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Drake – Views (Review & Stream)

Drake’s star-power cannot be ignored, which allows him to experiment quite a bit when he makes music. With that being said, ‘Views’ promises to have everything: Hard records, sappy records, Dance-hall records and even old school records. It’s a full body of work. Congrats to Drake on releasing, HOWEVER, you now gotta go through the wrath of me!


TOP 5


 5. WESTON ROAD FLOWS (5/5)

Drake decided to go old school on this latest version of his ‘9am in Dallas’ type track. You got Brandy in the background setting the 90’s tone to it, which gives the song this nostalgic feel (I’m joking about the Brandy part….I have no clue who that is).

This track is aggressive, but a lot less aggressive than ‘hype’. These are the type of tracks that are needed to proclaim your album to be a classic one.


4. HYPE (5/5)

Draymond Drake is in the house! Matter of fact, this is ‘IFYRTIL’ Drake! This is the song that he comes out swinging, and I love it! It’s ‘Summer Sixteen’ with a bit more quality.

What Drake does so well is find a way to make a tough record have a catchy ass hook. You ain’t even gotta agree with what he’s saying, but you will bob your head at least.


3. STILL HERE (5/5)

This will be one of the singles off this album.


The song falls in the ‘catchy as hell’ category; You’ll bop your head to it, and you’ll enjoy it greatly. You’ll definitely rap this to your friends, putting your fingers all in their face (especially in the clubs).

The melody is everything on this track. He switches the melody up a few times, and each time it’s one you can sing along to. This song is beyond dope!


2. CONTROLLA (5/5)

‘Controlla’ is probably my second favorite song of 2016 so far! The fact that Drake was able to channel this Caribbean/African sound, and naturally make it sound radio friendly is impressive.

‘Controlla’ has a few more melodies than ‘One Dance’, and to me, overall, is a little more dynamic.


 

1. ONE DANCE (5/5)

‘One Dance’ is probably my favorite song of 2016 so far. The fact that Drake was able to channel this Caribbean/African sound, and naturally make it sound radio friendly is impressive (De-ja vu much!).

My only issue with the song is WizKids part: WizKid should’ve at least had a verse on it! You can’t have him as the guy that is rapping his verse from the other room, he’s better than that!

I think rappers who want to make hit records should follow this same formula: Finding a simple chorus, put some alcohol references in that chorus, and have some girl that clearly sounds like she’s down for the get down singing in the background.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

Keep the Family Close (4/5)

9 (4.2/5)

U With Me (4.7/5)

Feels No Ways (4.3/5)

Hype (5/5)

Weston Road Flows (5/5)

Redemption (4.2/5)

With You (3.6/5)

Faithful (4.3/5)

Still Here (5/5)

Controlla (4.5/5)

One Dance (5/5)

Grammys (4/5)

Childs Play (3.9/5)

Pop Style (4.7/5)

Too Good (4.6/5)

Fire and Desire (3.9/5)

Views (4/5)


OVERALL RATING

7.5/10


This album is very dynamic! It has every possible sound a rap/r&b album could have. Drake has done a good job throughout his career in making tracks with different sounds, so when he makes an album like this, everything sounds natural.

The album is very consistent in sound, and believe it or not, I think this album was all business to him during the making of it. It seems like he was more concerned with the music as a craft, then the sound of music today — it seems he was more concerned with getting certain/specific sounds right, then just putting anything out there.

There is a lot of singing on this album; I think it’s official that Drake legitimately believes he’s an R&B singer. If Drake wants to be taken seriously as an R&B singer, I feel like he needs to adlib his s–t! It always sounds like something is missing when he sings (The whole album actually sounds like something is missing).

Drake does what he does best on this album; show versatility. However, it seems in his efforts, he compromised his lyrics, as they are a bit boring/lacking on this album. Nonetheless, it’s still listenable. Is it a classic album? Probably not, but it is definitely an album with a great body of work as a whole. At the minimum, the album is at least catchy! (Not sure that’s a good thing)

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