For me this has been one of the most anticipated albums of 2016. Drake’s Views (Views From The 6) has been in the front and back of our minds for a long time, but now it’s out was it what we expected?
With a star line up of producers, the attempted resurrection of a whole genre from another country (UK Funky house) and Canada on his shoulders – did Drake come through? For me, the album is really good, but I don’t think it’s a classic.
Musically, the album is good, really good. Some of the best in the game worked on the album from producers 40, Boi1Da and Brian Alexander Morgan (wrote and produced SWV ‘Weak’) to writing credits for Kanye West, Mavado and Faith Evans, you would naturally expect BANGERS.
But, although we shouldn’t, we all secretly have Kanye’s and Beyoncé’s recently releases in the back of our minds, and that is very tough competition.
‘All in all, after a few listens I think the album is really good, but not legendary. Did he drop it at the wrong time? Maybe. As I write this I’m looking outside my balcony, the sun is shining (It could rain any moment though, this is England come on) and I feel we needed a few more summer bangers. The music is good, really expressive and creative. The production is ace and the ideas work too, but it’s just not what I thought it would be.’
He opens up with ‘Keep The Family Close‘. It’s nice, the production is strong and introspective lyrics are still relatable. Felt very much like the opening to a concert, I can picture bright white lights, lots of visuals and Drake. Following this is one of my favourites ‘9‘ (excluding One Dance, Controlla and Pop Style). Produced by Noah ’40’ Shebib, Boi1Da and Morgan, and writing credits for ‘No Games‘ Sernai and fellow dancehall artist Mavado (plus more), a lot of talent put into this track. More rap, less singing and a tight flow, I could have easily reloaded the track.
U With Me is classic Drake. It’s a story, it’s relatable but it’s still from a different world to your average person. “I wanna know how much time you spent on the paragraphs where you getting me. All that grey in our history”. We have all been there.
Feels No Way was the first curve ball, I didn’t see it coming. I can imagine this being some peoples banger but not for me. Produced by Jordan Ullman (one half of Jordan Majid; producer of Hold On & Hotline Bling) future beats meets an old skool groove, and a singing Drake.
The next couple songs go down really well. Rapping Drake is back on Hype. A darker instrumental with Drake free to clear his mind and set levels at the same time ‘My enemies wanna be friends with my other enemies I don’t let it get to me’. Weston Road Flow is one of my stand out tracks. 90s hip/hop meets future sounds and it bangs, constant head-bops. Again quite introspective, Drake says he is the most successful rapper under 35 age he wants to retire at that age. The track also highlights his strong relationship with Noah ’40’ Shebib, “40 the only one who knows how I’ll deal with the pressure”.
Drake – Weston Road Flows
Is really Drakes best type of rapping style & flow IMO
— P Montana (@DJ_PMontana) April 29, 2016
Redemption shows Drake at his best when it comes to the slowed down vibes. The mix of honesty, simplicity and one liners is class. “Why do I want an independent woman to feel like she needs me”, “Since take care I been care taking”.
Party Next Door makes his appearance on the track With You. Production is really cool, a nice jumpy vibesy track and a lot of people seem to LOVE this song. I don’t think they say much but it’s still nice.
Production wise Faithful, featuring Pimp C and DVSN, is one of my favourites but as a whole it doesn’t really do it for me. DVSN RnB Soul sounds really nice, really really nice – he’s contending for best feature on the album.
The next 4 tracks are probably collectively the best part of the album. Personal preference please don’t shoot me. I pulled Still Here after the drop straight away. And again, and again. “And I see you’re girl like all the time, all the time no, I can’t tell you if she’s yours or mine but I do know, Me and all my
niggas doing well dwarg…” Too rude, too rude.
Controlla and One Dance – ABSOLUTE BANGERS. Controlla is legendary, if I’m allowed to say that. From time my mum has commented on how lively it is you know the track is special. I will not let the fact that Popcann is not on this version go (though he has writing credits). Sorry Drake thats not on. Di Genius and SupaDups worked on the track and the Bennie Man ‘Tear of mi Garment’ sample is just too much.
I don’t know how Drake really wanted to bring UK Funkyhouse back to life but One Dance is another 10/10 song. I don’t know how to describe it. Kyla meets Wizkid on a UK funky classic. Would have defo liked to actually hear Wizkid though, Are you mad, the afrobeats king and he couldn’t even get two two lyrics. Still a great platform.
When Drake and Future link up we know what they are capable of. TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL! Trap Trap Trap, it’s popular at the moment. This is one for the clubs and Tim Westwood’s Saturday night Capital Xtra show. Future is a beast, best feature is between him and DVSN. Child Play slows down the hype but maintains the quality. Maybe one of the best drops in the album. Hard to describe this one, you defo don’t expect it to go the way it does. Have a listen to it.
No Jay Z and Kanye West on Pop Style. Interesting. When this first came out I thought the track would be around for ages. Kanye’s verse defo kicks it up a notch but to be honest this version isn’t all that bad either.
Produced Nineteen85 by Too Good sounds very different to the rest of the album. Rihanna gets her say on the album and she sounds like an angel. I guess we have ‘Work’ already so we didn’t need another track like that but Drake still shows his new found love for dancehall, “cack up ya bumpa sit down pon it….”Check it out, I have no words of wisdom.
You can tell 40 and Drake were wrapping up a long day at the studio and thought ‘lets just chuck a piece of magic together really quick. Fire & Desire is one for the Netflix and Chill playlist. Slow vibes, simple, future sounds.
Views also gets a 10/10 mark from me. The lyrically content is too much. Very self reflective of his journey, his hometime and general life. He reminds us of his natural ability, why Drake is Drake in the first place.
And theres a slight variation on Hotline Bling. Only ever so tiny but still really good!
All in all, after a few listens I think the album is really good, but not legendary. Did he drop it at the wrong time? Maybe. As I write this I’m looking outside my balcony, the sun is shining (It could rain any moment though, this is England come on) and I feel we need a few more summer bangers. The music is good, really expressive and creative. The production is ace and the ideas work too, but it’s just not what I thought it would be.