Drake drops More Life almost five months after he announced he would. In a recent interview he said he wants his fans to see this as a playlist rather than an album, with one listen its obvious why he wants that. It does feel more like a playlist than a mixtape nor album.
Twitter is filled with excitement with this project already garnering two trending topics. Drake takes us on a musical journey frequently expressing his obsession with the U.K. grime scene, you can hear that influence on a few tracks. One featuring Giggs (“No Long Talk” and “KMT”) and another Skepta (“Skepta interlude”). Another cool thin about the album is the rumored love interest between him and Jennifer Lopez is hinted to as well, even sampling the singer’s 1999 hit “If You Had My Love” on “Teenage Fever.” The always provocative Kanye West is featured. Drake has mentioned them collaborating and at least this one song is an outcome. The tune “Glow” which uses Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Devotion is hot!”
There is high expectations with this playlist in the streaming world, his last album, Views, was streamed over 250 million times in its first week on Apple Music. With More Life getting prominent placement on Spotify, Tidal, and Google Play Music just to name a few services, there’s a strong chance More Life will push the single-week streaming record out of reach for months to come.
There are many features including Young Thug who guested on Drake’s European Boy Meets World Tour, obscure artists like Jorja Smith, Giggs, and Black Coffee, a South African house DJ who crushes it on “Get it Together” which is one of my favorites, the beat drives hard with a touch tribal energy.
We’re admitted Drake fans here at MCJ, while there’s still more songs to listen to, off first impressions his flow, music and diversity are consistent with what we love him for. Let us know what you think.