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Drake Celebrates His Birthday With Release of Four Songs and Announcement of New Project ‘More Life’

The best year of Drake’s life is only getting better, as he prepared to turn the big 3-0 today with an early gift to fans. On last night’s special edition episode of OVO Sound Radio on Beats1, Drizzy premiered four new songs and announced a new “playlist” project, More Life.

Though the new music is technically a surprise, Drake did tease at the release over the weekend with a bit of a cryptic social media maneuver. Complex shared the flyer for last night’s episode of OVO Sound on Saturday and suggested that Drizzy might use the joyous occasion as an opportunity to let loose with some of the new music he’s been working on. Drake commented on the post with the “bullseye” emoji, an indication that they were suggesting correctly.

Drake claimed that More Life will be less of a mixtape or album, and more of a “playlist,” featuring original music from Drizzy and members and affiliates of OVO Sound. The Toronto native declared that he’d like to provide a “soundtrack to your life.” So far, the soundtrack will touch several corners of Drake’s arsenal, from his interest in the U.K. scene–his remix with Santan Dave, “Wanna Know”–to his cutthroat, subliminal lyricism–“Two Birds, One Stone.” In addition to those tracks, Drake also liberated two more, “Fake Love” and “Sneakin'” featuring 21 Savage. With the exception of “Wanna Know,” each song will be found on More Life in December.

It’s been a non-stop run for Drake since he surprise-released If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in February of 2015. He teamed with Future 7 months later for a joint mixtape, What a Time to Be Alive, and released another solo project of his own, his fourth solo LP Views, 7 months after that. Each of those projects debuted atop the Billboard 200 and have since been certified platinum.

2016 specifically, however, has added a historic jewel to Drake’s crown. Views moved over 1 million equivalent units in its first week as an Apple Music exclusive, a career first, and was #1 on the Billboard 200 for a whopping 13 non-consecutive weeks, a career best. In addition, the album’s lead single, “One Dance,” spent 10 consecutive weeks at #1, also a career best, and was the first solo #1 of Drake’s career.

Below, you can stream all four of the new bangers. Enjoy.

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