Unpicking Drake's New Album 'More Life'

Jennifer Lopez

Given his tenure as one of pop's most dominate artists, it's stunning that Drake only had his first No. 1 single as a lead artist past year with "One Dance".

The tracklist includes the likes of Kanye West, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Quavo, Travis Scott, and Giggs.

New music from Drake is now available for purchase, download or streaming.

In addition to Drake's work with Black Coffee, he also titled uptempo-track, "Madiba Riddim" after South Africa's former president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. The 22-track set could score over 275,000 streaming equivalent album units, which would equal 412.5 million streams of More Life's tracks in the week ending March 23 (each streaming unit is equal to 1,500 streams of songs on an album). But perhaps the difference between the poorly reviewed Views and More Life, which Twitter welcomed as a return to form for the rapper, has as much to do with its framing as with its songs. She asks him to check his emotions saying, 'this negative tone that I'm hearing in your voice these days.

Terminology aside, it's a sprawling, star-studded release, and an impressive achievement - one that signals a new level of ambition for Drake.

Considering Drake's "Views" was the top-grossing album of 2016, there are incredibly high expectations surrounding "Life", which Drake dropped Saturday night.

As it turns out, J.Lo does appear on More Life, but not in the capacity that many first thought. "But obviously I know why I'm here, I know who my core fan base is, and so toward the end of the album, I tried to execute it as best I could on the rap end". The macho hollers surrounding trap track "Gyalchester" are laughable to begin with, and that's before Drake jumps in with ultra-weak boasts like, "I don't take naps/Me and the money are way too attached to go and do that". He even leaves time for one of Canada's most popular tourist attractions, though it's not exactly a shining endorsement ("We evolved, used to think vacation meant Niagara Falls" he raps on Can't Have Everything). "But that attitude will just hold you back in this life".

"That's why he's trying to call it a playlist because he has a bunch of people in a space, hanging out".

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