Unpicking Drake’s New Album ‘More Life’
The Debrief: The 7 things you need to know – including his obsession with J.Lo
Drake is the first artist to reach 10bill streams on Spotify, which is no surprise to anyone who’s already pressed play on his latest mixtape More Life. Dropped this past weekend, it’s the closest thing we’ll get to a Drake album this year – sadface – and it’s the nearest thing we’ll have to evidence of his relationship with J.Lo. The 22-strong drop is essentially a playlist of his favourite musicians of the moment as it features a host of OVO buds, like Giggs, Skepta and Sampha. There’s a lot to chew on from this new studio project, including these seven talking points...
Why Isn’t There A Drake Feat. J.Lo Track?
Yes, we’re upset about this too. After teasing us with Instagram’s of the pair cuddling in the studio, we were dead cert that when the album was announced back in December, we’d hear the Latinx’s vocals on More Life, but they were notably absent. While Drizzy does rap ‘I drunk text J-Lo / Old number, so it bounce back’ on Free Smoke and hints he use to have a crush on her by sampling If You Had My Love on Teenage Fever, that’s the most we hear from her. All we can think is the break-up was sooo messy, he’s heartbroken.
It’s A Love Letter To Grime
We already knew Drake had a thing for Skepty after he got a Boy Better Know tatt and signed to the Grime star’s label. And, he solidified his fandom of the genre when he made a guest appearance on stage with his main man at a Section Boyz gig in Shoreditch in February. But, he took this relationship to the next level by dedicating a track to Skepty, called Skepta Interlude, and featured Giggs on two tracks.
Kanye And Drake Have Put Their Spat Behind Them
Yeezy and Drizzy have patched things up, finnnally. After Ye dissed Drake last year for being played too much on the radio the pair’s friendship has been in limbo, but that seems to behind them as Kanye raps on and produced More Life’s track Glow.
Aubrey Graham Will Not Be Tied To One Genre
Not only does the album include collabs with Sampha, Skepta, Giggs and Kanye, and Trapp stars Quavo, Travis Scott, Young Thug and 2 Chainz, but it also samples Earth, Wind & Fire’s Devotion, DJ Black Coffee’s Superman and – curveball alert – Sonic The Hedgehog’s His World. Yes, you read that correctly.
Sampha And Drizzy Need To Have A Chat With The Taxman
Don’t let Sampha’s soothing tones lull you into thinking the song 4422 is about anything other than property tax. While we aren’t sure exactly what this means, the numbers 4422 is an IRS code for an application for ‘Certificate Discharging Property Subject To Estate Tax Lien’.
Drake’s Mom Is A Big Michelle Obama Fangirl
It seems Aubrey’s mom Sandi Graham is the thing that’s keeping the rapper grounded. On the song Can’t Have Everything, Sandi can be heard leaving a voicemail to her son. She asks him to check his emotions saying, ‘this negative tone that I'm hearing in your voice these days. And I can appreciate where your uncertainty stems from, and you have reason to question your anxieties and how disillusioned you feel as well, feeling sceptical about who you believe you can trust. But that attitude will just hold you back in this life.’ She finishes by quoting Michelle Obama’s famous 2016 Democratic National Convention speech, ‘when others go low, we go high.’
This Is The Last We’ll Hear From Him For A While
In the closing track, Do Not Disturb, Drake suggests he’s now taking a break from music. He says, ‘Taking summer off cause they tell me I need recovery / Maybe gettin’ back to my regular life will humble me / I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.’
See you in 2018 Champagnepapi!
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