Drake’s Views, the highly anticipated fourth album was released on iTunes and Apple Music last Friday. The internet went crazy upon its release and with that being said, let’s see what all the hype is about.
Views goes through the seasons, starting in winter, as the wind sweeps you from the start of “Keep the Family Close,” with the 6 God spilling emotion infused lyrics that captures your soul, along with the strings and percussion. Production from 40 and Boi-1da on “9” takes you to an arcade area, getting lost in lights. Drake has a few samples on the album, as “U with Me?” is the first with DMX’s “What These B****** Want?” as well as, “How’s It Going Down” plays throughout the rest of the track and it’s a flawless production. We’re brought back to an 80’s slow jam in, “Feel No Ways.”
The upbeat track gets you ready for the change of warmer weather that is “Hype,” to which it rides the warmer waves of Drake’s rapping style. It doesn’t quite compare to the following track, with the sample help from Mary J. Blige’s “Mary’s Joint.” It’s clear we are in spring and Drake begins to reminiscence on his fame and how fast his life has become since those “Weston Road Flows” days. If there were to be a “Marvin’s Room PT II,” “Redemption” would be that follow up, lyrically, off the latest track “With You” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR. This is the first feature we see and is felt almost forced, kind of like that random cold day in spring. The sample is from Pimp C’s “Tom Ford (remix)” is layered nicely over the 90s infused R&B of DVSN that is “Faithful” and to simply put it, it’s a smooth track. Out of a 20 song album, there were to be one or two fillers and “Still Here” is one of them.
Bringing in the summer with “Controlla” and the heavily Caribbean influenced track, with “Tear Off Mi Garment” by Beanie Man sample, although, it couldn’t get any hotter with “One Dance feat. Wizkid & Kyla” with its Afropop infectious beat either. “Grammys” featuring Future, sounds like another filler with the beat being repetitive after awhile. “Childs Play” is just that; Drake bouncing from one verse to another while having fun. “Pop Style,” had Kanye’s and Jay Z’s verses snipped on the album version, but still a decent track nonetheless. “Too Good” featuring Rihanna is their fourth collaboration together and the pair’s chemistry along with the island waves is another summer hit.
“Summers Over Interlude,” is basically a clean transition into fall. The sample “I Dedicated PT I” of Brandy on the 18th track of “Fire & Desire” is real fire for the emotional listeners. On titled track “Views,” Drake is giving self-hype on his accomplishments. Good way to finish off the Views season. “Hotline Bling” feels more of a bonus track, as it was release prior, showcasing his “Chris Breezy with the dance moves.”
Drake’s style to appeal his fan base is half the hype why people claim it’s a classic, the other depends on the season.