Album Review: Drake’s ‘More Life’

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“And more chune for your head top so watch how you speak on my name.” After months of anticipation, Drake’s album “More Life” has finally dropped, and at the very least, it’s just further proof as to why Drake is undeniably the biggest name in music. At the very most, it’s an instant classic, and one of Drake’s best projects to date.

More Life is not an album, rather, “A playlist by October Team” – which explains the twenty-two song track listing – that combines global influences, numerous features and great producing to create nearly an hour and a half’s worth of original music and classic Drake vibes. It opens with “Free Smoke” and “No Long Talk” (feat. Giggs, who makes two appearances) both songs that sound straight out of “What a Time to Be Alive,” or even “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” “Passionfruit” follows, which is ‘soft-Drake’ at his most accessible, with a groovy beat produced by Nana Rouges and Take Care type lyrics. “Get It Together,” “Madiba Riddim,” and “Blem” are some of the more worldly songs, encompassing Jamaican dancehall influences and catchy hooks to give off a good-feel, summertime vibe, similar to that of “Passionfruit.”

As Drake does so well, for every one of his softer pop songs he comes right back with classic rap, full of witty rhymes and a combination of flows. “Gyalchester,” “KMT,” and “Lose You” are all examples, showing no shortage of confidence in his description of life as one of the world’s biggest stars. One of the perks of Drake’s success is his ability to get big-name features. Quavo and Travis Scott, for example, make appearances on “Portland,” which was produced Cu Beatz and Murda.

The song talks about the road to stardom and the originality the three still possess, hence the name Portland: home of the Trail Blazers. A large part of Drake’s success can be accredited to this accessibility and his ever-growing demographic. He can rap with the best of them or sing a hook on Top 40 radio, and each album he releases tries to encompass both. What makes More Life so good isn’t in the versatility or the number of features, although both help, but in the way it flows. Twenty-two songs could pass as a box set or a greatest hits album, but Drake’s popularity, creativity and willingness to push the boundaries allows him to drop projects like “More Life,” and do so with incredible success.

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