dropped More Life
and let's clear something up right off the bat - it's not an album or a mixtape, it's a playlist
. And to be honest, it's way better than Views
. It's an hour and 22 minutes, which is the same runtime as the latter, but it has two more songs and it's much, much more entertaining. It's not his best musically, but as usual, Drake fans are going mad over it.
There's a lot to say about More Life
. Drake takes advantage of the newest trap wave, including Quavo, Travis Scott, Young Thug, and 2Chainz. It seems Drake's newest obsession is the UK as he features grime artists, Giggs and Skepta. Drake randomly features South African producer and DJ, Black Coffee, and fellow Canadian, PartyNextDoor. He also collaborates with Kanye, who had a very Chance-like moment in "Glow." I guess he's over Kanye's rant, where he said Drake and DJ Khaled are "overplayed," and fun fact:
the song took 18 songwriters and producers to make. Whoa.
Drake mentions ex-bae J-Lo on multiple occasions, even reworking "If You Had My Love" on "Teenager Fever" and right from the get-go, he mentions her in the opening track, "Free Smoke" saying, "I drunk text J-Lo / Old number, so it bounce back
." They were rumored to have spent New Year's Eve together and Drake actually bought Jenny From The Block a $100,000 necklace. Scandalous. "Free Smoke" also samples a bit from "Building a Ladder," a track off of Hiatus Kaiyote's 2015 album Choose Your Weapon
The eighth track, "4422," is entirely by Sampha and a breath of fresh air, with not a single word from Drake. His smooth croon is laid over a bed of somber, bass-y synths. On "Jorja Interlude," Drake samples Stevie Wonder's harmonica solo from 2011's "Doing It Wrong." And at the end of "Blem," Drake's own mentor, Lil Wayne, makes a short visit with his raspy, Louisiana drawl.
Another thing to note about More Life
is it isn't leaning more towards any genre. It's hip-hop, a bit of rap, a ton of pop, and on songs like "Passionfruit," it explores a tropical genre and on "Get It Together," you get a dose of house music. It's all over the place - in the best way.
Drake's More Life
has more contributing artists than any other Drake project in history. So, there's that. But More Life
is a "playlist" that is both entertaining and dance-worthy. The format of this album is relaxed and it's suitable to everything we love about Drake. It's full of energy and it's a refreshing step up from Views