Can Drizzy not drop a bad album? Is the Pope Catholic? Do you dissolve into an inconsolable puddle of tears every time Noah says ‘I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year’?
You may have answered ‘yes’ three times.
‘Views’ has the same mermaid (underwater-sounding) beats we have grown to love since Drizzy popped onto the scene some time ago. However, the Drake embraced on this album is not the one you might hear blaring in the clubs, but rather the one you listen to late at night, when you should be asleep, but prefer to lie awake in the arms of one of Drake’s sweet lullabies.
The ‘midnight in my thoughts’ music has arrived, this album being very reminiscent of ‘Take Care’, and I couldn’t be happier. My Drake is back. After two listens through, I’m ready to give my views on the four ‘must listen to’ tracks on ‘Views’.
U With Me
The song starts with a phone ringing (Marvins Room feels coming back), layered with synth-keys, and a DMX sample – ‘what these bitches want’, Kanye doesn’t disappoint on the beat. Opening with ‘On some DMX shit, I group DM my exes’, Drake takes us through a ‘can-I-trust-you?’ type history with one girl, or perhaps every girl in his past, focusing on emotions one goes through when sending/receiving texts.
The highlight of the song comes when Drake compares a girl playing with his heart to a McDonalds meal.
‘you toyin’ with it like happy meal
3 dots, you thinkin’ of a reaction still’
Oh Drake. You funny boy. It’s what I’ve been waiting for though.
The 1 minute 10 second outro of synths, muffled vocals, strings, keys, in a very only-drake-could-pull-this-off type ending, is everything you were hoping for. I love the old Drake even more when it’s the new Drake, and this song is a testament of just that; staying true to his sound, and refining his craft to flawlessness.
Weston Road Flows
Drake reps the street he grew up on in this, wavy, reminiscent of TLC, sounding joint. I couldn’t pick the sample, so I googled it, and it’s Mary J. Blige (straight diva – 40 knows his stuff). Drake goes on in length about growing up in Toronto, working harder than everybody else, and how everything changes when you get famous. Well I wouldn’t know about that, thanks for letting us in, Drake (It’s lonely up top right?). The rap is one long verse, sort of like 5AM in Toronto, but on a more laid-back beat. There are a few corny lines, but mostly it’s just Drake doing what he does best, talking about starting from the bottom. But I’m not buying that you ‘did this shit for my nigga Renny, back when we couldn’t buy pizza cause we were down to pennies.’ Because we all know you were rich af when you were born. Anyway, it’s a lit track. Listen to it.
Faithful (ft. Pimp C & dvsn)
The beat is reminiscent of a track you could find on ‘Nothing Was the Same’, and opens with a borrowed verse from the late Pimp C over an Amber Rose sample as she talks about her expensive tastes. Pimp C’s abrasive verse is in direct contrast to the smooth Drake verses we have experienced in the first half of the album, and marks a change in tempo as we begin to steer away from ballads into a different sounding back end (which fyi is filled with dancehall-vibes). Drake raps to a love interest, repeating, as the title would suggest, that he will be faithful to her (yeah right). He does leave us with a great Drake one liner though, in which he tells his girl that he will have her ‘coming all summer like a season pass’. dvsn has outro duties and delivers a sensual, lets-make-love-forever-style verse. It works. Smooth stuff, Drake. Smooth stuff.
Too Good (Ft. Rihanna)
Oh yeah, this is what I will be dancing to for the next few weeks. Bad Gurl RiRi & Drake only know how to make good music together. This time they have joined up to create a reggae/tropical-style, back and forth between two lovers/ex lovers (please just get together already, or at least drop a collab album). The crux of the song revolves around the hook ‘I’m too good to you’, groovy base line, and some sort of rhythm sticks (maybe castanets? I’d totally forgotten those instruments existed until just then). Drake drops a couple of lines in Jamaican, ‘cock up yuh bumper, sit down pon it’, which I’m certain when read in English must mean nearly the exactly same thing as it sounds like. But it sounds better in Jamaican. I know. Anyway, you can be sure this song ends up on your ‘road trip’ mixtape.
Drake has delivered again, and I recommend you listening to the album in its entirety, because that’s what it deserves. However, if you are time poor, or don’t care for Drake (p.s. I don’t care for you if you don’t care for Drake), these four songs will surely make you feel something.
Where your next album at tho, Drake?