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I came into listening to this project hoping that I wouldn’t get Views Pt. 2.
We got Views Pt. 2.
Here’s my problem with this: Drake doesn’t know what he wants to be, and that’s why his projects have been so . . . meh. It’s all over the place. Now, mind you, I used to be the BIGGEST Drake stan, man. Miss Me? I know all the words. Nothing Was the Same? I thought it was heat. His features in the last few years? Bruh 🔥🔥 His projects over the last few years have just been lackluster because they lack direction. His last good one was “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.” That project was more rap than anything, and that’s what we want.
Drake, please give us what we want. We don’t want your dancehall. We don’t want your R&B. We don’t want whatever some of the stuff on Views was (“keychain go jaaaangalang” made me cringe in ways I could never imagine). We want your rap. Even then, like Drake himself admitted on OVO Sound Radio episode 38, his raps have started sounding super aggressive and defensive lately. Maybe that’s why he’s been trying other styles. He also enjoys singing and doing all that fake Jamaican stuff, so there’s that.
And that’s where the human part of all this comes in. Drake likes putting out the music that we don’t enjoy. Drake enjoys making the music that drags his albums down. Views was really good when Drake was rapping. The only problem is that he wasn’t rapping very often! That’s a big reason why that project was a flop after so much anticipation. But Drake doesn’t enjoy rapping as much anymore. So where’s the balance?
I truly don’t know. It sucks; the music that Drake likes to make is the music that we hate. He doesn’t like rapping anymore, but that’s when he’s at his best. Views and More Life are the embodiments of this internal struggle that Drake is undergoing at the moment. That and his identity crisis (what is he this week? British? Or is he still going with Jamaican? I don’t know, I lost track).
Take Care, when I listened to it as a freshman in high school was good, but not great. The more I listen to it, though, the more I realize that it’s probably his best album. That’s not ideal since Take Care really isn’t a classic. It’s really good, though! Every song on Take Care can still hold up in 2017. At the time, I complained about Drake trying to balance singing and rapping. If only it were that simple now . . . I honestly wish we were back to those days when that’s what we were worried about. Now Drake is trying to balance , like, 6 different styles.
That’s what More Life is. It’s too early to really “review” an album (it really dropped a few hours ago and cats are on Twitter throwing the “c-word” out. Nothing is a classic after 2 hours, my guy), so I’m just gonna give my first impressions with emojis for each track. My motto for how “good” an album (or really any media) is depends on how you feel when you consume it. Do you feel good listening to it even if it isn’t technically a “good” album by other metrics? Then it’s a good album. You don’t feel good? Then it’s trash. Life is more simple when you consume in this way. Who cares what critics say! Go with your own feelings.
What better way to measure feelings than with emojis? The rules: One emoji per song, and no repeats (unless I cheat. I make the rules here)
- Free Smoke – 🔥
- No Long Talk (feat. Giggs) – 🙃
- Passionfruit – 😴
- Jorja Interlude – 😪
- Get It Together (feat. Black Coffee and Jorja Smith) – 😓
- Madiba Riddim – 😒
- Blem – 💤
- 4422 – 😶
- Gyalchester (lol) – 😂
- Skepta Interlude – 🇬🇧
- Portland (feat. Quavo & Travis Scott) – 😤👍🏾
- Sacrifices (feat. 2 Chainz & Young Thug) – 🗣🎣
- Nothings Into Somethings – ↔️
- Teenage Fever – 😕
- KMT (feat. Giggs) – 👏🏾🦇
- Lose You – 🤔😬
- Can’t Have Everything – 🎯
- Glow (feat. Kanye West) – 👌🏾
- Since Way Back (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR) – ❓🤡
- Fake Love – 😭
- Ice Melts (feat. Young Thug) – ✊🏾☝🏾
- Do Not Disturb – ‼️🔥