Breaking Down | VIEWS

The long awaited fourth proper album is here, on the edge of our seats with a 20-track runtime, evolving and prompting us on how consistent Drizzy’s last few albums were by comparison.

A huge release, with summer peaking around the corner, every song is well mastered and detailed with layered samples, catchy Afro beats [One Dance] and dancehall waves [Controlla]. Well picked collaborations such as Canadian r&b duo dvsn, Riri [his sweet ting] and Nigerian born recording artist Wizkid. This may have been the outside of the box move to take. Setting aside that these artists are now being worldwide displayed as newcomers, excluding Rihanna. The input states controversy and differences we aim in artists. And the results illustrate both the city’s divisional culture as well as Drake’s strength in adapting to various styles.

But it’s the producers who’re really pushing themselves here, mostly pioneered by his right-hand producer, 40, Noah Shebib. A dedicated intro starts off with “Keep The Family Close”, smooth sampled bass violin added with agonizing synths to remind us of that time when Chrysler made that one car that looked just like the Bentley. “It’s a little chilly out there,” an unidentified woman says, introducing what’s about to be a long lamentation on severed relationships.

Although he didn’t keep out of the sight hyped trap tracks such as ” Hyped” and ” Grammys” [ft Future]. Coming back to soulful soft drake “Faithful” samples Pimp’s verse from Tom Ford (Remix)  and all of his ’90s throwback sensuality. Any album bloated with 20 songs is bound to have boring pieces that are just fillers.  At its halfway mark, we encounter heartfelt tracks such as “Redemption” stating “I miss the feeling of you missing me,” once again name-checking his exes. Step by step through this album, blinded feelings are revealed through “Weston Road Flows” a truly nostalgia track. “Summers Over Interlude” is all OVO signee, Majid Jordan in his low pitched vocals throughout a minute and a half. In Drake’s interview on Beats1 Radio, he described Views as a passing of the seasons in Toronto, from winter through summer and back again. Regardless of individual quality, the songs kinda blur together. Drake is the biggest star in rap but also the safest. Slowly debating on his growth or experimentation by just watering down reggae and Afro pop music. Views  shows how Drake’s original sound has become a genre unto itself — not just as a template for others but also for himself.

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