This week we continue our newly released album review with
Drake – More Life
Review: Jamie Read.
When Drake performed a succession of dates in London during March, he spoke of his love for the city.
He mentioned it’s similarities to his beloved 6, (The nick-name for Toronto) and had guest appearances from artists from the UK grime genre.
Drake claimed that the 2016 release Views had been released with the UK in mind, something that might be the same for More Life.
The high esteem kin which he holds grime scene, which has seen Stormzy recently become a number one artist, seeps onto this release with featured works by Giggs; No Long Talk and Kmt and Skepta; Skepta Interlude.
This nod to the grime scene is not just a token gesture. They, like all the featuring artists on this release, add to impressiveness of Drake.
Arguably the biggest name that features on More Life is Kanye West. Yeezy features on Glow and the track is a brilliant coming together of rappers about their transformation into worldwide mega stars.
On Teenage Fever Drake discusses a relationship change from Rihanna to Jennifer Lopez, also using a sample of the latter for the chorus.
As well as using the UK for an influence, the Canadian turns to an African sound. Passionfruit, Get It Together and Madiba Riddim use this sound. All of these tracks are likely to be massive hits. Their sounds are perfect summer tracks, with Passionfruit already being a radio success. I personally believe Get It Together could rival One Dance for absurd popularity.
Towards the back Fake Love has already been a huge success and many of these 22 tracks could follow suit.
In terms of popular hip-hop, is there anybody better than Drake right now?
Overall star rating: 4.5/5
Songs to play on repeat: Passionfruit, Get It Together, Madiba Riddim, Skepta Interlude, Kmt, Glow, Fake Love