Listen to “More Life” by Drake

After a long series of push backs, Drake delivers More Life: A Playlist By October Firm. The album holds new songs with contributions from Kanye West, Jorja Smith, Black Coffee, Giggs, Nineteen85, Maneesh Bidaye, Noah “40” Shebib, T-Minus, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Quavo, PARTYNEXTDOOR and more. But we’re not supposed to call it album, Drizzy wants it called a playlist.

The first single released from More Life is “Fake Love” — a song about inauthentic relationships in and out of the music industry. Fake Love is something we all experience and relate to but stars of Drake’s caliber experience it differently. They’re bigger than life superstars and have surpassed all expectations. Because of this, yes men pile around. They try to keep a slice of the pie, are afraid to call artists on their weakest effort(s) and as a result we get projects like VIEWS.

Sure, one could argue that Drake always feasts on newer sounds like a vulture that stalks its prey, but that’s a discussion for another time. Drake’s a vulture much like most artists that stay relevant for so long are. But it feels a little different with Drizzy, considering all the accusations and his changing demeanor. Fake people showing fake love are around him feeding him bad advice, being weak critics, hyping him up and tainting his views.

While VIEWS isn’t necessarily Drake at his worst, it is his worst project to date. A step in the wrong direction just like his earlier body of work If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Nobody wants to hear Drake misrepresent cultures and put on accents. It’s annoying at this point and when I hear him say “ting” I cringe.

Songs like “Controlla” and “One Dance” are hit singles and were nice to vibe to, but do they even really feel like Drake songs? Popcaan influenced and wrote on “Controlla” so much that I even like his leaked version best. Wizkid and Kyla are the ones to truly make “One Dance” what it was. Keyword: was. Both are chart topping hits etched in Billboard history but nobody wants to hear those songs again. Manufactured hits don’t last. Nobody will be listening to those songs in a few years. I don’t even want to hear them now. Hotline Bling suffers the same problem and will never ring off again. These songs are goners.

With all of that said, I hope More Life separates itself from those 2 projects and gets me in my feelings as much as Take Care still does. If it doesn’t, there are plenty of other projects out that will hold me over till when Drake stops playing around, takes time off, comes back and gives us a project of Take Care level. That’s what we truly deserve if More Life isn’t the one. I enjoy “Fake Love” on occasion but it’s not really in rotation anymore. The 21 Savage assisted “Sneakin” didn’t do much for me to begin with. It’s nice to see Drake is working with The Weeknd again. Lets hear what this full album is all about…

More Life: A Playlist By October Firm

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