“As Drake albums go, this is the Drakiest...Nothing Was the Same is Drake and 40's most audacious experiment yet in how far inward they can push their sound.”

— (Jayson Greene, Pitchfork)

“A more accurate title for this album might have been Everything Was Pretty Much the Same: It’s a brilliant summation of all the things you already love about Drake – unless you find him totally annoying, in which case it probably won’t change your mind.”

— (Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone)

“On NOTHING WAS THE SAME Drake broods like before, sure, but also puffs his chest in equal measure. He’s always used his music to send messages to women who’ve broken his heart, or whom he just couldn’t hold tight enough. Now he’s got something to lord over them, too.”

— (Jon Caramanica, The New York Times)
Fully realized if only intermittently engaging, NOTHING WAS THE SAME feels like a transitional record, catching Drake as he exits the “young turk” chapter of his career and enters a more rarefied stratum. He doesn’t sound like he fully belongs yet.”

— (Steven Hyden, Grantland)