Turn Up the Music: More Life
Overnight, Drake dropped his 7th studio album, More Life: A Playlist by October Firm. It’s been a year since Views and the monstrous success of One Dance. With 22 tracks (!) this album is a bit hefty. Thus, I will not be doing a song-by-song review. Drake is referring to the album as a playlist, which appears to be an accurate with the eclectic mix of songs. Once again, uses some of his go-to, consistent products 40 and Boi-1da, but also picked up some UK artists to contribute to the playlist. These are my opinions on most and least favorite songs after a second full listen.
- Passionfruit: This song is a love/breakup song that has a great groove and I can see myself listening to it through the summer. Check out the vocals from Zoë Kravitz.
- Get It Together: Featuring Jorja Smith, her silky vocals make this song a good follow-up to Passionfruit. She’s telling Drake he need to get his act together after the inconsistent messages he gives in Passionfruit. When the album was released, there was a rumor that J.Lo was supposed to be on the track instead of Jorja. Keeping Jorja was a great call.
- Skepta Interlude: Skepta slayed!!! The beat goes hard as well. But it doesn’t have Drake…Sorry, I still like it. That’s why it’s a playlist.
- Can’t Have Everything: This song is one of the few on the playlist with solid rapping from Drake. Themed around the battle of struggling with the troubles fame brings. Mo’ money, mo’ problems.
- Fake Love: Serving as the first single from the album, this track continues to be an enjoyable standout on the playlist.
- Blam: Blah. Pseudo-Dancehall but not as catching as One Dance.
- Teenage Fever: When I heard one of the tracks would have a J.Lo If I Had Your Love sample, I was excited. Ho hum. It was an underwhelming use of the sample.
- Glow: Ya’ll know I love me some Yeezy. However, the poor falsetto and lazy lyrics from both Kanye and Drake did nothing for me.
Overall, it’s a good Drake album, but not in his best. The playlist vibe to the album is what takes me out of it, as his albums are typically quite cohesive. Also, lyrically, the album offers nothing new from Drake—fame, women, no new friends, and woes (even his momma is concerned on Can’t Have Everything). However, songs with heavy Afrobeat/riddim/dancehall influences are what make the album enjoyable. In fact, I would love an instrumental of this “playlist” because the production on this album is solid. All in all, the others seem to really enjoy this album as it has set enormous records. Continue to give it some more spins.