More Life, Drake’s much anticipated 22-track follow up to last year’s album Views, finally dropped. The album, which drake refers to as a “playlist”, features an impressive collection of songs.
Last October, Drake announced More Life with a December release date along with a few songs, including the quintessential narcissistic Drake hit Fake Love. Unsurprisingly, that release date didn’t happen, and after numerous delays More Life: A Playlist by October Firm premiered on Saturday night on OVO Radio, his Beats 1 radio show. Initially the delays appeared odd for what was supposed to be a stopgap release, but at 22 songs this clearly wasn’t a minor project for the rapper.
More Life offers little solace for those who never bought what the Canadian rapper was selling but for his fans that gave his songs billions of streams last year, they’ll hear no issue. Last year Drake pivoted into afrobeats and dancehall with One Dance and Controlla, and the early More Life run of Passionfruit, Get It Together, Madiba Riddim, and Blem proves that wasn’t a passing interest. Even with an appearance from South African house producer Black Coffee.
Drake has also featured Brit acts such as Giggs, Skepta, Sampha and Jorja Smith. He also features Kanye West and Future on some tracks. It’s important to note that Drake isn’t just grabbing the artist with the biggest following either, nor the one who’s charting best. He’s chosen Jorja Smith, a rising soul and RnB star with a small crowd of loyal fans, who’s yet to dent the mainstream. He was following her on Twitter six months ago, before she’d even released her mixtape.
The Canadian rapper seems to have also taken to grime as it provides the general feel in his album, giving the album a distinctly Brit vibe’ with tracks like Passionfruit, Madiba Riddim, and Blem
Drake recently told the crowd of his Leeds gig: ‘I’m excited, ‘cos I’m about a week-and-a-half, two weeks away from finishing this project I’m working on called More Life.
One could make the argument that the use of the term playlist works in the sense that Drake manages to create something for everyone on this project, pulling from, mostly, all the best elements of his career so far and churning out legitimate hit songs one right after the other.
Hate or love Drake, you possibly can’t miss a song you’d like in this one.