Last Saturday, Drake released his latest project "More Life" on OVO Sound Radio, his label's weekly radio show on Apple Music. Due to Drake's immensely successful music career over the past decade, which has been decorated by four studio albums, four mix-tapes, numerous awards, and countless features on top hits, the world paid attention when the rapper-singer dropped "More Life".
Described by the artist as a "playlist" rather than an album, the 22-song collection shows us the Drake we've always known, as well as the continued evolution of the new Drake we discovered on his preceding smash album "Views." Much like the Drake from "Take Care" and much of "Nothing Was The Same," the artist melodically conveys romantic vulnerability, which Drake unwillingly gained a reputation for early in his career, as well as competitive stress, mistrust, and ruthless dominance, emotions which the artist seems to have developed along his journey towards becoming both a mammoth in the music industry and a cultural icon in general.
Drake's ascension to the top of the music industry was gradual. Laden with a great deal of conflict and controversy, his rise has included feuds, lawsuits, and even physical altercations with many other artists including but not limited to Jay Z, Diddy, Tyga, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, Kid Cudi, and, most notably, Meek Mill, who accused Drake of using a ghostwriter to write his lyrics for him. Drake addressed the ghostwriting rumors with two tracks aimed to diss Meek Mill in 2015, which effectively ended the feud. Drake further mentioned him in "Free Smoke," the first track of "More Life."
Drake's composure and success despite controversy and conflict on all fronts seems to prove that he now has no one to compete with but himself. That is, the artist still embodies the hungry comeback-kid we heard on his mixtape "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."
"People like you more when you're working towards something," he raps in "Lose You," the 16th track of "More Life." "Not when you have it."
Drake's voice is hardly the only voice heard on the project: "4422" is a full song by the soul artist Sampha, while "Skepta Interlude" is a full song by the British grime rapper Skepta. Other notable artists including Quavo, Travis Scott, 2Chainz, Young Thug, and Kanye West also make appearances.
In the first week of its release, "More Life" has received widespread acclaim. The thirteen most streamed Spotify songs in the United States can all be found on the album with many more songs from "More Life" scattered throughout the U.S. Top 50 chart.