Drake: More Life Review

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Matt Belinson, Reporter

     

     Rap artists like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Future, Kanye West and others are all producing and creating music every year, each offering a new style of music. All of these artists are highly praised and respected, but one artist is at the top of the rap game, with his summer 2016 album, Views, selling 1,579,000 copies that year alone. This rap artist is Drake.

     Drake has been making music since his debut album in 2006, Self Improvement. Drake, a Canadian born rapper, has led the rap game for over five years with massive hits like “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance”. Drake has had a collection of albums, some liked more than others. Drake’s 2016 album was his biggest release so far, and was after a two year album hiatus. Many found the album to be disappointing and full of dancing pop-music, rather than rap storytelling. Views was a monetary success and gave the Toronto rapper an idea of what fans want him to come back to. More Life gave fans what they wanted.

     More Life is a 22 track “playlist”. It has 11 features on the project including Kanye West, PartyNextDoor and 2 Chainz. Drake wanted it to feel like a playlist, rather than an album with songs connecting in tone and story. The “playlist” offers new songs with Drake showing he still has rapping ability and great production. Drake brings back the aggressive nature of rap that his fans were missing. He starts off the playlist with a great new track called “Free Smoke”. After the first track, another aggressive song called “No Long Talk”. Then, the playlist changes styles.

     More Life becomes a dance-hall collection of music. Songs like “Passionfruit”, “Get It Together” and “Blem” sound really nice for pop fans and they all sound creative. Views offered two dancehall tracks with “One Dance” and “Controlla”, and both were not appreciated by rap fans. “Passionfruit” and “Get it Together” will most likely become the songs of the summer and provide smooth listens for Drake fans.

     The playlist becomes another product all together with slow R&B songs. Drake has features from up and coming Sampha on “4422”. This might be one of the best songs on the project with vocals and beats being the highlights of this track. “Nothings Into Somethings” offer a slower track with great vocals and very introspective bars about a girlfriend he once had. Kanye west and Drake combine on “Glow” to bring a slow and heavy track about both their lives as rappers. Kanye West is a rare feature and shows why he is such a blessing on a track.

     In all, Drake’s More Life is his best work in years. A rating on this playlist would be an 8.5 out of 10. A combination of rap, R&B, pop and introspective tracks bring the passion fans have been missing from Drake. The playlist is not available for physical buy as of now, but has already passed 84 million streams online. Spotify and Apple Music are the two big partners for this project and each have gained over 30 million streams. Drake may not be liked by every music fan, but no one can deny that he is at the top of the game and More Life could be another smash hit for “Toronto’s Own”.