For the second installment of our 'First Thoughts' album reviews, we feature Drake''s new album VIEWS [Views From The 6]. We cover what happened, what you need to know, and what you need to listen to off upcoming albums.
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Drake is without a doubt his generation's unrivaled superstar and an artist who's quickly rising through the all-time ranks with every new Top 100 hit and platinum album. An internet sensai capable of flipping rap beefs and ghostwriting scandals into sold-out festivals complete with memes projected behind him, he understands how to manuever in the digital era better than anyone. Like the Tyrannosaurus or the Triceratops in their age, he is perfectly evolved for his time and his environment.
The one weak link in Drake's armor is that, unlike the other acknowledged greats, he doesn't have a consensus classic album. Ask 100 people if he has a classic in his catalog, and if so what it is, and you'll get 100 different answers. I think that's because his music is so uniformly personal; every Drake song is only about Drake and nothing else. Unlike the other multi-platinum rappers of his generation, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, he never inhabits other voices and perspectives, never even acknowledges a world outside his own. The effect is to make his music prolifically relateable - very few know what it's like to grow up as a good kid in a madd city, but we all have enemies trying to drain us of our energy, we've all driven through our respective cities with our respective woes - but has fittingly limited his album's lasting impact on the world. Drake's albums have all been massively popular, hugely influential on pop culture, but they've never said anything more than what they said about Drake, and what that says about the millions who like to envision themselves as Drake.
It doesn't matter. Like he's transcended every other barrier before him, Drake's transcended the bounds of the mere album. His loose Soundcloud releases garner GRAMMY nominations, every song on IYRTITL, his so-called "mixtape," charted on Billboard. And so now we have VIEWS, an album two years in the making that feels less like a highly-anticipated album and more like yet another guaranteed blockbuster that only needs to actually drop to continue his streak of platinum albums. I predicted that VIEWS would in retrospect prove to be Peak Drake, the album that later signaled his moment of highest importance, and it's finally time to put the predictions and hypotheticals aside and get to the real thing. Finally.
1. Keep the Family Close (Produced by Maneesh)
2. 9 (Produced by 40)
3. U With Me? (Produced by 40 & Kanye West)
4. Feel No Ways (Produced by Jordan Ullman of Majid Jordan)
5. Hype (Produced by Boi1da & nineteen85)
6. Weston Road Flows (Produced by 40)
7. Redemption (Produced by 40)
8. With You feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR (Produced by Murda Beatz)
9. Faithful feat. Pimp C and dvsn (Prodcued by 40)
10. Still Here
12. One Dance feat. Wizkid and Kyla
13. Grammys feat. Future
14. Childs Play
15. Pop Style feat. Kanye West and Jay Z
16. Too Good feat. Rihanna
17. Summers Over Interlude
18. Fire & Desire
20. Hotline Bling (Bonus)
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