On March 18th Drake released his 8th project - More Life, presented to us as a "playlist". In this go around, Drizzy made sure to give us a compilation of music that we have minimally heard from him before. Like typical Drake fashion, the album has features from top to bottom. The main thing that makes More Life different is the angle of the chosen features this time going. From the second song on the album, international music stars begin to make their appearance throughout the playlist. The London rapper, Giggs brings a rougher element to the album while Jorja Smith from the United Kingdom gives the project a softer touch with her Classic Soul sounding voice. More Life also features the DJ Black Coffee from South Africa as well, making this project one of the most globally appealing albums on the charts right now.
Although this may not strike a lot of his fans as their favorite album, this is undoubtedly the most diverse and dynamic piece by Drake. With so many sounds outside of America rap and Pop (demonstrated on songs like "Madiba Riddim" and "Get It Together" with Black Coffee), he was able to deepen his catalog with another sound. This fact birthed the thought in my mind that this is the Drake that he always wanted us to hear, and made me wonder about the next steps for him as a growing rap artist in this industry.
A big chunk of the content on the album responds to the heavy criticism from his last album, Views. Throughout this album you could tell that Drake chose a different direction in energy to give the people this go around. After hearing fans and critics take jabs at the lack in creativity on Views for almost a year, the 6 God was able to practically reinvent himself. Drake reflected on his journey from Views until now on the hookless outro of "Do Not Disturb", where he snapped for about 5-minutes straight (which he has continued a trend from the outros on his most recent albums: "6pm in New York" [IYRTITL], "30 for 30 Freestyle" [WATTBA], and "Views" [Views]).
The production on this album is even put together differently than the work of his last albums. As we are known for his main producer 40 producing just about every song, he only produced 6 of 22 tracks this time. The other production on the album offers the most variety in sound that we have heard on a Drake album. Next to some of the international sounds on the album, the main producers on the album are Boi-1da, T-Minus, Frank Dukes, and Nineteen85 come together to create more. These producers are responsible for work on ANTi, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, The Life of Pablo and Nothing Was The Same. With Boi-1da, T-Minus and Nineteen85 being from Canada, it makes this album even more of a statement for Drake and his home country. The producers on the album made sure to continue the sample smash that Drake has been diving into lately. The perfectly chopped sample of Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love" on "Teenage Fever" gives us a vintage Drake sound that we've been known to rock with in the past (similar to "Redemption", "Madonna", "Marvin's Room", or "Karaoke"). Drake took this same idea and actually sampled his own "Marvin's Room" on "Jorja Interlude". The genius in placing Stevie Wonder's solo from his own song in the background of this interlude was Drake letting us know that he's in a different category than most artists and he's been doing this for a while. My favorites on this album are "Passion Fruit", "Portland" feat. Quavo & Travis Scott, "Teenage Fever" and "Do Not Disturb".