Well, the time has come. ‘More Life’, the latest Drake project, originally dubbed as a ‘playlist’ that would’ve contained and promoted the Canadians’ record label, OVO. However, of the 22 tracks on the album (I refuse to call this album a playlist), Drake dominates it and lets very little room to allow artists on his label to gain as much popularity from this tape.
Of the five artists signed to OVO, PartyNextDoor is the only artist to get a vocal feature on the album, while Nineteen85 provides some production to tracks. What also, typically and unsurprisingly, on this album is the ridiculous amounts of writing credits. Everyone from Kanye West, Mos Def, King Louie, Young Thug, Murda Beatz and Don McLean turn up to get in on the success Drake will most likely receive.
From the beginning of this album, I get a tingly sensation of doubt. My first initial reaction to listening to the album was why didn’t he just title it ‘More Drake’. I mean, at the end of the day, that’s what it really is instead of a ‘playlist’. Anyway, while the album plays out and Drake complains about relationships, sings with a grudge over his fling with J-Lo and raps furiously, proving his worth in the rap community over some of the cleanest production he’s got on a project. However, it is 100% not Drake that stands out on this album. Throughout, Drake supplies very bouncy luxurious instrumentals, experimenting with Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Pop, Grime and Hip-Hop. “Since Way Back”, “Free Smoke”, “4422” and “Nothings Into Somethings” are examples of the albums instrumentals that contain these experimental, dark vibe that see Drake looking back into his past projects for inspiration. Especially, “Nothings Into Somethings”, where he switches between rapping and singing, over an instrumental that sounds like it was made during his ‘So Far Gone‘ days.
Out of all the features on the album; Sampha, 2 Chainz, Giggs (twice), Quavo as well as others, the featured artist who stands out the most on the album is..Young Thug. His particularly bouncy and geeked up verse on his first feature of the album, “Sacrifices” is a melodic Trap banger. Thuggers’ flow over the airy beat allows him to provide one of his most entertaining verses of his career. Although Thugs’ verse is LiT, the thing that irritates me the most is that the beat is a blatant rip-off of Big Sean and Migos’ assisted track of the same name: “Sacrifcies”. The guitar chords and overall melody and instruments are ‘the same’ and just is another excuse for me to call out Drake for his unauthentic and less than original ear-for-beats and styles of music.
To conclude? There is nothing..that fantastic or intriguing about the album. Although he enlists big names in the Hip-Hop world as well as two names from the UK Grime scene, their featured additions to their respected tracks are of more value than any of the solo Drake tracks on this album.