A surprise album from Drake and 21 Savage popped up and then was delayed a week, but finally reached fan’s ears. On the mic, it was kind of a mixed bag between the two rappers. Coming off of Honestly, Nevermind, Drake knew he had to return with some bars for fans and he did that at times on this project. It almost seems like a bit of a redemption for Drake since the last album was so bad. Adding 21 Savage on here might not have been the best move ever since 21 isn’t good at rapping. Sure, he as some shock value bars here and there, but when you really look at it, he’s hot garbage. Drake is just so good and so talented, and he has this tendency of working with artists that are beneath him. I don’t know if he thinks he has to stay relevant with a younger crowd or what, but he takes away from his artistry and talent when he works with people beneath him. There is only one feature on this album from Travis Scott. The beats on here are pretty decent overall. I think they seem to have went with more of a modern sound instead of Drake’s last dance album. The highlight of this project is Drake’s bars on “Middle Of The Ocean.” He rhymes over an old Diplomats beat which just sounds absolutely stunning. I always love when Drake gives us bars over classic beats. You really can’t beat him when he is at his best. “Jumbotron Shit Poppin” is another decent track that deserves a shoutout. All in all, this album sounds pretty good and we hope that Drake is back on an upswing.
This new album is trash. Just straight trash. People can try to fake like it’s not, but it is. It is not on the same level of talent that Drake has made us used to over the last 10 years plus. Every prior album has had at least some level of greatness, but this one is nowhere near them. The only feature is 21 Savage and honestly, we didn’t really want one from him anyway, but it’s one of the better tracks on the album. Drake has a great voice and sings well, but the production on this album ruins it. The whole New Jersey club sound is not something that Drake has to do to get us all to like him. He was trying to go a new route and create a shift in the culture. We don’t want it like that. We want to hear Drake in all his glory the way that we have always loved him. He has one track where he raps “Jimmy Cooks” featuring 21 Savage and to be honest, that one isn’t even one of his better tracks. I’ll give him half a point for his singing and half a point for the way that this album was delivered with the quickness on the sly. Other than that, this one is pretty bad. I hope Drake can redeem himself by the time the year is over.
Drake drops his long-awaited album Certified Lover Boy that the whole world has been anxiously awaiting. There were a lot of high hopes for this album and while Drake may have provided some highlights, I don’t think he quite knocked it out of the park with this one. This album just doesn’t have that same cadence as previous releases have. Drake is really only shining on tracks where he raps. It’s a good thing, but we didn’t see as much versatility that he normally has. You will see features from Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Ty Dolla Sign, and more. The beats on here are decent overall, but there are some that just didn’t seem to go there like previous albums had. The highlights on this album include “Love All” where we get a verse from Jay-Z. “N 2 Deep” is another dope sounding song that features Future and has that Houston vibe to it. “Race My Mind” is probably the best slower song on the album. “You Only Live Twice” is another dope pairing of Drake and Rick Ross with a verse thrown in from Lil Wayne as well. The best song on the whole album is “7am On Bridle Path” which Drake is spitting at a top level and throwing some subliminal shots out there as well. All in all, this wasn’t Drake’s best album, but it’s another brick on the house that Drake built.
Drake drops a new three piece project called Scary Hours 2. Upon first hearing, I wasn’t too impressed. But then I listened to it more, and it turns out this project is pretty decent. The first track “What’s Next” I didn’t really like at first, but the more you listen to this one, you can see Drake is on point as usual. “Wants And Needs” featuring Lil Baby is definitely the weakest song on here. Lil Baby is just awful on the mic and needs to stop. Drake gives us a lackluster performance as well. Drake quickly redeems himself on “Lemon Pepper freestyle” assisted by Rick Ross. Both of these bosses spit some crazy bars on this freestyle. If this is just a taste of Drake’s new album coming, we should be in for another banger.
Drake gives fans a surprise mixtape outta nowhere. This one features some previously released material and some brand new joints. This will serve to tide people over until the studio album comes out later this summer. Overall, this was pretty average for Drake. You can tell this was just something to throw out there. There are some decent joints on here. Lyrically, he is pretty sharp on the tracks he is rapping on. He definitely delivers some personal bars for his dad on “Losses.” “Toosie Slide” is definitely his attempt at making a viral TikTok song. It is very debatable if he accomplished that with this track. Some of the songs just sound like throwaways like “D4L Freestyle” and “Pain 1993.” The far and away best track on here is “When To Say When” which showcases by Drake is one of the best out today. His relentless bars are personal yet top tier. He is delivering like a superstar should. Production wise, this project is pretty standard as far as Drake records go. You pretty much get what you expect. Hopefully he got the bad ones out of his system so that the album will be pure genius and another classic.
