By Fabrizio Salerno
An agonizing one year and nine months ago, Drake announced his fourth solo album (originally titled Views from the 6, but shortened simply to Views). Not that it’s been radio silence ever since: The Toronto rapper had his biggest year yet in 2015, thanks in part to a surprise mix tape (If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late) which had hits like “6 God”, “Energy” and “Know Yourself”. He also released a joint Album with Rapper Future titled (What a Time to Be Alive) and released Hotline Bling along with Back to Back. The wait is finally over and Drake is soaking in all the love for his new album.
Coming off last year’s victory lap, many are wondering how Views stacks up to Drake’s recent output. For starters, it’s a much more chilled-out effort than expected, it can relate a lot closer to 2011’s sensitive Take Care than the powerful buzz of the single Summer Sixteen. Since within the first seven songs on the album go through the seasons in Toronto from Winter to Summer, then back to summer. With 20 songs on the album and verses that can help title any caption on your Instagram, Drake has done it again and has no intentions of stopping.
Like any album, you can’t just listen to it once and say it is good or bad, you have to listen to it a few times and let the music and lyrics grow with you like any album is. Since the album has 20 songs, in honor of Drake and the city of Toronto, here are 6 of the top songs on the album.
1. U With Me? Sure, many fans are disappointed that Kanye West’s bars were cut from the song Pop Style, but he still shares co-producing credits and creates a vibe that is like no other. 2. With You (feat. PartyNextDoor) The first (and arguably best) guest spot on Views belongs to the OVO Sound crew with Drake’s OVO signee PartyNextDoor, whose smooth vocals meld perfectly with the rapper’s portrayal of what he is describing in the music.
With the #3 song going to Faithful (feat. Pimp C & dvsn) Up until the song comes on in track list Drake has spent most of Views writing off fake friends and reminiscing about the love he has lost. Which is why this pulsing bedroom jam is such a refreshing change of pace, highlighted by some of Drizzy’s greatest accomplishments. #4 Controlla, Pop music has been struck with a case of island fever, with the works of Justin Bieber and Rihanna, Drake has added a whole new level with influences from the island tribes.
The #5. Child’s Play, this is Drake storytelling of the highest caliber, as he winningly details a petty argument going down at the mall. Guaranteed, this breezy number contains the greatest Cheesecake Factory reference you’ll hear in a rap song all year. In this line he talks about how a girl he had a relationship with, would get angry and raise her voice at a restaurant that he loves to dine at. Finally, the #6 songs goes to Too Good (feat. Rihanna). The Duo is back after taking the nation by storm with popular song “Work” Song-of-summer prognosticators, take note. The superstar duo delivers yet another stellar collaboration on this tropical-flavored duet. Feels like yesterday they collaborated on “What’s my name” but as fans we grew with them and with every song have improved.
Of course the album has many more hits on them but these 6 songs stood out both lyrically and musically to what character we know Drake to be. The overall hype of the album was well lived up to and the “6 God” has done it again.