While the pop world is still gushing over Rihanna and Beyonce’s new albums, the hip-hop world has been eating up Views, Drake’s new album.
With already over 800,000 albums sold (and counting), Drake’s fourth studio album, originally titled, Views From the 6, in my opinion, his most versatile album. With this album, Drake showcased his ability to blend his signature sound (with the help of his executive producer, 40), with 90’s R&B, Gospel, Dance Pop, and island influence.
It’s no surprise that Drake is the kind of rapper that shows his emotions towards the women he love, but on this album we get to see him show his emotions about his relationships with his former lovers, friends, family, and the city he grew up, Toronto, Canada. Drake also shows off his rise to the top and his success, which hasn’t really been shown in his previous albums, but I will admit has grown gradually. Of course, the album features Drake’s hit, “Hotline Bling”, but with songs such as “Still Here”, the Bryson Tiller-esque track “Hype”, and “9” (which is one of my personal favorites), Drake is for sure more confident in his success. I can see “9” being one of the many chart-topping singles on the album, and just in time for the summer.
On the note of summer, I would love to talk about the African/Island influence in a few of Drake’s tracks off the album (which are also good for this upcoming summer). Songs such as Controlla and Too Good (featuring Rihanna, who’s also gotten a lot of success with her 14th number single “Work”), definitely get the party going and brings out our inner West Indies dance moves. One song in particular, “One Dance” featuring WizKid & Kyla, has been buzzing on social media. Many of Drake’s fans have taken to SnapChat to post videos of themselves dancing to the song, and it looks as if this song could be another hit. I know for a fact, these three songs brought me back to my African dance days.
On the note of dancing, Drake is a versatile rapper, who can bring feelings and club bangers to an album. While everyone now currently loves “Pop Style”, Drake’s track with Future, “Grammy”, will turn the party out anywhere you go. DJs, if you’re reading this review, make sure you play “Grammy” at your next event and watch the crowd go crazy, thank me later…no pun intended. With protégé, PARTYNEXTDOOR, the song “With You” brings a dance-pop feel to people and can be played at the after parties. This mid-tempo track brings out the good vibes and the two-steps.
This is the part of the album I love. In my opinion, this is the part where we see Drake grow as an artist. Drake shows his maturity through Gospel-esque songs such as “Views”, and we see how Drake deals with trust of his family and friends with “Keep the Family Close”. It’s no shock to anyone that the Canadian rapper has developed a reputation for being a sentimental rapper, which to some can be a turn off but to others can be a sigh of relief from the turnt/club music. In this album, I’m really proud of him shaking off that reputation with numerous songs off the album. Bringing a R&B vibe to these songs, Drake shows he can get over the former friends and former loves of his life with songs such as “U With Me”, “Feel No Way”, and “Weston Road Flows”. With songs like “Redemption” and “Faithful”, Drake takes the upper hand showing how he can handle a relationship, which can also show his independence within a relationship. On the not of independent, Drake seems to embrace the side chicks and other options he has with his song “Fire & Desire”, which we hope doesn’t upset any of Drake’s female fans.
After listening to this album, I can see the growth in Drake as an artist and as a person overall. He has come a long way since the days of professing his love to Nicki Minaj, and to be quite honest, I don’t see other rapper topping this album. Views is for sure worthy of a Grammy nomination (and might even win one). I suggest everyone download it and take a listen. This is one of the best albums of the year, so far, and one of the only albums I can listen to from beginning to end (the other being ANTi). Now let me go and get tickets to this Summer Sixteen Tour.