive. When there's new things to talk about that's really when I get off."

(Billboard, 2012)