Drake , released his new album titled More Life last week, and as usual the talks of Drake falling off of his coveted pedestal are running rampantly through social media outlets . As we hear with every Drake album that comes there is always that definitive line that Drake teeter- totters on with his melodic – ballad like singles meant for main stream radio as well as the tougher hardcore records that incite drakes acceptance of violence when confronted by those whom seem eager to test his gansta
Now views was an album that I have admittedly advised had to grow on me after a few listens. Of course there were standouts such as the Caribbean infused “controlla” but unlike material released prior i was unequivocally underwhelmed at first. One of my favorite albums, Take care was the perfected mesh of club hits , pop songs and gritty in its own way. More life continues its incorporation of Caribbean influence with undertones of steel pan, faux accents and lingo.
I have to be honest, more life didn’t give me everything that I needed from Drake. I thought after the beef with Meek Mill, there would be a an album full go the resurgence of the hungry, best you ever had, houstalatavegas Drake. Free smoke, the intro to the album gave me lackluster vibes. I did however like the introduction of London rappers Skepta and Giggs on the Skepta interlude and no long talk, he added the much needed confirmation that rap’s influence has taken over the world. His performance was smooth and accent was intriguing to those such as myself who were not aware of him. 40 and Travis Scott’s production was deliberate, and executed greatly throughout the album. I’m a little saddened by the fact that 40’s typical transition at the end of the songs were not there as frequently since they often assisted in indicating the conclusion of the song .
“Sacrifices” can easily house most of the Instagram photo captions for this summer with its standout punch lines and addition of major hip hop acts Young thug and 2 chainz. I hear some grittier Drake in the end of Lose you, and can’t have everything (he must have known i was slowly fading away) lol. “Glow” is another anthem for the summer. It’s my favorite Kanye, back in full effect which was an added bonus to drake rapping like a singing n**#$ (he said it, I’m just following suit). As usual Kanye’s signature sample use was added perfectly to the track making it a feel good anthem. Ice melts is a good way to conclude the album, and you can understand Young Thug’s vocals which add a light hearted feel to the track as well.
Overall Drake’s More Life could have well, given me more life. It seems like a continuation of views from the 6 and has the songs that didn’t quite make the cut from the past album. I thought there would have been a visible growth from Views and I didn’t quite see it. I will however, give it a few more spins and see if some of the tracks I listened to half- heartedly would begin to grow on me. Overall this album gets a C-. There were too many faux Caribbean vibes that lost me and not enough wowing punch lines to really have me go hard for this LP. Normally on a Drake album I enjoy just that… Drake. No features just Drake in his typical element. This go round I enjoyed the features a little more.