Canadian superstar drake has been the one of the most polarizing figures in Hip-Hop in recent memory. His last project “Views” was very mediocre and had people questioning if Drake was done for. After a couple of tours and a few singles he announced a new “playlist”. Like many others I was confused at this new label, Aubrey was using for his album, It seems as though Drake wanted to be extra with this record. Like my guy just call it an album. But I digress. Did Drake deliver or is Aubrey finally on a downfall?
So right off the back Drake comes in with his bravado and tough guy raps, which I enjoyed. But after this the album starts to go downhill. No Long Talk had potential but felt like a B-Side on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and the verse from Giggs was trash as fuck. The next 5 tracks are unbearable and I deleted them off of my ITunes. The playlist picks back up with 4422 and from here on out the project is actually enjoyable. Asides from Giggs making another appearance later in the playlist the second half is much more enjoyable than the first half. The second half of the playlist, is where drake and guests shine. Dropping off the more enjoyable tracks. The production on the whole project is good and flows great from track to track.
So I was kind of surprised by this project, while I did have a few issues with this “playlist” the final product was better than his last effort “Views”. The beats were better and had more enjoyable tracks. My gripes with this album begin with the terrible faux dance-hall tracks that take up a good amount of the first half of this album, it felt as though he didn’t even try with these tracks. The effort on these tracks were laughable and came off as disingenuous. While i did enjoy the track Glow, it felt as though this track was unfinished and more could have been added to make it more of a complete song. At 22 tracks, this could have easily been cut down, to help this flow better. I’m all for experimenting and branching off to collaborate and work with other artist, but the rapper Giggs ruins two songs on More Life and I want to know why Aubrey put this guy on any of these tracks. He sounds like actor in a Stop Smoking Commercial, but get your money my guy do you. More Life was a decent project, but it had so much potential and could have been better in certain areas.
Favorite Tracks: Free Smoke, Portland, Lose You, Glow, Teenage Fever, Do Not Disturb
What did you think about MORE LIFE? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Let me know what you guys think. Be safe out here.