Drake’s ‘More Life’ Is Here

After months of anticipation, Drake’s new album, More Life, arrived today, first premiering on OVO Sound Radio before becoming available for streaming via Apple Music and other outlets. Prior to its release, Drake described the album, which comes less than a year after his multi-platinum fourth album, Views, as a “playlist” to “bridge the gap between major releases,” and many speculated that More Life would ultimately land as something like Jay Z’s Dynasty project, a crew album slash solo release. The project is executive produced by his longtime manager and friend, Oliver Eli-Khatib, who also executive produced the Toronto MC’s breakout mixtape, So Far Gone.

Early word suggested that the album would be stacked with the many British artists Drake has been seen with over the past few years, and that checks out. Grime legend Giggs appears on two songs, including More Life‘s second track, “No Long Talk.” Skepta has his own interlude, “Skepta’s Interlude,” and Sampha appears on several songs. Young Thug, Quavo, Travis Scott, 21 Savage and PARTYNEXTDOOR are all also on the album, but the biggest headline among the guest verses is Kanye West’s appearance on “Glow.”

More Life already seen it’s fare share of commercial fanfare–“Fake Love”–and likely stands to reassert Drake’s chart dominance. This new project, however, is slated to accomplish something different that Views for Drake. For all of the accolades Views garnered, hardcore rap circles took Drizzy to task for resting on his pop star laurels a tad too heavily. Following his announcement of More Life in October, Drake unleashed one of the more traditional rap songs of his 2016 catalog, “Two Birds, One Stone,” in which he sent some shots at Pusha T and Kid Cudi that may have missed their marks; the lyrics about Cudi, who’d recently checked into rehab for “suicidal thoughts,” drew a particularly abhorrent reaction on social media. Otherwise, the track was an impressive offering from Drake, who often delivers his best raps when choruses aren’t involved.

But coupled with a street anthem featuring of-the-moment Atlanta rapper 21 Savage and a “Hotline Bling” rework titled “Fake Love,” some felt vaguely like Drake was pandering. And that has made More Life‘s presumed task–to reassert Drake’s vice grip on the rap game–significantly taller.

Today we get to find out how he did. Listen as More Life premieres on Beats1’s OVO Sound Radio here.

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