Drake and Future team up again to put out the second edition of their What A Time To Be Alive series. This one seems to be an unofficial mixtape. To be quite honest, this one is pretty much mostly garbage. The first offering they had was pretty decent. I think they went for more of a collaboration on that one while they blended their styles together to get the best of both worlds. On this offering, it is basically a Future album with moments of Drake sprinkled throughout. While Drake sounds decent when he sings solo on songs like “Like I’m Supposed To,” there isn’t much more to offer on this record. Future just sounds absolutely awful. He sounds like a pill-infested, lean-chugging zombie. It’s actually quite pitiful how bad his bars are. The beats on here aren’t much better at all. It definitely sounds thrown together and shoddy at best. This is one of the first times that I can remember that Drake has served up a dud of an album and all fingers are pointing at Future as the reason. Drake needs to stop collaborating with people that aren’t as talented as him even if they are so-called “hot” at the moment.
Drizzy returns with his 5th studio album and this one is pure brilliance. Everyone was waiting for this one to see if Drake would reply to Pusha T and also address some of the swirling rumors surrounding himself, his family, and his career. Drake DEFINITELY took the L from Pusha T, but I think he still was able to roll out his album release gracefully. After basically conceding to King Push, Drake drops a double album for us for the summer. This album has 2 sides, a rap side and a singing side and both are fantastic. Of course you have the singles “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What” which are both flawless in their own right. The intro “Survival” is Drake’s chance to set the bar for the album and also address some of the current issues he is dealing with. “Nonstop” is a dope track where Drake switches up his usual flow to show you his versatility. On “Talk Up,” he enlists the assistance of the God MC Jay-Z and we get yet another classic verse from Hova. The crowning achievement on the rap side is easily “Sandra’s Rose” produced by DJ Premier. This is Drake at his finest over a flawless beat with flawless, top level rhymes. This might possibly be his best song ever. On the singing side, he flips is and shows us why he is great in that lane as well. Some great songs include “Jaded” and “Don’t Matter To Me” which has a Michael Jackson feature on it. Only the best of the best could enlist help from the posthumous king of pop. The best song on this side to me is “Ratchet Happy Birthday” which has a dope track and Drake sings over top of it effortlessly. This could possibly be his best album ever. If it is not his number 1, then it might be a close second. This will be your soundtrack to the summer of 2018.
Drake’s latest mixtape is pretty decent. A lotta fire is to be found on this joint. I think he was smart in calling it a playlist instead of an album because it plays more like a playlist. There are a lot of different types of songs, a lot of different vibes, and a lot of different sounds to hear on this project. Lyrically, Drake is bringing a little heat. He may not be at the top of the game right now, but he is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He definitely brings the bars on tracks like “Free Smoke,” “Lose You,” and “Do Not Disturb.” I think the main format of this project is similar to views but he has an updated sound on it. I’d almost call it more of a reggae vibe on this one. Not to say that it is all reggae but some of the tracks just give me that vibe. I’d say the standout track is probably the Kanye West-assisted “Glow.” Ye is at the top of his game on this track and the two of them together on this track make them sound like legends. There are some lower points on the project as well such as “Portland” and “Sacrifices” and the horrible features on both of those tracks. These tracks are straight garbage and should have been thrown away. Despite a few misses like those, it’s overall a pretty decent effort. If you are a Drake fan, you will definitely enjoy this playlist so make sure you go and cop it.
This was the one that EVERYONE was waiting for. The big one. Most anticipated album of the year. I definitely have to say it was worth the wait. We had been hearing rumors on it and getting leaked songs from it for weeks. The night before it leaked, it seemed like it took forever but it finally arrived. I think this is a very solid album overall. A lot of people wanted more rap and Drake brought more singing but I am not mad at that at all. It’s what he has done his whole career and it is what he is good at. I would have liked to have seen more rapping on this album but overall, I can’t complain. I think that the production is very good on the album. 40 does a great job and seems to create the exact tracks that fit into Drake’s catalog. I think that Drake’s content is good. I know that a lot of people think it is repetitive. Like how many times do we need to hear him crying about a girl? But I think he is being honest and genuine and it shows through. He does that a lot better than a lot of these other horrible rappers out here today. When he raps, it is very strong. “Weston Road Flows” and the title track “Views” are among the best on the album. I also think a lot of the tracks have a summertime, upbeat feel to them such as “With You” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR. These 3 are the standout tracks on the album. I think that this is another very strong brick on the house that Drake built. Granted, this will be one that you will have to be in the mood to listen to, it will deliver when you are in that certain mood.